As a parent advocate I am always receiving emails and phone calls on a variety of schools and programs from parents and students that have first hand experiences.
My personal experiences are with Carolina Springs Academy that is now closed -- I have heard it is reopened as Seneca Ranch. WWASPS (Worldwide Association of Specialty Programs and Schools) is the umbrella organization that runs these programs.They also have others in the United States - at last glance there was Red River Academy (now US Youth Services), LA, Second Chances, River View, UT and you never know when more will pop-up in different names. Although the like to claim they have no affiliation -- when people dig deeper, the roots can get exposed as it did last summer with Midwest Academy (which was shutdown).
Diamond Ranch Academy, sadly, though I don't have first hand experiences, I continue to receive negative feedback about the program. I wrote about them in June 2012 and in 2013.
As I mentioned in an earlier Blog post, when I heard they use the same marketing arms and techniques that WWASPS did/does, that is a red flag to me. I have no reason to believe they are related, however I know these marketing arms aren't always in the best interest of the child.
For me, I know there are many excellent programs in our country. I am not of the mindset that all programs are bad. This type of information only solidifies that parents need to take their time and do their due diligence before selecting a program.
This is one of the reasons I created Parents Universal Resource Experts, Inc. (P.U.R.E.) - with helpful hints to guide parents through the big business of teen help.
I don't own, operate or manage any schools or programs - I help educate parents on researching schools and programs. I also have no connection with Diamond Ranch Academy - - however it seems they are marketing very similar to WWASPS - and that alone scares me. However that is only my opinion.
I just caution all parents to do your homework - take your time - this is a major financial and emotional decision. I firmly believe you can't ignore getting your teen help, but take trust your gut.
The moral of this Blog is - if you are considering Diamond Ranch Academy or any program - just be sure you are doing your homework. Don't ignore getting your teen the help they need, just be sure you are getting them safe and quality help.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
As an organization that helps educate parents on researching residential programs for their struggling teen, Parents' Universal Resources is proud that since 2001 they have assisted thousands of families through their trying times.
The internet has made it more confusing for most, but in many ways it can also be a tool. It's about sorting through the cyber-fiction to find the facts.
We are contacted on a regular basis by parents, students and others that have been involved in residential therapy programs to increase our knowledge on what is happening in the field of therapeutic boarding schools. Firsthand experiences are priceless.
My story continues to be a familiar one to parents. Having a good teen that suddenly is someone you don't recognize -- as they start making bad choices, failing in school and hanging with a negative peer group.
I share with parents frequently, learn from my mistakes, gain from my knowledge.
My daughter suffered at the hands of an organization that is good at manipulation in my opinion.
This organization is also good at changing their name when things get bumpy in the press.
Why do people or business change their name?
One article suggests this:
The current name has been fundamentally and irreparably damaged by a scandal, tragic event or crisis.
Red River Academy changed their name to US Youth Services.
Red River Academy (although they will continuously say they're not connected to WWASP), as Midwest Academy did for a long time, many still question that for a variety of reasons.
We're not telling parents where to place their children, we're educating you to do your due diligence before making your decisions. Many will decide because of price-points. Keep in mind, one program at a lesser monthly fee may not be as qualified so it will take your child twice as long to be there -- which will add up to going to a quality program at half the time. A youth really shouldn't be sent away for over a year from their family.... should they?
Trust, but confirm. Always stay skeptical.
Monday, January 9, 2017
This industry is extremely competitive and can be very confusing. The “desperate parent" is at high risk of making wrong decisions that may be detrimental to you and your child.
Since we were once in that position, we want you to take comfort in the fact that you are not alone and give you the opportunity to learn from our experiences and more importantly, gain from our knowledge.
Researching can be time consuming and tedious, yet very important. How do you know if a program or school is right for your child or if they really are who they claim to be? We speak from our hearts and our experiences to give you a feeling of ease. Restricting your search to a geographical area limits your chances of finding the right placement for your child. We encourage you to review what is best for your child, not what is closest to home.
We believe in finding a positive and encouraging setting for children. Placing a negative child into a negative environment can usually build resentment and anger, especially to the family that placed them there. Peer pressure in today’s society is making it very difficult for our children. Let's help them, not punish them. P.U.R.E.™ believes in bringing families back together... You can contact us or request information by filling out the Free Consultation Form.
Since 2001 we have been helping families with their troubled teens. Call P.U.R.E. today: (954) 260-0805. Our Mission Statement: We are dedicated as professionals and parents to assist families that are looking for placement for their struggling teens.
Our personal motto is "Bringing Families Back Together™."
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