series of articles on abuse and neglect that happens in residential programs for teens and kids.
We are in 2012 - a time when you would think that transparency of all schools and programs should be a given. Unfortunately, like I also learned the hard way, when it comes to the big business of "teen help" and parents are at their wit's end - they can fall prey to most anything that sounds like relief.
This is one of the reasons I created my organization, Parents' Universal Resource Experts, Inc (P.U.R.E.) I felt there wasn't any place I could turn that could give me reliable information.
PURE helps educate parents and gives them insights to a very daunting industry. Though you initially think you are looking for a boot camp type environment (thinking you want to teach your child a lesson) you will soon realize that your teen is crying out for help. Searching for a program that has an ACE factor (A-academic, C-clinical, E-enrichment) will serve your teen much better.
Another misconception parents have is that Military Schools are for troubled teens. This couldn't be further from the truth. The majority of legitimate Military Schools such as Admiral Faragut in Clearwater, Florida, will only accept students with a certain GPA, in many cases a teen has to write an essay of why they want to attend.
Some parents may find some Military Schools that will accept an unwilling child, but what happens next you won't be so happy with. If he/she get expelled, chanced are very good you will then forfeit your tuition. Are you ready for that? The other emotional component of this is - setting your child up for failure will only serve to do him/her more emotional damage and probably cause more defiance and resentment.
Many parents are dealing with good kids making bad choices. Many parents are dealing with kids experimenting with substances. We need to take this all very serious today. Remember it is not the pot of yesterday. It is being laced with stronger elements and even addictive ones. Entitlement issues today are a common thread - kids simply have too much and have no boundaries.
It doesn't matter what your issues are, if you have reached the point where you are convinced you need residential therapy, please contact PURE and talk to us. We have free consultations. If you have a list of programs that you are considering, we can go down that list with you. We have visited a large number of programs in our country. We also receive feedback from parents, students and even employees frequently.
Talk to us.... don't risk sending your child into harms way. This is a major financial and emotional decision. It is a parent's responsibility to get their child help - you don't have to fear it - you just have to be smart about it.
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