852. Den Maritime Base

The idea sounds fine. Putting youth out on a ship so they can skip possible drug use. The execution far from fine. Lacking teachers and being confined in a foreign harbor where the children can go into town unaccompanied. According to a TV2 documentary in the Danish TV2, it did not take very long time before the teenagers connected with a local drug-dealer so they could smoke weed almost every day.

We are talking about an arrangement which put the taxpayers back some 39,800 dollars per student.

And we are not even talking about the security risk a teenager alone in another part of the world would risk. Fact is that some of the teenagers came back without proper schooling which they were promised and it is a huge setback for their future. That is not something which is fun for the teenager when reaching adulthood and face the reality of life without proper career due to lack of education.

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851. Desert Hills

Desert Hills located in Albuquerque, New Mexico closed in 2019. Various lawsuits mention Acadia Healthcare as owner. Drugs were used on the children and not to heal them but to control their temper.

Lawsuits also mention various forms of abuse including sexual abuse.

It could not have been fun to be there as a child.

Reviews left on Rehab.com mention:

i was a patient in 2014 for 4 months. i was sent there because i had just been removed from a home where i was abused for 4 years. i was starved, brainwashed, emotionally abused, & upon many other things. i don’t remember alot after what happened because i blocked it out, but i have vivid memories of my treatment here. i remember almost all the ppl i was grouped w & the staff. i was in the aspen branch i believe in the girls unit. i don’t remember being treated poorly, except for the other patients who would physically harm me, but their behavior was punished so i didnt mind. this place holds so many memories for me & this is the only i really felt like i could reach out, because they apparently closed april 1st.

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A few years ago i was a patient in this facility. I am 15 years old now and was 12 when I left. I hated the place. Some of the staff were helpful but most (like 95 percent of the staff) didn’t take their job seriously and would literally look at their phones most of the time. Even though a lot of new and great staff came in every day, the kids would pick and choose the staff by making them quit by either physical or emotional means. This made it so the whole facility was under staffed and in utter chaos. I stayed here for a long time because it was so stressful my priority was staying safe and not getting out by behaving. If you tried to behave the kids that were the worst would be happy to push you past your breaking point and then do whatever you could to get out of the unit. Also, the “ring-leaders” of the unit would scare the staff so much that the staff would give them good marks on their check board saying that “they did great today” even if they didn’t.

It could not have been fun to be there as a child.

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850. Children’s Village (Dobbs Ferry)

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.

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849. Kurn Hattin Homes for Children

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.

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848. Godhavn

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.

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847. Aaløkkegaard

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.

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846. Woodland Hills Youth Development Center

The Woodland Hills Youth Development Center is a detention center in Tennessee. A number of articles paint a not so bright picture of the facility. Riots, improper relationships between employees and the young detainees, sexual abuse and some of the children running away.

It course it is a prison. It is supposed to be a place where the youth can be held while the society tries to make them good citizens again. But with all those things happening there, they might turn out worse compared to when they went in.

It is not supposed be a fun place to be as a teenager but it is far worse as it should be.

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845. Spring Ridge Academy

Spring Ridge Academy located in Mayer, Spring Valley, Arizona. The facility is targeted by a lawsuit.

A former student wrote on Google:

I was forced to attend this ‘school’ over 20 years ago now. I still feel traumatized. Parents: Do NOT send your child here just because things are difficult. Research ‘troubled teen industry’ scams and the effects of parental abandonment during your teen’s formative years before you do this. I’m grown now, and I still can’t forgive my parents for doing this to me; we haven’t spoken in almost 10 years. This was one of the most awful experiences I endured growing up. Please find another way.

Her experience seems to be very much in line with testimonies from other former students.

The founder Jeannie Courtney used to work at a WWASP facility – Cross Crook in Utah which is also mentioned in this blog.

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844. Solstice East Residential Treatment Center

In 2021 people gathered to protest against Solstice East – a residential treatment center located in Weaverville, North Carolina. Since 2020 there have been a lot of focus on the long-term consequences of having been placed in a restricted hospital setting while underaged. An article speak of extensive use of isolation rooms.

A report from 2020 made by the North Carolina Division of Health Service Regulation was very critical of the facility. The facility was given a number of issues, they should work on.

If a facility does not comply with state standards it means that it does not sound like fun to be there as a teenager.

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843. Eliada Children’s Home

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.

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