Jump directly to the content

Newspaper Alleges Abuse in Christian-Affiliated Children's Homes

Tampa Bay Times investigation reveals "165 allegations of abuse and neglect" in Florida.

According to Florida state law, residential children's homes that claim religious exemptions are not subject to state oversight.

And this leads to religiously affiliated children's home subjecting children to "punishment and isolation that verge on torture — so long as they quote chapter and verse to justify it," according to an investigative report by the Tampa Bay Times. The three-part report details allegations of abuse and neglect at "nearly a dozen" of more than 30 religious homes reporters investigated.

The paper reported that "state authorities have responded to at least 165 allegations of abuse and neglect in the past decade," and that some homes have lost their licenses but continued "to avoid state restrictions on corporal punishment."

In Florida, the Department of Children and Families is responsible for regulating and inspecting children's homes. However, homes that claim a religious exemption are regulated "by the Florida Association of Christian Child Caring Agencies, a private, nonprofit group run almost entirely by the same people who run the homes."

CT previously reported on "church childproofing" in the debate over religious childcare regulation in Indiana.

Related Topics:Church and State
Posted:November 15, 2012 at 11:06AM
Gleanings aggregates what others are reporting. Learn more.
Recent Posts
God and America: It's Complicated
Surveys show fewer think America is a Christian nation, but many see ‘special relationship’ with God.
Burning Black Churches Rekindle Old Fears
(UPDATED) Two cases of arson found so far. Most weeks average five.
What Mark Driscoll Told Brian Houston at Hillsong Conference
(UPDATED) Debate continues over how long pastoral restoration should take.
Struggle over Same-Sex Marriage's Religious Liberty Ramifications Begins
(UPDATED) Liberty Institute sees good news, but other Christian legal groups disagree.
Christianity Today
Newspaper Alleges Abuse in Christian-Affiliated Children's Homes