I am very glad that you feel you never encountered abuse. However like dozens of former residents who I've spoken with over the past three years, I would like to discuss many of the issues you named above, particulary the extensive child labor violations and verbal hardships. I would like to know why you consider these to be a suitable part of an effective treatment program.
For your information, Andy Larsson wasn't "horrendously" forced out. He was fired by the congregation for cheating on his wife...repeatedly. The houseparents left because of the abuse they did not agree with (I have the affidavits on file..and see comment above by Tim Sabens).
I would appreciate the opportunity to speak with both of you to discuss your experiences. You can call me anytime at 678-995-5455.
Learn more at www.pinehavenabuse.info
Once again, Bob Larsson refers to the stacks of letters he receives from the families of kids he has taken in, however (as is the norm for him) he forgets who he just referenced and quotes a general phrase of thankfulness from students. Of course, he uses the phrase, "You saved my life."
A few things should be noted here.
First, Pinehaven sells to, and caters to the families of the children they take in in addition to the good hearted people around the country who send them checks. From the very first day, when parents are signing their kid over to the ranch, they are fed a false picture of what will is to come, and then, when their kid is finally returned to them years later, they respond kindly because they love the quite, polite, respectful, institutionalized zombie that Pinehaven created out of their child. Usually, these responses are written within a few months after the child's return, before the institutionalization has worn off.
However, the "program" at Pinehaven is only designed to work while the child is at Pinehaven, or within a similar institution. It is not designed to work in the real world. Pinehaven even mentions this within their orientation paperwork for parents!
Here's the quote - "yor child's improvement is due to the policies and the different way of life he/she has found at Pinehaven. Even if he/she excels at the Ranch, he/she will not excel at home if the same standard is not held at home." Those are Bob Larsson's words.
Secondly, Bob Larsson loves to throw around the phrase, "saved my life", both from the viewpoint of parents and children. It should be noted that he is unable to use the phrase, "If you don't send your child to Pinehaven, or they will die" due to the inability to control context. Replace "If you don't send your child to Pinehaven" with any other action, such as "send us money", then the statement can easily be seen for the threat that it is. Neither parents nor kids have any cellestial knowledge of whether or not their child will die. They may, they may not. We are all in this same boat every morning when we wake up - it is the risk of life. However, Bob Larsson constantly quotes these phrases to avoid directly threatening parents and kids, while instilling a fear-based motivation for introduction into the program and compliance throughout.
This is the true nature of Bob Larsson, in his own words.
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