Military Schools and Boot Camps For Teens In Florida
Parents of troubled teens in Florida are interested in finding programs that are local. One parent recently told us that the state of Florida has banned, and will no longer license boot camps for teens. We have not verified this, but there have been several boot camps closed over the last few years which would indicate she may be right. We are not sure if this includes state run boot camps. Some juvenile systems will include a boot camp as part of their rehabilitation process. With boot camps on the decline in the country parents are searching for other options to help their defiant kids.
Defiant Teen Military Schools in Miami Florida
There are still some military schools that will accept defiant teens. These special military schools are in the minority however. The majority of military schools we are familiar with, will not accept a teen that is defiant and failing in school. Many parents are frustrated with the limited resources they have to help a rebellious teenager. We can refer parents to an all boy military school in Florida that will accept a teen even if they do not want to be enrolled. The program works with the boys to assist them with their education and helps them learn to be more organized and respectful.
Therapy at Boot Camps and Military Schools for Teens
A major concern for many parents of troubled teens considering a military school or boot camp is therapy. Some teens are in need of therapy to work through the underlying problems and issues they are dealing with. It is usually possible to get therapy for a teen in a boot camp, but most camps will charge extra for the service. If a military school or boot camp includes therapy it would be a good idea to find out exactly how much will be provided. If a teen is on medications that require monitoring, it is important to disclose this in the initial interview. Some military schools may not be able to facilitate a student that is currently using some types of medication. The diagnosis the child has been given should also be discussed with the admissions department of any potential placement option.
Will a Teen Have Access to Drugs and Alcohol in Military School?
Parents interested in enrolling their teen in a military school or boot camp should be familiar with the amount and type of supervision their child will have. Some military schools allow the cadets to visit nearby towns on weekends unsupervised. This can open the door to substance and alcohol abuse. Students in a military school are typically not there to work on behaviors and attitudes so they are not as closely monitored as those in a more restrictive placement option. If a teen is placed in a boot camp for troubled teens, they will not have access to this type of freedom until they are trusted by the staff. Even when they are allowed to go to a public place they will more than likely be supervised by program people. This type of placement is better if the teen is abusing drugs or alcohol.
Los Angeles Boot Camps for Troubled Teens
As one of the most populated states in the United States California is not without it’s share of troubled teens. This is especially true of the Los Angeles area. The rampant gang infested city is overflowing with crime, drugs, and troubled teens. For many of these teens the life of a Gangsta, is all they know. Many are second and even third generation gang members. Parents who would like to save their teen from a life in a gang should begin long before the child reaches his or her teen years. There is an advocate for parents in Southern California, his name is Keith “Sarge” Gibbs. Gibbs runs a program for kids that need a change in their lives. His program may not be an answer for every family, but it is worth investigating.
California Juvenile System Boot Camps
Most state have done away with court ordered boot camps. This is due to the abuse that was taking place in many correctional system boot camps. We are not sure if California still has any boot camps associated with their Juvenile System or not. Some parents have told us that they are unable to force a child to stay in a program due to the laws of the state of California. This makes finding a boot camp in California very difficult. There are some great options in Utah if parents are interested in sending their teen away. The boot camps will start in price at about $2,000 per month and go up from there.
Is a Boot Camp a Good Option for My Teen?
When contemplating sending a teen away parents should consider a few factors first. The problem most parents have is the financial obligation that is associated with sending a teen to a boot camp. Boot camps range in price starting at $1,800 per month. The next factor to take into consideration is the physical and mental condition the teen is currently in. If a teen is suffering from serious psychiatric problems, a boot camp may not be a good idea at all. If a teen is suicidal and suffers from a serous drug addiction parents will want to clear any placement option with their family MD. Parents will also want to visit any potential placement option prior to enrolling their teen to make sure it is a good safe environment. We can also help guide parents through this process.
Boot Camp Alternatives
If a parent determines that their child or teen is not an appropriate placement for a boot camp there are some other types of options they may want to consider. An RTC or Residential Treatment Center may be a better choice for a teen that has psychiatric issues, or a teen that is dealing with a serious drug addiction. The RTC will usually have a more clinical staff including Dr.’s, Nurses, and Psychiatrists. Another alternative to a boot camp may be a specialty boarding school. This option works well if a teen does not respond to “in your face” type tactics. Determining the proper program can be tricky, if you are considering sending your teen away, give us a call we can help.