C/O Dr. Robert Friedman
University of South Florida
Department of Child and Family Studies
13301 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33612
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We extend our deepest sympathies to the families of youth who have died in residential programs for teens. May we always remember them as we work together to protect youth from harm.
As many as 14,000 teens are confined in for-profit residential programs for “troubled teens.” It is a billion dollar industry with a history of pressuring parents and neglecting teens, sometimes with tragic results. In fact, recent reports from the Government Accountability Office documented widespread abuse, maltreatment and death in some private residential programs for teens.
ASTART is a volunteer organization working to protect children from abuse by residential programs, and to ensure that families have safe and effective community-based care.
We rely on donations to fund our education and outreach efforts. Our funding is managed through the University of South Florida Foundation. At this time, our only method of accepting donations is if you kindly send a check by mail.
Our apologies for any inconvenience, and we will provide you with a receipt by mail—please be sure to enclose your name and street address so we may acknowledge your generous gift.
ASTART is an active supporter of stronger laws and federal regulation of residential programs for teens. Along with our mission to educate families about the dangers of these for-profit programs, more must be done to protect teens from abuse, and protect families from being ripped off.
At the same time, we know such legislation must have teeth and provide resources for enforcement, or programs may claim a level of rigorous oversight that does not exist.
The "Stop Child Abuse in Residential Treatment Programs for Teens Act of 2011" has been introduced in the House (H.R. 3126) and Senate (S. 1667). A previous version of the bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives twice in 2009 with broad bipartisan support, demonstrating that people are united in their desire to help kids and hold companies accountable for violating the law. The law includes provisions to:
Please contact your members of Congress to support passage of this legislation. Use the links at the right to track the progress of the "Stop Child Abuse in Residential Treatment Programs for Teens Act of 2011."
Last updated 6/8/12