The 1974 Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) required states to grant religious exemptions to child neglect and abuse laws in order to receive federal money.

Thirty states have child abuse religious exemptions. These are Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, and Wyoming.

5-page article with video investigating New Beginnings residential treatment center


How does an abusive teen rehab center avoid regulation and inspection? Authorities began investigating violent beatings, starvation, and torture at the Roloff Homes in 1971. 


Why Jesus is Not a Regulator

Deregulation is a recipe for disaster. In the last 10 years, more than two dozen teenagers have died in “troubled teen programs”. None, of these programs, were properly regulated. Recently though , alternative licensing regimes have been introduced to recognize religious training as an alternative form of qualification. The article examines how Texas regulators tried to shut down a Christian rehabilitation program called Teen Challenge before being successful then-Governor Bush responded by scuttling all the state's training and safety regulations for such facilities. It examines how since deregulation has been under way in Texas for a few years, abuses are being reported, for example at the Roloff Homes in Corpus Christi who were bound and beaten