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Troubled Teens

Deaths, Abuse and Alleged Rapes: How Lax Oversight Endangers Florida's -- and the Nation's -- Children

Art Levine | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Art Levine

Is Florida the most dangerous places in the country for children with disabilities, behavioral disorders or the sheer misfortune to be born into abusive families? That could well be the case, based on a series of troubling investigative reports.

San Pasqual Academy Grandparents Program: A Unique Volunteer Living Option for Seniors

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 11.05.2014 | Impact
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

This is a narrative about volunteer surrogate grandparents living among teens (who are not related) in a rural, residential school setting far from the crowds of urban Southern California -- and loving it.

Investigating Abuses at Unlicensed Religious Homes for Troubled Kids

Alexandra Zayas | Posted 08.12.2014 | Media
Alexandra Zayas

Abusive, unregulated religious homes still operate across the country, luring desperate parents with glossy brochures and promises of salvation for their troubled children.

This Is What Happens When You Introduce 'Troubled' Black Youth To Theater

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 05.24.2014 | Black Voices

Upworthy asked the question "what happens when you put a bunch of troubled teens in the same acting class?" The answer to it is every bit inspiring as...

There Are Few Congressional No Brainers -- This is One

Angela Jamene | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
Angela Jamene

HR 1981: Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act of 2013 is not getting a lot of press. I believe that is partly because of how few kno...

The Inside Passage: A Look Back

Sandra Ramos O’Briant | Posted 03.19.2014 | Fifty
Sandra Ramos O’Briant

Is it possible for a woman to be independent and still be nurturing?

How to Help Your Teen Who Won't Talk to You

Todd Kestin | Posted 03.14.2014 | Parents
Todd Kestin

Just as there's an age for a healthy infant to roll over, sit up, walk, and talk... there's an age when a healthy teen begins to separate from his parents to empower himself to live his own life.

And the Verdict Is... a Better Life

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 03.19.2013 | Impact
Peter A. Georgescu

When Andre got off the juvenile court bus at a suburban school, the privileged students there were shocked at what they saw. He and his eight fellow juvenile offenders were wearing neckties. Some of these nine students had been violent criminals, some not.

The Day I Decided to Send My Daughter to Rehab | Posted 03.16.2013 | Parents

I raced into the house and couldn't believe what I saw before me. My house had been burgled. Most of my valuables had been stolen and the place was a wreck. Presley looked strung out and hadn't even noticed things were missing.

Getting the Right Help for Troubled Teens

Virginia Gilbert, MFT | Posted 02.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Virginia Gilbert, MFT

Residential treatment centers focus on helping the child take personal accountability. Through individual, group and family therapy, residential staff work on shifting the child from blaming others for his problems to acknowledging that he is where he is because he made poor choices.

Former Students Claim Physical And Verbal Abuse By Schools

AP | By JENNIFER DOBNER | Posted 11.09.2011 | Education

SALT LAKE CITY -- A Utah company that ran a network of domestic and international schools for troubled teens is being sued by more than 350 former stu...

Jason Linkins

Red Cross Study: A Majority Of Teens Now Support Torture | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.13.2011 | Media

Over at the Daily Beast, Daniel Stone dives into a study on torture conducted by the American Red Cross. "Americans' opinions on torture seem to have ...

Gov. Cuomo's Victory to Close Down Troubled Juvenile Detention Facilities

Anthony Papa | Posted 06.05.2011 | New York
Anthony Papa

Besides the economic savings associated with the closing of juvenile detention facilities, there is another good reason they must be shut down. It's because of their draconian nature.

Republicans Sink Bill to Prevent Abuse in Teen Behavior Schools

Alex Koroknay-Palicz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alex Koroknay-Palicz

I never suspected that stopping child abuse was a partisan issue. But negotiations over the Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act have ended and Senate Republicans have simply said no.

Sexual Abuse: How Do We Keep Our Children Safe?

Melinda Hutchings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Melinda Hutchings

Forget-me-knot Day is Friday 12 November and supports survivors of child abuse whilst at the same time, increasing awareness of sexual abuse amongst o...

When will the homophobic bullying cease?

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Irene Monroe

When Sirdeaner L. Walker of Springfield spoke at a press conference in Massachusetts last year calling for effective and comprehensive anti-bullying l...

Kids Today: Why Do We Text More Than We Talk?

Ilana Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Ilana Ross

I fear that we are committing ourselves to a "silent" future. In my apocalyptic vision, dinner table debates about curfews and campaign finance reform are replaced by a few cryptic texts.

Teen Empowerment Creates Agents for Positive Change

Suzette Standring | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Suzette Standring

The regenerative power of youth can heal violence and kids just have to be empowered to do so. The Center for Teen Empowerment does just this -- giving kids a voice and hope for the future.

K9 Connection: At-Risk Teens And Shelter Dogs Get A New 'Leash' On Life

Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald

K9 connection is a remarkable organization whose mission is to teach at-risk teens how to train homeless shelter dogs in basic obedience skills in order to increase their chances of adoption.

Really Special Education: State Investigation Confirms "Lap Dance Therapy" Allegations

Maia Szalavitz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Maia Szalavitz

A series of investigations could spell the beginning of the end for the billion dollar, taxpayer funded troubled teen industry.

Depression Alert: Reading This Post May Just Help Save a Life

Chloe Spencer | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Chloe Spencer

Be aware of all your friends and family, because they may be suffering from severe depression, and it's just bottled up inside them and invisible to others.

Parenting: Don't Over-Worry About Your Teen

Psychology Today | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

The harsh reality is that their teenager can't grow up without taking risks, can't take risks without denying danger, and can't deny danger without cr...

Do Lap Dances and Humiliation Treat ADHD -- and Should Public Schools Pay?

Maia Szalavitz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Maia Szalavitz

The stories of psychological abuse coming out of Mount Bachelor Academy are every bit as bad as I have heard from teens and parents at chains of programs that have far worse reputations.

Rescue the Children Along with the Bankers

Walter Dean Myers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Walter Dean Myers

We have even stronger numbers than we did with the sub-prime mess to know that far too many of our children are headed into the world totally unprepared to become productive citizens.

HIV Scare at St. Louis High School

Abigail Jones | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Abigail Jones

Normandy High School officials should have come out strongly, advocating openness, pushing sex education, and acknowledging the problems and pressures of teenage life.