Family Foundation School / Allynwood Academy
CLOSED (August 2014)




Rachel Raffaele

I got sent to the family school on March 10th, 2009.

I was sent away for emotional problems and some other issues, but mostly because of my behavior. My experience at the Family school was an up and down roller coaster that I couldn't really understand. I found very few of the staff helpful and the other just very mentally abusive.

I was never restrained because I wasn't so much of a angry kid but I do remember being emotionally abused and called names by staff. I would get up at the table for a topic and basically be put down for one wrong action, or talked down to for speaking how I felt. Some of the staff I found to be very mean and made rude and [make] inappropriate comments.

I remember a student up at the table and being called a piece of shit right to their face by a family leader. They tried to control us like robots and make us think the way they wanted us to and if we didn't then we were punished and put on cruel and mean sanctions that did not help with emotional problems kids were facing.

I sat in a corner for days with no one to talk to in a hard small chair facing a wall all day long. I was once put on work sanction and was taken out of school and forced to work in the kitchen all day no matter how I felt or no matter how sick I was. I felt alone and scared like there was no way out, and like my whole life had been turned upside down into this sick sick place called the Family Foundation school.

I only attended the school for about 9 months, but I will never forget the emotional abuse and pain i endured.


Submitted By: Rachel Raffaele