About The FICANetwork

FICANetwork is simply a network of web sites, organizations and concerned citizents who all have the common goal of publicizing the dangerous side of ‘residential treatment’ for ‘troubled’ children and teens. FICANetwork is committed to improving the lives of children, especially those children who are in need of a little extra help. Through outreach and advocacy, we can make a difference! We regularly meet with legislators, attend hearings, and support candidates that support a vision of hope. We have been successful in advocating for improvements in our country so we can build a better world for our children.

We have no monetary interest in providing this information, we just believe it’s that important that people know the truth. We want adults to make informed decisions, when it comes to deciding what’s best for children.

When referring to ‘residential treatment’ we mean any government-run/subsidized or privately-run institution where children are taken away from home to receive rehabilitation, treatment or correction. Residential treatment operates under many ever-changing names. (i.e. boot camps, specialty boarding schools, academies, Christian academies, wilderness programs, outdoor programs,  and many, many more…) but the truth is most of these residential treatment programs are run like boot camps, involving, physical, sexual, spiritual, emotional, mental and even intellectual abuse. So for simplicity purposes, regardless of the specific name or category given a treatment program, we will be referring to the programs as either “residential treatment” or simply “the program.”

Our volunteer base is growing daily as concerned citizens have found a voice and renewed sense of hope. You too can make a difference. Subscribe to our FICANetwork  (blog) newsletter, or call to volunteer.

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  1. I was in Straight when I was 15. I’m 33 now and I still remember it very vividly. Straight closed in 1993 and I was happy because I thougth that was the end. My memories though are forever.
    I’ve just now begun my research and was suprised at how many programs are running today that are just like Straight. I’d like to help put an end to these programs and will be researching ways to do that. Thank you for your blogsite. It helps to know there are others who understand.

  2. I would like to help. My friend was admitted into Pathway Family Center illegally. His mother and step dad signed as his legal guardians when his mother and real father are his legal guardians. He has been in there for 11 months now. I have been doing so much research and in the past they have violated civil rights but there are still Pathway Centers open. Why would anyone allow a graduate of Straight Inc. to open a rehabilitation center when Straight Inc. was shut down because it was a cult. I just don’t understand why they are above the law and I want to do everything I can to help shut Pathway down. Please get back to me at your earliest convenience with any information or help you can give.



  3. i’m looking for allison, an any other teens or parents who are willing to contact me to join forces. strength is in numbers. lets resource together. ASAP

  4. For some places to contact others interested in the same topic, here are some links:

  5. Pathway is no more. Many ex-straightlings have gotten together to protest, I’ve not been able to. In the last year many of us got a wild hair to research Straight, 20 years after. I was there in 89′-90′. It’s time we got together for the sake of getting together, not for a protest, just a healing reunion, to know that we are not alone. anyone interested, contact me- Tom Marshall

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