At a time when parents can be at their wit’s end, they can be a perfect prey for those marketing sales reps that are waiting to save your teen from themselves.
As a parent that had a troubled teenager, I know what it is like to feel like a hostage in my own home, I was desperate for help. My daughter was desperate for help. What were weren’t desperate for was fraud, abuse, and people that took advantage of others when they are at their weakest moments.
You would think we would come out of our experiences with a feeling of all residential programs and schools are bad, but that simply is not true. One bad apple doesn’t mean they all are bad – however, keep in mind, the program that duped us owned several programs – and although the one my daughter was in is closed today, the people running it are running several others that are operating in our country today!
The people that scammed us were part of a large group called WWASPS. They have gone through several name changes. In my opinion, that is something they do very well. They have a location in LaVerkin, Utah that seems to have several names now. Cross Creek, Horizon Academy, Riverview, now I just heard about Youth Foundation or Youth Foundation Success Academy (I guess it depends on what the sales rep wants to call it). All lead back to the same address in LaVerkin, UT. As a matter of fact, I spoke with a parent that called twice – and though her sales rep didn’t recognize her voice, she gave her two different programs – after telling her one of the programs was closed.
I don’t know – all I do know is that some teens truly need residential therapy and I hope parents do their due diligence in finding safe and quality help. There are many excellent programs in our country. You don’t have to be scammed – you don’t have to be put in a position where you feel uncomfortable or forced to do something that doesn’t feel right. Your gut needs to tell you it is the right thing to do.
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Don’t be a parent in denial, be proactive.