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.

CHILD supports Congressman George Miller’s bill to require licensure and appropriate regulation of all behavior-modification residential programs for minors.

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Religious day cares get freedom from oversight, with tragic results 4/12/2016
Indiana revokes license of troubled teen facility 2/17/2010
Abuses in Florida’s unlicensed religious group homes 10/27/2012
Teens abused in fundamentalist reform programs July/August, 2011
Abuses at Christian boot camp charged
ABA resolution on residential care
How to protect kids in residential care
Abuses and death at Missouri Christian boot camp
Montana’s unregulated residential programs
Prone restraints opposed in Pennsylvania
Death at Christian military academy
Utah’s unregulated wilderness camps
13 youngsters die in reform programs
Florida bans pain compliance in boot camps
Utah regulates private reform programs after deaths
Abuse allegations close Florida boot camp
No charges filed in Missouri boot camp death
Boy dies in unregulated Missouri boot camp
Poor results found in boot camps
Abuses in Florida’s unlicensed religious reform schools
Children harmed in Florida day-cares

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