The Children’s Village located in Dobbs Ferry, New York since 1901 has a dark evil past which is now about to be revealed. It was named New York Juvenile Asylum before. Many lawsuits concerning alleged sexual abuse have emerged. Investigation into the matter is still ongoing here in 2021.
The facility has existed since 1851. More recent cases shows that there had been problems as late as in 2006.
Some acts of abuse were made by former employees, others by former children placed at the facility and the management did according to the lawsuit not address the problems.
It could not have been fun to be placed there as a child.
A group home located in Westminster, Vermont has been forced to surrender its license due to a number of issues. They failed to report sexual abuse within 24 hours as mandated by law.
April 2019 a girl was forced to have sex with male classmate. Nine boys who were residents of Kurn Hattin “had been engaging in sexualized activity with each other.” according to an article. In the past it was even worse: Documents, social media posts and interviews with victims detail how more than 60 children who came from disadvantaged homes were allegedly assaulted from the 1940s through 2019. Eerily similar patterns of sexual, physical and psychological abuse were covered up for decades, victims say.
Children as young as 7 years old have said they were molested by Kurn Hattin caregivers, administrators or peers.
It was too late to change the general approach at the facility, so it was decided that the group home should no longer operate and close down.
It could not have been fun to be there as a child.
- Under state pressure, Kurn Hattin gives up license (VT Digger)
- ‘Culture of abuse’ alleged at Kurn Hattin over 80 years (VT Digger)
- Kurn Hattin Home Students Report Sexual Abuse (Sibley Dolman Gipe)
Founded in 1893 as a reform school, it was converted into an orphanages in 1923. Up til around the early 1970’s the management used not alone corporal punishment but also beatings to an extend so it was abuse. None of the adults were charged when the facility went through a reform in the early 1970’s in order to avoid a scandal because the state had neglected its oversight and supervision of the facility.
In 2019 prime minister Mette Frederiksen apologized on behalf of the state of Denmark for failed actions to intervene in the past.
The number of children staying at the facility were reduced and the children got their own rooms. For a number of decades everything then sounded fine.
But in 2021 news came that the facility failed to reports incidents where they had restrained the children which is against the laws in Denmark as every case where children are restrained has to be reported to the state authorities in order to evaluate the use of restraints and learn how to prevent them in the future.
It functioned as inspiration for the movie “Der kommer en dag” (The day will come)
It could not be fun to be there as child in the past and not now either as there is a reason for the mandatory reports to be made.
- Magtanvendelser mod anbragte børn og unge bliver ikke indberettet (TV2 News – in Danish language)
- Rørt Mette Frederiksen til Godhavnsdrengene: På vegne af Danmark, undskyld (Danmarks Radio – in Danish language)
- Danish PM apologises for historical abuse in children’s homes (BBC)
- Der kommer en dag (Internet Movie Database)
Aaløkkegaard was a children orphanages located in Odense. It existed until 1955 when it was closed for reasons, I have not been able to obtain information about.
From 1955 to 1980 the facility now under new management was a kind of boarding school. The abuse mentioned in various articles happened when it was an orphanages (between 1920 and 1955).
Today the building house ordinary apartments.
According to an article on TV2 Fyn men from the higher circles in Odense could rent a child at the home for a short time so they could fulfill personal needs which almost every time was not in the interest of the child. Beatings, sexual abuse is among the issues mentioned in the article.
It could not have been fun to be there as a child.
- Tæsk, bank og voldtægt: Brutale børnehjemsminder bliver til teater (Danmarks Radio – in Danish language)
- Vidne fra børnehjem: Voldtægt var hverdag (TV2 Fyn)
Children at the Eliada Children’s Home has been removed by the state authorities. Their license were suspended meaning that the children must be removed to protect their safety.
An article mentions that three children were reported injured in “serious occurrences” in the facility over just one weekend.
Furthermore in a three-month span from November 2018 through January 2019, documents say, there were 81 cases of Eliada employees using “restrictive interventions” with clients. That is a clear sign that the employees were not trained to talk to the children in a way where such actions could be prevented.
It could not be fun to have been placed at the facility as a teenager.
A group home in the Powell area is mentioned in newspaper articles. The owner has been charged child endangering because one of the residents suffered a frostbite. Whether he owner sought medical attendance at once or delayed it as the police sees it, is purely a legal question for the courts to decide.
But setting up the conditions which led to the resident getting the frostbite, is the responsibility of the group home. If the conditions are that harsh, the boys should not be allowed activities outside.
The facility was started by a employee who used to work for Mouth Carmel (which is also mentioned in this blog)
That could not be fun to be there as a teenager.
- Owner of Powell group home charged after teen suffers frostbite (Powell Tribune)
- Mount Carmel has struggled to keep staffers and strike educational balance (The Billing Gazette Wyoming Bureau)
- Owner of Powell group home charged after teen suffers frostbite (Wyoming Tribune Eagle)
CALO Teens also known as Calo Institute was mentioned in the media due the imprisonment of an employee which has sex with a 14-year-old girl he encountered working for the so-called residential treatment center.
A quick research shows children running away from the facility too. People from the LGBT community complains about the treatment, they received as teenagers.
It cannot be fun to be there as a teenager.
- Former Calo Worker Sent to Prison for Violating Probation (KRMS radio)
- CALO’s Connections and Huey’s “Secret” (The American Spring Network)
- THOMAS VICTOR RILEY – 2009 (CALO – CHANGE ACADEMY LAKE OF THE OZARKS)
- I want you to know about my former treatment center which claims to be LGBT friendly but actually abuses LGBT teens (Reddit)
The childrens home Strandberg was located in Virum. It was a so-called Christian children’s home and it seems that the manager sometime weighed religion over mental diagnoses. The former manager died in 2014.
It could not have been fun to be placed there as a child in need of special professional care.
The Bryn Estyn care home which have been closed was in the news due to the trial against a former employee. The buildings now house a conference center named Erla Centre. Former employees were sentenced for offenses like violating boys as young as 12, offences of buggery, attempted buggery and indecent assault.
It is safe to conclude that it could not have been fun to be there as a child.
The police in Wales are doing an investigation in the past at Children’s home called Operation Flight. One of the results were the conviction of former employees at the Ty Mawr School near Monmouthshire.
A total of 23 years jail were handed out and the employees were ordered to register as sex offenders for the rest of their lives.
It cannot have been fun to be there as a child