Frequently Asked Questions


Example of troubled teens at a christian boarding school

Q. How long will my child be gone?

A. Most youth will need to be in a program for about 1 year.

Q. What if my child does not want help?

A. Most of the schools we work with are set up to take youth even if they do not want to go. We can also help make arrangements to have your child transported to a program.

Q. How bad is my child?

A. There are several surveys you can take to see where your child's behavior ranks.
Here are a couple

Q. Where are residential treatment centers located?

A. We work with treatment centers and schools located in just about every retion of the United States.

Q. What is the cost of placing my child in a Residential Treatment Center?

A. Programs will usually range in price from $1,500 up to $8,000 per month with the majority priced about $4,000.

Q. Is there financial aid?

A. We have found three ways that you may be able to fund your child's stay in a program:

  1. If you have adopted a child from California your tuition may be paid.
  2. There are loans available that will allow you to pay a reduced amount per month over an extended period of time, similar to an auto or home loan.

Q. Why are there no programs in my state?

A. Laws differ from state to state regarding the handling of minor children. Some states will not allow a child to be held against their will after they reach 12 years of age. We do not know the laws for every state but this may be one of the reasons there are no programs close to you.

Q. What are the success rates of programs?

A. It is hared to quantify success. To some people success would be having their child come home drug free and able to hold a steady job. To another success would be to have their child go on to Harvard and graduate in the top of his class. Most programs measure success by how well a child does when he returns home, somewhere in the middle of the above two examples. If the child was not a good student when he or she went to a program, chances are their IQ will not increase while they are away. If a child is bright and not applying themselves in school they will usually do very well academically. Some schools measure success only when a child graduates the program. If the child does not graduate, they may go home and do just fine but this will not figure into their success ratio. On the other hand a child may be in a program for 2 years and go home still acting out and not be measured into success rate as they did not graduate the program. In a nut shell, success rates are difficult to rely on.

Q. How can I know if a program is right for my child?

A. After you have done all of the research you can about a particular program, it is wise to talk to parents of children in the programs you are considering. The most effective way to determine which program is right for your child is to go to the facility and meet the people that will be working with your child.

Q. Can I talk to my child while they are in the program?

A. Every program has a different angle on parental communication with their child. Most programs will require the students to write home at least once a week. Phone calls are usually an earned privilege with some schools not allowing parents to talk to their children for 6 months or even a year. It is important you understand a school's policy regarding phone calls as some schools will ask you to remove your child if you do not abide by their rules.