Over the next 6 month on their main blog we will see a number of posts covering the defunct Swedish foster care system.
World over the Swedish system has been admired. The Danish minister of social services once asked the Danish social workers to look at what is working in Sweden and try to incoporate into the Danish system.
In reality it is very difficult to achieve that because the Swedish system is to place youth far out in remote places in their numerous forests isolated at foster families without the proper skills to deal with the problems the youth may suffer from. It does work because the youth become too demoralized to act out when there are none to act out in front and they cover their problems up until they are adults where they then can start earning money enough until they can afford treatment for themselves unless they have committed suicide before or fallen victim to some kind of substance abuse they have started to get away from their painful memories.
Here is the link to the blog of Minors in residential placement research center
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Fox has investigated Ridge Creek School - formerly known as Hidden Lake Academy.
It is by far the first care where parents have been fooled by deceptive marketing to enroll their children in residential programs only to find out that nothing they saw on the homepage had anything to do with the reality.
It doesn't help to visit the schools. The students parents may talk to are students chosen by the school and offered the favor of promoting the schools in return for advancement in the program or even early release.
If parents really want to protect their teenagers they should choose out-patient therapy where they can intervene if the situation gets out of hand. Secondly they should take the chances by the social services or even at the justice system. Then of course it would be a question if the foster care system protects the children well enough and there are flaws, but in the public system they have appeals and they can urge the media to go after the social workers who neglect their jobs.
Once you are up against a private company you as a parent has not the right to be given oversight about what is happening with your own child.
Parents should be very carefully not to grant custody of their own children to private firms obviously operating only for profit both inside the United States and outside.