If you are
considering placing your child in a residential facility
which is operated by a private business, consider the
following danger signs which may indicate that the
facility poses a potential risk to your child.
Minors are not allowed unrestricted and unmonitored
communication with their parents or other family
The program is not licensed and regulated by the state.
3. The entry contract requires parents to delegate
parental rights to the business operating the
4. When children are allowed to call their parents,
their phone calls are monitored or censored.
The contract signed by the parents stipulates that the
facility will not be sued if the child is injured in the
Residents who reach upper levels of the program are
allowed to discipline lower-level children in the
7. Program rules stipulate that children and parents
will not discuss or disclose what goes on in the
8. Parents must attend and successfully complete
seminars before they are allowed to visit their child.
Part of the contract signed by the parents stipulates
that the facility may use force against the child if
necessary, including the use of restraints.
10. The facility is located outside the United States
and thus the child is not protected by American laws
prohibiting child abuse and neglect.
11. Parents are encouraged to hire a special "escort"
service to abduct and transport their child to the
facility, or if parents do transport their own child,
they are not allowed to remain with the child during the
intake process at the facility.
12. Children are not allowed to talk to other residents
in the facility without the permission and presence of
13. Children are sometimes held in isolation rooms for
extended periods of time.
14. The facility's philosophy is "parents are our
clients, children are our products."
15. The facility does not have licensed therapists on
16. The facility is not licensed by the state in which
it is located to issue diplomas as an accredited
17. The educational process does not involve classroom
lectures and discussions facilitated by credentialed
teachers, but rather is entirely a matter of independent
18. Residents have no privacy while using the restroom,
dressing, and bathing.
19. There is no licensed medical personnel on staff at
Parents are pressured by a sales representative to
immediately send their child to a specific program
rather than being encouraged to take the necessary time
to shop around for other programs.