The House will vote next week on legislation to stop child abuse and neglect at boot camps, wilderness camps, and behavior modification facilities that work with children who have behavioral, emotional, or mental health problems. While tens of thousands of teens attend private residential programs, many go unregulated, allowing practices ranging from sexual abuse to denying youth food, water, shelter or medical care as a disciplinary measure to go unchecked. H.R. 5876, the "Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act of 2008,” would set critically-needed standards to keep children safe, prevent deceptive marketing of these programs, monitor compliance, and set penalties for violations. With the help of all Advocacy Network members, we can put an end to these shocking practices. Please ask your representative to vote for H.R. 5876.
Please Act Today!
Urge your Representative to support H.R. 5876 by voting yes when the bill is considered on the House floor (week of June 16th).
Call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for your Representative's
office. You can also call your Representative's direct lines, available on his
or her website through www.thomas.gov/ or send a send a message today!