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Teen Help Programs What Parents Need to Know

teens parentsThe troubled teen industry — and you need to know.

People can build websites, insert content and continue to employ salespeople that can can sell you exactly what you believe you need, but is it right for your child?


Now some programs are hiring social media groups to help them legitimatize their websites – possibly even link our site (or back-link our site) to them. It can be difficult to keep up with the world of technology – however it’s not difficult to get a grip on the research you are doing for your child’s program or school.


Making the decision to place your teenager in a residential treatment program is a big step, not only financially — but also emotionally.


There will come a time when a parent reaches their wit’s end, and this is your only option, we completely understand that and firmly believe there are excellent residential programs in our country.


It’s imperative that parents do their due diligence in finding the best program for their family.


We have listed questions to ask programs, and what you need to reaching for on your site. We also offer tips in searching for the right program for your individual child.


As of August 2020 – the following programs may have been associated with WWASP at one or another (or not) or have reopened under different names, have the same employees use the same marketing arms to sell parents.


Some argue they are not associated or affiliated – and if they’re not, they should be able to prove that to you. Have them give you their full names of owners – and compare it to the names of the owners on these programs – and the sales reps on these programs. It’s really that simple.


With this list – parents can make their own decision.  Due your own homework. 


Research the owners, operators, staff, who’s selling you the program etc. 


We accept no liability to what program you decide to place your child in.


Latest news January 2019 (Click here). Be advised, although WWASP claims to have disbanded,  their former employees are continuing to reopen under different names as this latest article shares.


It’s why we continue to educate parents on doing their due diligence when research schools and programs.


We don’t tell parents or families what to do – we only share information.


Academy of Ivy Ridge, NY (CLOSED)
Bell Academy, CA (CLOSED)
Camas Ranch, MT
Canyon View Park, MT
Carolina Springs Academy, SC (CLOSED)
Casa By the Sea, Mexico (CLOSED)
Cross Creek Programs, UT (Cross Creek Center for Boys and Cross Creek Manor for Girls)
Darrington Academy, GA (CLOSED)
Discovery – Mexico
Dundee Ranch Academy – Costa Rica (CLOSED), there have been reports it has re-opened.
El Dorado, Costa Rica – 90 Day Boot Camp
Gulf Coast Academy, MS (CLOSED)
Help My Teen, UT (Adolescent Services Adolescent Placement) Promotes and markets these programs.
Horizon Academy, UT
Jade Robinson – Director of WWASPS programs (Floats to different ones)
Jane Hawley – Lifelines Family Services
Kathy Allred – Lifelines Sales Representative
Ken Kay – President of WWASPS
Lifelines Family Services, UT (Promotes and markets these programs) Jane Hawley
Lisa Irvin – Helpmyteen, HelpYourTeenNow and Teens in Crisis (Will use Lisa Irvine at times too) – these sites will link off of us. Please use caution. She has sales reps working for her too.
Magnolia Christian School, SC – (CLOSED)
Majestic Ranch, UT
Mark Peterson – Teen Help Sales Representative
MENTOR School, Costa Rica (CLOSED)
Midwest Academy, IA – 2/13/16 News Alert on Midwest Academy (CLOSED-Alleged torture and abuse)
Update 9/9/17:  Iowa boarding school owner forced student into sex, felony complaint says (aka Midwest Academy)

News Alert: Midwest Academy Founder Confirmed WWASPS 4/16/16 (This is important since many of their sales representatives, as well as the program itself, allegedly will tell parents they weren’t WWASPS – as do other of their affiliated programs do.
Parent Teen Guide – Promotes and markets these programs
Pillars of Hope, Costa Rica
Pine View Christian Academy, (Borders FL, AL, MS)
Reality Trek, UT
Red Hawk Academy, AZ
Red River Academy, LA (Borders TX) ALERT NAME CHANGE: US Youth Services, Lecompte, LA
Reflections, MT
River View, La Verkin UT
Royal Gorge Academy, CO (CLOSED)
Second Chances in Southern Utah, LaVerkin UT
Seneca Boarding School for Troubled Teens, SC and Costa Rica
Seneca Ranch Second Chance Youth Ranch, SC and Costa Rica
Sherri Schwartzman – Lifelines Sales Representative
Sky View Academy, NV (closed)
Southern Oaks, Due West SC (previously Carolina Springs Acadmey) now open.
Spring Creek Lodge, MT (CLOSED)
Sunset Bay Academy, CA
Sunset Bay Academy, Oceanside, CA
Teen Help, UT (Promotes and markets these programs)
Teens In Crisis – Lisa Irvin – Teen Help Sales Rep
Three Points Center, LaVerkin (Hurricane), UT (formerly Cross Creek Manor and Cross Creek Center)
Tranquility Bay, Jamaica (CLOSED)
Utah River View, La Verkin, UT, Due West SC (Formerly Carolina Springs Academy) Director Nate Browning (now open)
White River Academy, UT
Wood Creek Academy, MT  -This program said they’re not affiliated with WWASPS according to letter from their lawyer dated 8/17/17. So did Midwest Academy for years.
Youth Foundation, LaVerkin UT


Read: How to Sift Through Trouble Teen Industry Reviews.


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