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1. Who and what is P.U.R.E.™?
2. Why use P.U.R.E.™ Services?
3. How does P.U.R.E.™ work and what is the purpose?
4. What is the average cost of residential schools and programs?
5. Where are the schools and programs located? We want to stay close to home. Should we visit a school we are considering?
6. My child has already been in therapy, how can residential programs help?
7. Should I tell my teen we are looking at programs? He/she is not willing to go. I have read all these horror stories online about transports, how do we find a reputable one?
8. Will my teen be around kids that are worse than him/her? Will my teen be around bad kids?

9. Are Military Schools for troubled teens? What about Boot Camps?
10. Are there free programs?
11. How is P.U.R.E.™ funded?

12. Are there free programs?

 

 

1. Who and what is P.U.R.E.™?

P.U.R.E.™ is an organization that offers parents resources about residential therapy for pre-teens and teens. We educate parents about researching schools and programs online and learning more about the teen help industry.

P.U.R.E.™ was founded by a parent that was duped online years ago while searching for a school for her daughter. During this time, there was a feeling of loss, desperation and confusion.

With this, there is a need for a service as P.U.R.E.™ to help parents know they are not alone. P.U.R.E.™ is here to help you sort through the confusion during a desperate time as well as determine Internet fact verses Internet fiction.

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 2. Why use P.U.R.E.™ Services?

Since 2001 P.U.R.E.™ has dedicated their service to locate licensed, accredited and qualified programs and schools. We are constantly researching (including visiting programs personally) and take the time to listen to parent and student feedback. Firsthand experience is a valuable tool for learning about programs and schools. 

Let's face it, with the expansion of the Internet, anyone can create a beautiful website for their school or program, but how do you know it truly exists in reality?

P.U.R.E.™ believes being overwhelmed and confused can cause errors in the placement of your child. Being an educated parent can help you make an educated decision.

P.U.R.E.™ is recognized by the Better Business Bureau for many years and also been seen on Dr. Phil, CNN, Anderson Cooper, Rachael Ray Show, Katie Couric, CBS Nightly News, 20/20 ABC, Fox News, Lifetime and many more.

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3. How does P.U.R.E.™ work and what is the purpose?

P.U.R.E.™ will consider your needs. We want to give you qualified options to find the best placement for your child, if he/she requires this. We believe that residential therapy is usually the last resort.

Our purpose is to educate parents on an industry that is extremely confusing especially as you enter it for the first time. Dealing with a struggling teen, parents usually will turn to the Internet for resources and will quickly find they are bombarded with tons of ads, sales reps and confusing jargon stating they can save your teenager. Sorting of Internet fact verses cyber-fiction can be overwhelming.

Selecting a private boarding school for your child is a very important decision, we believe you should be armed with as much information as possible and that is what we want to give you. As much reliable and factual information as possible from firsthand experiences and research.

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4. What is the average cost of residential schools and programs?

The costs vary depending upon what school or program you choose for your child. Qualified programs can range from $4000.00 per month and up. In some cases, your medical insurance may cover a portion of a Therapeutic Boarding School (TBS) or Residential Treatment Center (RTC).

Most Military and Boarding Schools start at $20,000.00 annually.

(See our Financial Options page.)

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5. What is the cost of the schools and programs?

There are locations throughout the United States. We do encourage parents not to restrict their search to a limited geographical area. Finding the most appropriate fit for your child may require travel.

Keep in mind age-of-majority, whereas your child has the ability to sign themselves out of a program at a certain age. In some states, like Florida, the age is 16. We can discuss other states with you.

Ideally visiting a school or program you are considering for your teen is great, however realistically, whether it is time constraints or financial issues, many families are not able to make that additional trip prior to placing their teen.

As long as you have done your due diligence such as; spoken with parent references, students that have graduated and we encourage parents to call the local sheriff's office and ask if there are many incidents there or what their opinion is. They can't always give incident reports but will sometimes give you an idea about their feeling/opinion of the program. You never know who answers the phone.

These are some ways to get a good pulse on a program you can't visit.

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6. My child has already been in therapy, how can residential programs help?

Most teens have already exhausted their weekly one-on-one sessions at home and they have concluded it isn't working. Why? In many cases it is because they are still coming back to their home environment and peer group. Until the teen is able to be physically removed from their comfort zone, they will finally be able to open up completely to where this negative behavior is stemming from.

At home it seems to be escalating in a vicious cycle, it is time to get off that bus and get help. In a program that is about bringing the family back together, they should incorporate you all as your teen begins to heal.

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7. Should I tell my teen we are looking at programs? He/she is not willing to go. I have read all these horror stories online about transports, how do we find a reputable one?

In our opinion, you should never discuss your adult business with your teenager. Up to this point your teenager has not proven to you they are mature enough to handle a decision of this magnitude.

You are about make a decision to give them a second opportunity at a positive future. They are not in their right mind to understand that -- yet.

Most teens are not willing to attend, that is normal. This is why there are legitimate transport services that are licensed and insured to transport your teen safe and sound.

The Internet is full of deceptive information and horrors stories of all kinds. When selecting a transport service be sure you get parent references and speak to people that have used their services as well as always asking for a copy of their credentials.

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8. Will my teen be around kids that are worse than him/her? Will my teen be around bad kids? 

Using a service like P.U.R.E. we can help you sort through some of the programs and what type of student they accept. You want to be sure that you aren't placing your teen out of their element.

There are many sales reps out there ready to place your child simply to increase their numbers and/or collect a commission. This is what P.U.R.E. about, educating the parent about knowing and understanding how to determine what the best fit is for your individual child and family. Both emotionally and financially.

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9. Are Military Schools for troubled teens? What about Boot Camps?

Absolutely not! Military Schools are a privilege and honor to attend. If you are threatening to send your teen to a Military School, it is an empty threat. Or worse than that, if you happen to find one that will accept him/her, and they get expelled, chances are good you will end up forfeiting your tuition.

Boot Camps are short-term programs with very limited, if any success. In our opinion, we never recommend or suggest any boot camps. Teens usually come out with more anger and resentment and it is commonly targeted at the person that placed them there.

Contrary to quality residential therapy, where you will find a program that builds a child up, boot camps are usually punitive and primitive which is not conducive to helping your teen feel good about themselves to make better choices.

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10. Are there free programs?

Yes! Just remember in most cases you will have to provide documentation to prove to you qualify for free or sliding scale programs. For more information contact your local United Way services.

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11. How is P.U.R.E.™ funded?

P.U.R.E.™ is funded by several schools and programs as well as private funding. We are part of a pro-active community in getting our children the help they may need. Our community recognizes that our children are the future.

Our motto is: Bringing families back together…

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12. How do we get started?

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