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Monday, November 24, 2014

Pay attention to the states your looking at: Vanguard School is not what you think

Some schools could still be abusive and substandard rip-offs even without the 'therapeutic' label. For example, there is a special school in Lake Wales, Florida called the Vanguard School that does just that. According to local reports there has been incidents of students abusing other students and the staff/teachers not responding due to the school being run so cheaply. So when searching for a special boarding or day school, make sure that it's NOT therapeutic (this category has a very punitive approach) and does NOT serve too many categories or a full range of disorders like a 'one size fits all' fashion. Make sure that the schools specialization/services is specific with your child's disability. However special schools may not be the only option available depending on your child's disability, you should check what kind of special ed services that the private school provides.


Saturday, November 8, 2014

More Coverage on Tiarra Blanca Ranch Abuse

It's been a while since I've done a blog post. This was due to the lack of coverage the past few months, until now that is.
This time the owner of Tiarra Blanca Ranch is fighting back.
Why? Because the parents and the media are destroying his business. So he is suing the victims, parents, and the reporters for defamation.
New Mexico is calling this "one of the biggest child abuse cases" they've ever dealt with. The state is now pressing more criminal charges against the owner this time. Will Scott Chandler be brought to justice?  That all depends on how much corruption is in the New Mexico courts.
There's also a lawsuit that attempts to expose the illegal contract which the parent grants the facility with parental authority. Sometimes, they request to sign away custody rights too!! In this contract it states they are NEVER liable for any wrong doing to the child. Thus, abuse and murder are legal in this case according to the corrupt courts.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Family Foundation School (Allynwood) Confirmed for Closure!

The Family Foundation School (Allynwood Academy) has FINALLY decided to close it's doors! This is primarily due to increasingly small enrollment driven by negative press on the internet. It's a very similar fate that happened to the Elan School back in 2011. In it's final years FFS has renamed itself Allynwood Academy to regain it's business and continue to mislead parents. However this tactic failed big time as FFS survivors caught up in the news and warned parents who were likely to enroll their child for treatment or better education. A big thanks' to the survivor group "The Family School Truth" for getting the word out and sharing their stories. They've also included the investigations by the state of New York plus the suicide that took place back in 2004. Let's make sure the staff from this place never re-open it in another state.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Homicide Charges Involved in Group Home Death

A recent death occurred in an Ohio group home for troubled teens. This should come to no surprise as these places are unregulated with almost no oversight. The program called OhioGuidestone seemed to have an unlicensed staff restrain a child after he was provoked. According to investigators, the child got angry and punched a staff in the face which resulted in the fatal restraint.
As expected, the facility refused to comment further on the situation to cover-up their criminal operating practices. It is very likely that the kid felt threatened and was trying to protect himself from a staff who could very easily take advantage of the children in their care. http://www.cleveland.com/berea/index.ssf/2014/05/death_of_teen_physically_restr.html

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Colorado is FINALLY Cracking Down on Abusive Facility Ignored for so Long

This problem is all across the country as many of you know. Even in states with more strict regulations and oversight than other states (such as Utah or Arizona). Unfortunately, this handful of states seem to be the only ones investigating and checking the licensing of staff who work there. The state of Colorado has checked with DHS on licensing of the Adolescent and Family Institute of Colorado with it's owner Alexander Panio under scrutiny. Even more reports come out after a families bipolar daughter committed suicide shortly after being discharged.
It turns out that Panio was not a licensed therapist in the state of Colorado, despite the claim on AFIC's website and the records from DHS. Which means that his Ph.D was illegitimate since it was from an unlicensed and unaccredited school. Even in states that do require accreditation and licensing, there are no regulations regarding accrediting bodies and checking their legitimacy. Which in turn mean that some accrediting bodies can accredit anyone who wishes to be accredited and just let the places regulate themselves. There is a page on this site regarding licensing and oversight in each state.

CNN Article http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/09/us/colorado-treatment-center-lawsuits/index.html?hpt=hp_c2