I have watched this group since it's inception and seen them get progressively worse. They started out with the intention of helping survivors of institutionalized child abuse. Now, they seem to have lost sight of their original mission statement.
A CAFETY staff member should NEVER have approached beasinthearmy asking him to remove his review. It borders on harassment trying to induce guilt stating it's "for the kids" when beasinthearmy has a valid point.
The ED states in her response to beasinthearmy's first review that they "never endorsed or opposed a candidate". The rules for a 501(c)(3) state that an organization can not participate in an election in any way, and even lobbying activities are limited. Partisanship, posting derogatory statements or links to articles critical of the personal or business activities of a candidate during an election year are prohibited. It is a wide sweeping ban. The surest ways to lose exempt status are failing to file financial statements for three years or surpassing the political activity limit.
This is an issue that starts at the top. The ED has been seated since CAFETY became a 501(c)(3). This position never seems to come up for election. Perhaps the title of Founder/ED should be separate.
A Founder position can never be changed, but the ED position should be flexible in order to keep any organization from stagnating.
CAFETY's role in saving youth from institutional abuse is vital, especially since laws don't do nearly enough to prevent it.
I found CAFETY after reading a book about the troubled teen industry. My own experience from the 1980's was reflected in the book even though I didn't attend one of the highlighted programs. From my first introduction to CAFETY, I have been impressed but their grass roots effort to educate the public and advocate for youth. I have watched CAFETY grow and mature as an organization, and I am pleased to be a donor and supporter.
I am so grateful for this organization for their efforts to reform the "troubled teen industry"! It takes an incredible amount of time and dedication to fight an industry that is supported by our government and I am incredibly proud of the courage and compassion that shines in this group. Thank you for all you do!! Your efforts do NOT go unnoticed!!
I attended a horrible (though not one of the worst) wilderness therapy program and when I got out I joined CAFTEY. It made me feel like I was making a difference and helping shut down these horrific places and I was! CAFTEY is an amazing organization dedicated to the betterment of youth care. I plan on becoming much more active with CAFTEY in the years to come.