Lakeland Girls Home

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Checked October 16,2011
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Lakeland Girls Home - Teen Challenge Florida is marketed as a Christian boarding school, but is suspected of being a behavior modification program located on 6754 South Carter Road Lakeland, Florida[1]

They run a faith based behavior modification program lasting 15 months [2].

The target group is female teenagers aged between 12 and 17.

Program structure


The facility use the "Switched-On Schoolhouse curriculum". Parents should check if the daughters can get their accredited in their home school district [2].


The Daily Kos published a 9-part series ocumenting systematic religious abuse at Teen Challenge[3]

Outcome studies

According to an article in Austin Chronicle the outcome of such programs is disputed [4].

External Links

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Survivor groups

Message boards


  1. The facility on Google maps
  2. 2.0 2.1 [1], program homepage
  3. Teen Challenge: The Assemblies' own "kiddie gulag", The Daily Kos, April 26, 2008
    Teen Challenge: Coercive groups disguised as rehab, The Daily Kos, April 27, 2008
    Teen Challenge: A typical week in the "Jesus Gulag", The Daily Kos, April 28, 2008
    Teen Challenge: Life within the "Jesus Gulag", The Daily Kos, April 29, 2008
    Teen Challenge: Possible missionary mill?, The Daily Kos, April 30, 2008
    Teen Challenge: The depths of coercion at a "God Warrior" training camp, The Daily Kos, May 1, 2008
    Teen Challenge: Sex abuse and sexual predators, The Daily Kos, May 2, 2008
    Teen Challenge: Court-ordered coercion and CYA indemnity contracts, The Daily Kos, May 3, 2008
    Teen Challenge: Your tax dollars, paying for institutionalised abuse, The Daily Kos, May 4, 2008
  4. Faith-Based Homes on Trial, by Emily Pule, Austin Chronicle, december 15, 2000