All Parent Testimonies listed Came from Astartforteens.org
Testimony of Parent Bob Bacon (PDF)
Bob Bacon’s son Aaron died after what criminal investigators described as 21 days of ruthless and relentless physical and psychological abuse and neglect.
Testimony of Parent Cynthia Clark-Harvey (PDF)
Cynthia Clark-Harvey’s daughter Erica died of heat stroke with dehydration in the Nevada wilderness, hours away from emergency medical help. “Tough love” staff failed to act when Erica became ill on a strenuous hike, saying she was faking her symptoms.
Testimony of Parent Paul Lewis (PDF)
Paul Lewis sought help for his son, Ryan, who suffered from depression. Ryan took his own life seven days after being enrolled in a residential program for teens. Staff had failed to take common sense precautions to protect him.
Parent Ann Loftin’s Story (PDF)
After placement in three residential programs for teens and a separate $40,000 in-patient evaluation, Ann Loftin’s son “James” had not improved, was not learning, and would no longer call her “Mom.” Fortunately, she was able to find qualified, competent, safe and appropriate care for him in a nonprofit residential program close to home.
Parent Cristine Gomez Story (PDF)
Cristine Gomez found that untrained staff without skills to work with mental illness worked at the program where her son was placed. She was paying the program hundreds in extra fees for extra counseling when most of the time he was in the isolation room. When he left the program, he was 16 months behind academically.
Parent Crystal Manganaro Story (PDF)
Crystal Manganaro’s son Matthew died in a Texas program due to a “lack of training, compassion and effort.” Crystal wants other parents to be aware of the dangers of wilderness programs for troubled teens.
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