Sue Scheff: Teen Help Programs – Helping Create Safe Environments

washdcMany are aware of the pending legislation in regards to help regulate schools and programs for at risk teens.  This bill may not be perfect, but it is a start and has finally opened discussions.  As a parent that was a victim of the teen help industry – and my daughter endured abuse both physically and emotionally, I understand the need for not only good programs, but oversight so what happened to my daughter doesn’t continue to happen to others.  Which is why I created Parents’ United Resource Experts  in 2001.  We help educate parents that are desperate and at their wit’s end.  They are ready to make rash decisions, as I did – trusting people while I was in desperate state of mind.  Afterall, as a parent, we want to help our kids – it is natural. 

Most importantly, this is not to say all programs are bad – quite the contrary, most are good, however it is about educating parents about finding the best fit for your individual child.  Questions to Ask Schools and Programs, Helpful Hints, and my new book – Wit’s End! Advice and Resources for Saving Your Out of Control Teens has a complete step by step section to help you – help your teen.

Mike Kruger – Online Outreach Specialist – Committee for Education and Labor

Teen Residential Programs are currently virtually unregulated and the House Education and Labor Committee is going to pass minimum standards for these programs to protect the safety of children. The link to the Markup is here – http://edlabor.house.gov/markups/2009/02/stop-child-abuse-in-residentia-1.shtml – and will include more information after the Committee votes.

Advisory: House Education Committee to Vote on Legislation to Stop Child Abuse in Teen Residential Programs
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Education and Labor Committee will consider legislation to protect teenagers attending residential programs from physical, mental and sexual abuse and help ensure that parents have the information they need to make safer choices for their kids.
 
An investigation conducted by the U.S. Government Accountability Office at the committee’s request found thousands of cases and allegations of child abuse and neglect at residential programs for teens, including therapeutic boarding schools, boot camps, wilderness camps, and behavior modification facilities. In some cases, this abuse led to the death of a child.
 
WHAT:          Mark-up of H.R. 911, “Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act of 2009”
 
WHO:            The House Education and Labor Committee
 
WHEN:          Wednesday, February 11, 2009
10:15 a.m. EST
 
WHERE:       House Education and Labor Committee Hearing Room
2175 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C.

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