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abused at Dozier: Father reaches out for help
Father needs help to
expose his son's abuse in the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice
- Read boy's diary exposing abuse
Justin Caldwell, an
18-year old boy, has been incarcerated in the Florida Juvenile
Justice System since he was 13. What was to be a 12-15 month stay in
a residential treatment center to help Justin turned into a 5-year
death of Jonathan Carey
Jonathan Carey, an autistic boy who was a resident at the O.D. Heck
Developmental Center, was restrained in a van while staff were
running errands. Though he was clearly having difficulties breathing
they continued running their errands for another 1 1/2 hours. When
they returned to the facility emergency crews were called. The child
could not be revived. The two staff are being charged in his death.
Jonathan was also abused in another facility in 2004. His parents
have been fighting to have his records unsealed so they can find out
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In Memory of Kerry
Layne Brown, Jr.
Kerry Layne Brown’s mother, Terry Cameron,
speaks out about her son’s abuse at the World Wide Association of Specialty Programs and Schools (WWASPS)
facility Tranquility Bay in Jamaica: “They lied … they flat out lied to me. They
abused my son and lied. They gave me the impression it would be like a vacation.
Memory of Matthew Goodman
Matthew Goodman was born on March 4, 1987. As a toddler he was diagnosed
with autism. At age nine Matthew was placed at a NJ residential program, where his family
believed he would receive a good education and appropriate therapy and for which Matthew's local
school district paid over $300,000 a year.
In September of 2000 Matthew was placed in arm restraints to control his
behavior. A helmet similar to a hockey mask was later added. Against the protests of his parents,
Matthew was made to wear these
restraints during the day and often during the night. In
addition to the mechanical restraints Matthew was drugged with
In January 2007 the Director of Royal Gorge Academy (previously known as
Royal Peak Academy), Randall Hinton, was arrested on multiple counts of third-degree assault
and for reckless endangerment - a felony. Hinton was
seen on tape admitting to pepper
spraying a teen, Kerry "Layne" Brown, multiple times per day for eight or nine months. Kerry
Layne Brown died June 6, 2006.
Attention Staff: A
call for help
CAICA has received
reports that staff members who work in residential facilities and
programs for children and teens have been asked to sign an Employment Agreement stating they cannot
talk about what goes on in the facility and that if they break confidentiality they will be sued for
large amounts of money. We have contacted government officials and legal professionals for their advice and have
done our own independent research. We have concluded this is simply a scare tactic that will not hold up in
Staff members who work or who have worked in residential facilities and
programs for children are mandated (required) by law to report child abuse and/or neglect they witnessed
there. There is protection for people who report child abuse. Remember, it is not only your moral obligation,
but it is your legal obligation to do so.
Joey Aletriz: One year later
The one year anniversary of Joey's death is upon us and justice has
not, in any way, been served. The people who killed him have, to date, gotten away with it "in
the name of treatment." Just a month and a half before Joey died at Summit Quest
Academy in Ephrata, PA, James White died there. Two deaths in less than two months should
raise some serious red flags yet nothing has happened and the facility remains open.
3 Missing Pregnant Teens
Three teens are missing from New Hope
Maternity in American Fork, Utah. They hit the director over the head with a frying pan. I don't condone this behavior but I think I
might know why they did it.
Restraints that Kill Kids
Though I would like to write about the boy
Joey was, about how everyone loved him, and about how much he wanted to get better and lead a normal life, I feel compelled
to write about what really happened to Joey Aletriz and how his mom feels about it.
Ban Shock Treatments and Aversives on Children
Shock therapy is being used on children at
the Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton, MA. While most people oppose its use and have moved to have it banned, few parents
strongly support its use for their children. Many people oppose its use, saying it is
inhumane and some children were shocked for very minor infractions