I was in this place in the early 90's! It was hell!!! They refused to allow me to speak to my mother for 6 months! I was only 10 years old. It was not my mothers fault. They attempted to get custody of me by not informing my mother of the hearing. Thank god she had an attorney! The judge allowed me to return home. I understand some children need to be taken from their parents but I wasn't one of them. My mother didn't even know where I was until I slipped away one day at Wal-mart (where we were forced to sell stale candy for "fundraising") and called her. The house father Brother Westfall would beat the children with a huge wooden paddle if they disobeyed. These children were broken and abused and that was the last thing they needed. They had their own private school on premises which did not provide an adequate education. The learning material was only about God and Jesus. I was nearly held back a grade when I went back to regular school because of this. If you have any compassion for children, DO NOT SEND THEM HERE!!!