Teen Program Placement Assistance

Teen Program Assistance

When parents have decided it is time to find placement for one of their children outside of the home, there are several factors they will need to consider. The deciding factor for most families is the financial costs associated with placing their teen or child in a boarding school or boot camp. The prices of these types of programs range from $1,500 up to $6,000 per month. While finances should not be the main concern when finding help for a loved one, the reality is, they are a factor. Let’s face it, if a family is only making $24,000 a year they are not going to be able to pay $18,000 for one member of the household to get helped. There are financial options to assist a family with financing the program, but they will all require parents qualifying for a loan. In the economy today getting a loan can be very difficult, even for those with stellar credit. When the education loans dried up about 3 years ago many families that may have been able to afford help for a troubled teen were no longer able to.

Other Factors to Consdier

Once a family has determine they can find an extra $1,500 per month or more, the next factor to consider is what type of school parents should pick for their teen. Most of the families in this situation are struggling with a defiant out of control teen that refuses to do anything the parents ask. This factor limits the type of placement to schools that will accept a defiant youth. There are still many in the country to select from, but due diligence needs to be performed to assure the placement is safe. The very best way to be sure of this, is to drop in unannounced and take a tour of the school. Talk to teens that are enrolled in the school without staff present to intimidate teens into biased answers. If parents are allowed to talk to teens in the program alone, it is important to understand that most of the students are there for a reason. The students being interviewed may not be truthful, but they will give parents a feel for the program. Ask staff about any concerns brought up by the students interviewed and hear the programs side of the story before making any decision pro or con about the placement option.

Getting a Teen to the Program

When the parents decide on a program for their teen the next hurdle is getting the youth to the school of their choice. This can be tricky with restrictions in place at every airport. If the child refuses to go willingly parents may need to hire a transport company, or a teen escort service. There are people that specialize in this very thing. They can make life easier for the family involved. The transport company will typically charge a flat fee for their service plus expenses of airfare, car rental, and meals. Most transportation companies like to arrive early in the morning and pick the teen up while they are in bed asleep. This gives them the element of surprise, and can make getting the teen out of the home much easier.

Questions to Ask a Teen Program or School

Questions Parents Should Ask Every Program

What should I ask?

What should I ask a potential school or camp?
(Questions to ask a school you are considering.)


Can you keep a teen if they don’t want to stay?
Can the teen get kicked out?
What must they do to get kicked out?
Do you take aggressive teens?

Basic information

Is your facility licensed?
What are the program age ranges?
Are boys and girls kept separate? How?
What types of financing do you have?
What contact do parents have with the teen?
How often do parents get to talk to the school?
Are there any required visits for parents to make to the program while teens are there?
How many students in a room?
What kind of sleeping facilities?
How many share a bathroom?
Can my teen stay after 18 if they are willing?
Do they get to leave the facility during the program?
What do the teens do for fun?
What kind of extra charges beyond tuitionare there?
Do you need both parents’ signatures and what are custody stipulations?
How long has your school been in existence?

Have you ever had any deaths in your program?
Have you ever had any life threatening or serious injuries?
Has your facility or any of its employees ever been convicted of child abuse charges?
(If yes explain)
What is the average length of stay?
What is program success rate?
Are admissions done on an ongoing basis?
What is your maximum occupancy?
What form of discipline do you use?
What kind of teens is not appropriate for your program?

This list is a good place to start if you are thinking about sending your troubled teen to a boarding school or boot camp. You may even be able to ask the school or program if you can talk to other students who have graduated and the parents.