Anchor Character Training Center

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The Anchor Character Training Center is a behavior modification facility marketed as a Christian boarding school. It is located outside Fort Dodge in Iowa [1].

The program can last between 1 and 3 years.

The facility is not licensed by the authorities in Iowa.

On the address a program for pregnant teenagers called Amazing Grace Pregnancy Center is registered, but it has not been possible to find additional information on this program.


This facility use corporal punishment

A statement given on a facebook group indicate use of corporal punishment [2]

I remember those rides with miss sue! she was the first one to give me swats


February 2009 The Messenger published a story about a registered sex offender, who was living at the facility [3]

The information about lack of regulation of group homes and boarding school made the politicians in Iowa make new laws so the facility has to meet the new children's center criteria in order to remain open [4]

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  1. The facility on Google maps
  2. Most memorable experince at the actc, a thread on the survivor group on Facebook
  3. Troubling legacy, By ABIGAIL McWILLIAM, Messenger news, February 27 2009
  4. Lawmakers pass requirements for Anchor center, by Abigail McWilliam, The messenger News, April 25, 2009
    Anchor to be a first in Iowa, by Abigail McWilliam, The messenger News, March 13, 2009