Please note this article and get it to the front page of Care2. The video and links at this website are extremely informative on the profit groups of the troubled teen industry(troubled parent industry). thanks, -Suzanne
Straight Incorporated was one of the original "boot-camp" type behavior modifcation centers for teens in the 1980's, It's program spin-offs are still in operation today. Straight. Inc. was shut down due to allegations and documentation of abuse.
Check out the footage that cincyscreenwriter posted on youtube from the Kids Helping Kids(Pathway Family centers) protest that occurred on Nov. 30th, 2007. Please rate the video on youtube and comment. here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQenxwq7Oqo
Please note this article and sign this petition. This Rep. is advocating for hate and discrimination and also trivializing the plight of Sept. 11th victims. this behavior form a public elected offical is not only unnacceptable and unethical but also dishonorable! thanks in advance
In recently reported news, Oklahoma Representative Sally Kern spoke out against homosexuals, claiming that they are "worse than terrorists" and accusing homosexuals of engaging in indoctrinating behaviors that could destroy the nation. Please sign!
Please note the article and help keep this on the front page of care2. If ye have already signed the petition please fwd it to someone who has not. We need to let congress know how serious this problem is for our children in America, and help to set a precedent for the world!-Thanks! -Suzanne
INTERNATIONAL PETITION END INSTITUTIONALIZED CHILD ABUSE
People around the world have voiced their concerns that children are being mentally and physically abused and neglected in residential treatment facilities in the United States and in other countries.
Children are dying in residential treatment facilities, boot camps, and wilderness programs, often from face-down, prone restraints. This International Petition will support the banning of such dangerous and deadly restraints and will further support the use of de-escalative techniques.
The undersigned agree that in order to ensure the safety of these children, State and Federal legislation should be enacted to provide the following:
• Justice Department investigations would assure the safety and welfare of American children residing in foreign-based institutions that are owned or managed by United States citizens or other private entities organized under the laws of the United States
• Cooperation of appropriate foreign authorities would be obtained in order to investigate foreign-based residential treatment facilities
• Investigate allegations of child abuse, neglect, or human rights violations against children 18 years or younger in foreign-based residential treatment facilities
• Through the Attorney General, seek the cooperation of appropriate foreign authorities to remedy any threat to the safety and welfare of those children, discovered through such an investigation
United States-based child residential treatment facilities:
• Inspect child residential treatment facilities in states within the United States
• Prohibit physical and mental abuse of children
• Prohibit neglect of children
• Enforce standards in which the facility would be held to the same standards as parents or guardians
• Periodically perform unannounced inspections in residential treatment facilities
• Impose monetary and criminal penalties, including imprisonment, if a residential treatment facility engages in the abuse or neglect of a child in their care
* Abuse and neglect with respect to a child means “a knowing act or omission that the officer, employee, or contractor involved knows or should know will result in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation, or will present an imminent risk of serious harm.”
Please include your comments as to why you believe State and Federal legislation should be enacted to protect children in residential treatment facilities. Please encourage others to sign this petition. It will be provided to legislators interested in effecting change and in making those who abuse children accountable for their actions.
Further, it will be shared with other advocacy organizations worldwide, because CAICA believes that together, we can make a difference, and together, our voices will be heard! For the sake of the children.
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PENDING FEDERAL LEGISLATION
Currently there is pending Federal legislation that, if passed, would ensure all youth residential facilities and programs would be licensed and regulated, as addressed in this International Petition. http://caica.org/Miller%20Bill... (see below for more information)
At CAICA we feel the more voices that are heard, the stronger the voice becomes!
Aware Parenting is a philosophy of child-rearing that has the potential to change the world... Parents who follow this approach raise children who are bright, compassionate, competent, non-violent, and drug-free. www.awareparenting.com
Bazelon Center for Mental Health is a national legal advocate for people with mental disabilities. The Bazelon Center works to advance and preserve the rights of people with mental illnesses and developmental disabilities. Click here to read what Bazelon has to say about children in residential treatment centers. www.bazelon.org
The Coalition Against Institutionalized Child Abuse (CAICA) was founded by Isabelle Zehnder. CAICA is working to expose child abuse, neglect, and deaths in residential treatment facilities. CAICA is working with other advocacy groups in an attempt to ensure no more children will die in the name of treatment. caica.org
Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health is dedicated exclusively to helping children with mental health needs and their families achieve a better quality of life. www.ffcmh.org
Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA) the nation's law that works to improve results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities. http://www.ed.gov/policy/spece...
In Loving Memory, Angel Above Daniel had one of the purest hearts I shall ever know and sang with tears in his eyes every night of his life to me , My heart shall go on . Daniel died 5-31-2003 in PCDJJ , Florida. His heart shall always go on ... by Diana Matthews. http://www.freewebs.com/dinmyh...
Internet Special Education Resources (ISER) is a nationwide directory of professionals who serve the learning disabilities and special education communities. www.iser.com
Intrepid Reporter represents the investigations and work of Donna Headrick who died on July 6, 2002. She devoted her time and attention to helping others. This website is a reflection of her concerns for our children. The owner of this website, out of respect for Donna, has not added to or changed any of the information as posted by Donna Headrick. http://www.intrepidnetreporter...
Jordan Riak - Founder of Parents and Teachers Against Violence in Schools (PTAVE), a resource for parents, students, educators, education policymakers, healthcare providers, children's advocates, and all others who are concerned with the safety and wellbeing of children - www.nospank.net
Justice4Kids is a voice to all who participate in Florida’s juvenile justice system: a voice for children, parents, and staff. Their goal is to use that voice to make the system better; to transform it into a service in which the entire community can be proud. Their motto, is the same as CAICA's motto "Together we can make a difference." www.justice4kids.org.
NAMI is dedicated to the eradication of mental illnesses and the improvement of the quality of life of all whose lives are affected by these disease. www.nami.org
National Mental Health Association has written articles regarding the ineffectiveness of programs for youth. You can find the articles in the Warning for Parents, Reports and Facts section (under Quick Links). www.nhma.org
National Youth Rights Association is fighting for the rights of children. Youth are speaking out about their experiences in behavior modification programs. www.youthrights.org
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSER understands the many challenges still facing individuals with disabilities and their families. http://www.ed.gov/about/office...
Persons Against Ritual Abuse The main goals of Persons Against Ritual Abuse-Torture are: (1) to share information; (2) resource development; (3) research; (4) connecting with others with mutual goals; (5) and social activism to make a safer world for infants, children, youth, and vulnerable adults. http://www.ritualabusetorture....
Rick Ross - Executive Director of the Ross Institute -The Ross Institute (RI) is a nonprofit public resource with a vast archive that contains thousands of individual documents. ww.rickross.com
TASH is an international association of people with disabilities, their family members, other advocates, and professionals fighting for a society in which inclusion of all people in all aspects of society is the norm. ww.tash.org
The Family Alliance to Stop Abuse and Neglect advocates for the human and civil rights of people with disabilities. Their mission is to create positive system-wide changes and promote best practices to guarantee the human rights and dignity of people with disabilities of all ages. http://www.thefamilyalliance.n...
Wave Trust is an international charity dedicated to advancing public awareness of the root causes of violence, and the means to prevent and reduce violence in our society. www.wavetrust.org
Why Spanking Does Not Work Dr. Marshall talks about why corporal punishment does not work and gives alternative suggestions. www.stopspanking.com
Wrightslaw provides information on Special Education Advocates and Laws. ww.wrightslaw.com
H.R.1738 Title: To assure the safety of American children in foreign-based and domestic institutions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Miller, George [CA-7] (introduced 4/20/2005
Latest Major Action: 5/9/2005 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Select Education.
COSPONSORS(8), ALPHABETICAL [followed by Cosponsors withdrawn](sort: by date):
Rep Kildee, Dale E. [MI-5] - 4/20/2005 Rep McDermott, Jim [WA-7] - 4/20/2005 Rep Owens, Major R. [NY-11] - 4/20/2005 Rep Stark, Fortney Pete [CA-13] - 5/5/2005 Rep Van Hollen, Chris [MD-8] - 4/20/2005 Rep Velazquez, Nydia M. [NY-12] - 9/20/2005 Rep Woolsey, Lynn C. [CA-6] - 5/5/2005 Rep Wu, David [OR-1] - 5/5/2005
COMMITTEE(: Committee/Subcommittee and activity:
House Education and the Workforce - Referral, In Committee
Subcommittee on Select Education - Referral
House International Relations - Referral, In Committee
Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations – Referral
Created 5/14/06 This petition is sponsored by Isabelle Zehnder, founder of the Coalition Against Institutionalized Child Abuse. www.caica.org. We seek to expose and rectify the abuse and distress of children placed in private residential facilities, behavior modification programs, boot camps, wilderness programs, and boarding schools. We believe that no child should be abducted, incarcerated, abused, neglected, or stripped of their basic human rights for the sake of profit.
NOTE: Please be advised IP addresses are visible to the sponsor of this Petition. This Petition is intended to help in passing legislation and to give people all over the world a voice. Derogatory comments that are an attempt to stifle our efforts will be deleted
Ban face-down, prone restraint use on children and teens
Restraint deaths of innocent children are on the rise. Most of these deaths occur when children are placed in the face-down prone restraint position. An increase of children needing services, coupled with untrained staff and lax restraint policies, have played a role in many of these deaths.
It is not always easy to find qualified, caring, and compassionate people who are willing to work with children who are disabled or children with special needs. Placing children in the hands of unqualified, untrained staff is a recipe for disaster, as we have all too often seen.
As one of my colleagues, Pat Amos, mentioned, families whose children were killed under these conditions have wounds that will never heal. She wrote, “Every birthday, every holiday that goes by, reminds them of what might have been. The awful reality is that these children did not die in the service of anything we can understand or to which we can become reconciled. They were not fighting a disease against which medical science proved powerless. They did not die due to an unforeseeable accident, an “act of God.” They died at the hands of those who were entrusted with their care, who were bigger and smarter, who were trained and paid to look after their wellbeing. They died after physical “interventions” that are well-known in the professional world to be dangerous, and are widely recognized even by the untrained observer to be dangerous, were repeatedly applied for long periods of time in response to childhood behaviors that endangered no one. They died aware of what was happening, in fear and without consolation.”
Too often staff and the programs that use these interventions have gotten off with a slap on the wrist or a modest fine. As Pat said, the excuse is that the death was an accident, or staff were overzealous, or no one could have known that what they were doing was dangerous. The message then goes out to other programs and staff that use these methods: “No problem.”
We are a country that prides itself on its concern for the wellbeing of children and calls them its future. We cannot tolerate a system in which one class of children is left unprotected while another class is carefully protected from the risk of psychological trauma and physical abuse. These children who are disabled, handicapped, or who have special needs are not “throwaway” children – they deserve the same protection and respect as their peers.
It is our hope our congress will act and will assist in Federal legislation banning the use of deadly face-down prone restraints, and that the use of any restraints on children are limited to true, life-threatening emergencies.
Come Protest along side us in 2008! We are protesting against Instiutionalized child abuse. we are advocating for abused children and protesting against current unethical practices of drug rehabilitation /behavior modification programs for teens. Contact me if ye are willing to be apart of this. Thanks! -Suzanne
On Friday November 30, 2007, protesters from the Greater Cincinnati area gathered in Milford, Ohio, a Cincinnati suburb, to express their opposition to a drug treatment program called Kids Helping Kids (KHK), a Pathway Family Center (PFC). The purpose of this event was to educate the public about KHK/PFC’s systematic use of unethical, questionable, abusive, and harmful treatment methods, and to demand that KHK/PFC be held accountable for such intolerable so-called treatment methods. The protesters consisted of Kids Helping Kids and Straight Inc. survivors. Others who oppose this program also joined the protest.
Early Friday morning, the first protestor arrived in the freezing cold, armed with signs and informative flyers. Shortly thereafter, the lone protestor had the opportunity to talk with an interested citizen and inform her that KHK/PFC uses Straight Inc.’s treatment modality, that KHK is owned by PFC (also a Straight Inc. spin off program) and referred her to related websites. The curious passerby, already aware of Straight Inc.’s abuses, was so concerned she took notes! It wasn’t long before another encounter occurred, this time with a KHK/PFC supporter. The KHK/PFC program parent was quick to point out that Kids Helping Kids has “changed” because it is called Pathway Family Center now. Of historical significance, Kids Helping Kids was a Straight, Inc. spin-off program, started in the early 1980’s. Pathway Family Center used to be called Straight Inc. from 1986 until it was shut down in the early 1990’s and then reopened within a few short weeks using a new name, Pathway Family Center. The past is relevant to this protest because the past is repeating itself in the current Straight-like program, Kids Helping Kids, a Pathway Family Center.
The main event occurred between 4pm-9pm when nine protestors assembled with their signs, anxious to share their message regarding KHK/PFC’s harmful “treatment” methods: coercion, fear, isolation from society & family, forced confessions, humiliation, disproportionate punishment, just to name a few such practices. In short, KHK/PFC is based upon “tear down the child, then build them up in the KHK/PFC image.” The potential harm this can cause varies but may include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, increased drug and or alcohol abuse, severe depression, panic disorders, and in extreme cases, suicide.
The protest attracted interest from many concerned citizens who stopped by for information. The protest also prompted KHK/PFC supporters to join our demonstration with signs of their own in support of the program. One KHK survivor then had the opportunity to discuss the program with a recent KHK/PFC graduate. Another KHK survivor discussed the program at length with a man claiming to be a KHK/PFC parent and board member. This gentleman made numerous attempts to discourage that survivor’s position against the program, to no avail. Although each side conveyed opposing opinions, which triggered emotional moments of disagreement, participants from both sides managed to remain largely peaceful.
The protestors were determined to carry on their demonstration in a peaceful, respectful and lawful manner so were dismayed when a disruptive stranger arrived, read signs from both sides with a bullhorn and repeatedly walked into the street. Fortunately, Miami Township Police arrived within minutes prompting the unruly stranger to run off into the night. The rest of the event continued without further incident.
At the end of the night, survivors and other participants all agreed that our protest was more successful than we imagined it would be. Despite the extreme cold, numb feet and hands, fatigue and KHK/PFC’s unexpected participation, we felt more determined than ever to continue to educate the public about the harmful treatment methods used by Kids Helping Kids, a Pathway Family Center.
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