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Feed Your Head / I Speak For This Child : True Stories of a Child Advocate
« on: February 12, 2006, 09:44:00 PM »
I Speak For This Child : True Stories of a Child Advocate, by Gay Courter

I started reading this book because I am about to volunteer as a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) for children in child protection cases.  Interestingly, in the first story this lady tells, the girl for whom she is GAL is a 16-year-old girl who is in a Fundamental Christian girls home in Florida.  She was placed there by the court because her parents refused to take custody of her from juvenile prison.  All the case file says when this lady gets the case is that the girl stuck her baby sister in the microwave.  But the GAL notices that she only has a 10-year-old sister.  Anyway, what it boils down to is her parents wanted to teach her a lesson for other things she was doing.  The girl has a sad story: abuse by her biological father, the death of her boyfriend.  The people who run the girls home are hostile to the GAL, and refuse to let her speak with the girl in confidence.  I have only read 30 pages so far, but am really excited to see what will happen.  

It's pretty much my favorite animal. It's like a lion and a tiger mixed...bred for its skills in magic.[ This Message was edited by: Eudora on 2006-02-13 16:45 ]

This is my mom's friend's kid.  He was sent away over a year ago.  I'm really curious as to what Utah facility he was in.  I also wonder whether they can force him onto an airplane.

From the Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 2:21 p.m., Tuesday, February 7, 2006

Missing teen found cycling near car wash

Advertiser Staff

Police found a missing 16-year-old boy early this afternoon near McKinley Car Wash on Kapiolani Boulevard.

Kamuela Martin had been reported as missing Feb. 1 after failing to board his scheduled flight to Utah, departing from Honolulu International Airport.

Police spotted the teen riding a bicycle in front of the car wash shortly before noon today. Martin was stopped by police at the intersection of King and Pi'ikoi streets at 12:20 p.m., police said.

The Troubled Teen Industry / Did you see The Lost Children?
« on: August 05, 2005, 08:21:00 PM »
I think that's what it was called.  I didn't see anyone talking about it on here.  I may be out of the loop on where you all are talking about it.

Anyway, it was really sad.  The saddest part was when Ashley got out of prison and her dad called her from prison to tell her how worthless he thought she was, and then she tried to kill herself.

I think these kids were a different crop than most of the people I went to my program with.  These kids did bad things, but knew no different way really.  Most of the people I went to my program with were kids whose middle-class suburban parents freaked out over a little pot-smoking.

It's called "The Self-Anointed," by Gladis Lenore DePree.  She is the child of a man named John Vogel, who started The Galilean Children's Home in Corbin, Kentucky.

The reason I became interested in this book is because I read a case against the owner.  He tried to open in Florida after Kentucky forced the home to close, and Florida wouldn't give him a license.  (That was back in 1954, when Florida was slightly progressive.)

Anyway, according to the author, her father molested several teenaged girls in the home and had affairs with staff members while her mother was living in the home.  The story is really good, and written well.

The most interesting part was the author's take on her father's personality.  It reminds me a lot of the personalities of Lester Roloff, Michael Palmer, and the other "self-anointed" pastors.  One relative said she thought the guy was "paranoid schizophrenic with feelings of grandeur."  I think that exactly describes the other men.  They start these places to have their own little harems.  I don't mean that they intend to molest everyone there, but they want admirers.  At these places, they can bully and force people into admiring them.  

Anyway, if you get a chance, read the book.  It's very interesting.

New Info / Death at Appalachian Wilderness Camp
« on: May 07, 2005, 08:24:00 PM »

State probes boy's death
Camp's risky punishment cited
By Jill Young Miller - Staff
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, May 6, 2005

Counselors at a state-run camp for troubled youngsters held a 13-year-old Douglas County boy facedown on the ground for an hour and a half before he stopped breathing and later died, state records show. [Emphasis added]

The counselors subdued Travis Parker using a hold that has been banned by the state Department of Juvenile Justice because officials there consider it too dangerous.

Travis, who had asthma, died on April 21, the day after he was restrained by at least three counselors[Emphasis added] at the Appalachian Wilderness Camp, an outdoor therapeutic program in Cleveland, in the North Georgia mountains.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into the matter, and the results of an autopsy are pending, said GBI spokesman John Bankhead.

The boy was "placed in a full basket restraint due to his acting out behavior," according to a Department of Juvenile Justice report obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution under the Open Records Law.

The Juvenile Justice Department doesn't allow its workers to use the hold. "We don't use any holds that could possibly restrict a child's ability to breathe," said Bill Reilly, the agency's chief of staff.

The camp is one of two operated by the state Department of Human Resources. Troubled children aged 6 to 17 are placed there from a variety of sources, including the juvenile justice system and mental health programs. On average, the children stay less than 12 months.

Reilly said that his department had been assured by DHR officials that the facedown restraint would no longer be used on children at the wilderness camp.

The DHR refused to discuss the case, but a department spokeswoman said it allowed its employees to use the "basket restraint."

"Yes, that restraint is continuing to be used," said DHR spokeswoman Dena Smith, who said the department was reviewing the "application of the restraint, as well as all policy and procedures."

While the details of what happened the night Travis was restrained are sketchy, the Juvenile Justice Department's incident report suggests that counselors were trying to place the boy under control after an outburst.

The report says that boys at the camp began misbehaving at about 3 p.m. on April 20 and continued "acting out" until 10 p.m.

By then, 11 campers had missed their evening meal because of their behavior, the report said. When two campers were rewarded with food for being good, Travis "became enraged," the report said. A counselor grabbed him by his jacket, Travis resisted, and the counselor "put him in a full basket restraint." The report did not identify the counselor.

One counselor held Travis from behind, crossing the boy's arms against his chest, the report said. The boy "was taken to the ground, where another counselor was holding his legs and another counselor holding the hip area," the report said. "The camper is face down during the entire time."

A counselor told authorities that the boy had to be restrained after about 10 p.m., according to an incident report filed with the White County Sheriff's Department. The boy started having trouble breathing, and camp officials called 911.

Before an ambulance arrived, the boy quit breathing and staffers started CPR, the sheriff's report said. He was taken to a hospital in Gainesville and transferred to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. He died the next day.

Staff members at the wilderness camp have been put on administrative leave while the incident is investigated.

A Douglas County Juvenile Court judge committed Travis to juvenile justice custody after a community group recommended placing him in an outdoor therapeutic program, Reilly said. Being in the agency's custody expedites a child's placement in such a program.

Reilly was unsure why Travis was in court, but he said the boy had a history with juvenile justice authorities. He had his first brush with the law at about age 9, Reilly said.

Wilderness therapy programs take children who are addicted to drugs, in trouble with the law or out of control at home and school and put them in a primitive outdoor setting where they must learn to live and work together.

The Juvenile Justice Department has about 20 children at the camp, which has room for 50, Reilly said. Travis entered the camp in February, records show.

The boy lived in the small town of Winston with his grandmother. The boy's family members could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Peggy Walker, a Douglas County Juvenile Court judge who knew Travis and attended his funeral last week, was troubled by the circumstance that led to his death. "I'm very distressed that he would be restrained for an hour and a half."

"When we work with children, what we're trying to do is provide the assistance they need," the judge said. "Certainly the last thing that we want to do is to do harm." [Emphasis added]

--- Staff writer Craig Schneider contributed to this article.

A partial list of boot camp victims

Michelle Sutton, dead at age 15, Summit Quest
Kristen Chase, dead at age 16, Challenger
Paul Choy, dead at age 16, Rite of Passage
Aaron Bacon, dead at age 16, Northstar
Dawnne Takeuchi, dead at age 18, VisionQuest
Lorenzo Johnson, dead at age 17, Arizona Boys Ranch
Carlos Ruiz, dead at age 13, VisionQuest
Mario Cano, dead at age 16, VisionQuest
John Vincent Garrison, dead at age 18, VisionQuest Bernard Reefer, dead, VisionQuest
Robert Zimmerman, dead, VisionQuest
Charles Lucas, dead, VisionQuest
James Lamb, dead, VisionQuest
Tammy Edmiston, dead, VisionQuest
Leon Anger, dead, VisionQuest
Charles Collins, Jr., dead at age 15, Crossroads for Youth
Jamie Young, dead at age 13, Ramsey Canyon
John Avila, dead, Rocky Mountain Academy
Danny Lewis, dead at age 16, VisionQuest
Nicholas Contreras, dead at age 16, Arizona Boys Ranch
Edith Campos, dead at age 15, Desert Hills
Matt Toppi, dead at age 17, Robert Land Academy
Chirs Brown, dead at age 16, Robert Land Academy
Eric David Schibley, dead at age 17, VisionQuest
Chad Andrew Frenza, dead at age 16, Polk County Boot Camp
Robert Doyle Erwin, dead at age 15, VisionQuest
Lyle Foodroy, dead, VisionQuest
Gina Score, dead at age 14, State Training School (South Dakota)
Bryan Dale Alexander, dead at age 18, Texas Correctional Services
Michael Wiltsie, dead at age 12, Eckert Youth Alternatives
Tristan Sovern, dead at age 16, Charter Behavioral Health System
Robert Rollins, dead at age 12, Devereaux School
Andrew McClain, dead at age 11, Elmcrest Psychiatric Hospital
Anthony Haynes, dead at age 14, American Buffalo Soldiers Boot Camp
Ian August, dead at age 14, Skyline Journey
Charles "Chase" Moody, dead at age 17, The Brown School (CEDU affiliated)
Roberto Reyes, dead at age 15, Thayer Learning Center Boot Camp
Travis Parker, dead at age 13, Appalachian Wilderness Camp

New Info / Pressley Ridge Foundation - Ohiopyle camp
« on: May 06, 2005, 07:08:00 PM »
Anyone heard of it?  The Foundation is supposed to house abused and neglected kids.

They advertise Cross Creek Programs in the back of my mom's Sunset magazine.  Sunset is a magazine about "Life in the West": Home, Travel, Food, Garden.  I guess they want to market to rich housewives.  Also advertised are: Red Rock Canyon School, The Montcalm School, Aspen Achievement Academy, Sunhawk Academy, The Academy USA, and a Resource Catalog at  The ads are mostly ghetto-looking, and Cross Creek doesn't give it's web address, just a phone number.  I guess they don't want people going online, because they might learn too much.

The Troubled Teen Industry / How weird is this?
« on: May 03, 2005, 04:33:00 PM »

Check out the price at the bottom...

The Troubled Teen Industry / Really Important!!
« on: April 30, 2005, 05:51:00 PM »
Congressman Miller would like to bring letters in support of his new bill to the hearings.

If you believe in this bill, PLEASE write him a letter.  I think it would be most helpful if the letters were limited to a page or two.  Also, if you attended an unregulated program, I think it would be helpful to include a bit of your experience in your letters.

I'll post where to send the letters when I get to my own computer.  I just wanted to get this up immediately to give everyone a head start on writing the letters.

Please don't procrastinate!

Don't forget to write to your House Representatives as well.  They need to know why they should support this bill.

Thank you.

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