Day and residential child-caring facilities
Some states allow religious groups to operate boot camps, boarding schools, and other residential programs for the purpose of behavior modification without state oversight or regulation. Some states have inadequate regulation of both secular and church-run programs.
Many methods used in such programs have not, to our knowledge, been shown to effect long-term change in behavior. It is very difficult for parents to find effective, safe programs especially when companies and individuals advertising their advice are actually making commissions to steer families to certain programs.
In addition to the more recent links listed at the bottom, there are many articles on this issue in these CHILD Newsletters:
New Missouri law aims to reduce abuse and neglect at religious boarding schools 4/4/2022
751 unmarked graves found at second boarding school site 6/25/2021
Indian children forced into Catholic boarding schools; hundreds died 6/1/2021
Abuses exposed at Christian ranch for troubled boys 5/11/2019
Christian boarding schools escape oversight in many states 6/11/2016
Religious day cares get freedom from oversight, with tragic results 4/12/2016
Abuses in Florida’s unlicensed religious group homes 10/27/2012
Teens abused in fundamentalist reform programs July/August, 2011
Indiana revokes license of troubled teen facility 2/17/2010