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  1. Author

    An afterthought: Why would a parent have to write out three different checks all made out to Straight, Inc.?

  2. As far as I’m aware of and what my mom told me is that she paid between $7k-8k the day I went in. My dad had died and she became quite wealthy overnight. She did not BS about money so I believed her. I got the impression that at the time the kids from either wealthy parents or who were court ordered tended to be held at phases longer. I didn’t escape until I was close enough to my 18th birthday that it would’ve been a pain in her ass and not enough to have her go thru the judicial system. She was a paralegal for a big firm and I just know how she thinks. She definitely had the ways and means to keep me there indefinitely. The kicker is that it turns out she paid Straight, Inc. with my inheritance money. I PAID FOR MY OWN YEAR LONG MIND RAPE! I should’ve had just under $40k when I turned 18. There was only $10k. Sorry, had to tell you backstory. I’m curious as to what other parents paid though, and if my mom may have been full of BS and just took my money. She did a lot of traveling with her new man and months would go by at a time before I would see her. Non-profit my a$$!

    1. Author

      I’m curious as to how much was charged over the years and in various locations too.
      Which year and location was this?

  3. In the old days, the “fee” was $500 total. Plus support by parents for newcomers who stayed with us. Group meal contributions. And open meeting donations.

    1. Author

      Thanks!
      So far we have:

      – ‘Old days’ (circa 1976-1977) approx $500+ for one kid in St. Petersburg, Florida
      – mid 1982 approx $2000+ for one kid in St. Petersburg, Florida
      – late 1983 approx $4700+ for one kid in Springfield, Virginia
      and $7000-8000+ in (year? location?)

  4. Initial fee in Marietta, GA (2221 Austell Rd) was $3500 for an in-town child. Out of town children paid way more. Remember they had 10 locations and 14 satellite offices. Multiply that $700,000 by at least 10. This does not include offshoots miller Newton opened such as KHK (Kids Helping Kids), Kids of Bergen County, and more. Not sure where the $35 fee came in. Many, like myself, got served Peanut Butter in a plastic sandwich baggie for torture. In Marietta, Wednesday night meals were at the host homes. For the children on peanut butter, they received no meals at night and no Po Folks on Sundays. If the host family home had no peanut butter, the child did not eat. I was on that “diet” for months…no jelly… no bread. I became emaciated, lost my fingernails, and developed cervical lump on the front side of my neck. To my understanding, some families were double and tripled billed, all the while they received government funding and the FBI investigated for embezzlement of medicaid funding to the tune of $950,000 So add that number to the millions.

    1. Oh and we had 350-500 kids at any one given time.

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