Teen Rescue, Inc is a non-profit organization that owns and operates River View Christian Academy (RVCA). RVCA is an accredited boarding school with credentialed teachers that is certified by the California Department of Education. Our boarding school was established in 1993 and has been certified by the Department of Education for 25 years.
Harassment by California Community Care Licensing
In spite of not being within their jurisdiction, Community Care Licensing has visited our campus on numerous occasions. Many of these visits were the result of “anonymous” complaints that claim RVCA was acting as an unlicensed group home.
CCLD served a search warrant on our campus in 2011 and thoroughly investigated our school. They interviewed our students and staff and reviewed all of our records. During this investigation, it was made evident to our staff that CCLD was not looking for the truth, but had an agenda to prove the “complaint” true. One of our staff members overheard a CCLD investigator tell another, “Don’t take pictures of the library. It makes them look too much like a school.”
In spite of this clear agenda and unethical behavior, and after over a year of back and forth communication, CCLD finally acknowledged and confirmed that the complaint was unfounded.
In 2015, almost two years to the day after RVCA was cleared of the previous complain, the same complaint was made again that RVCA was acting as an unlicensed facility. CCLD again showed up unannounced at our campus to redo the same investigation. However, as we are not under their jurisdiction and they did not have a search warrant, we denied them access.
Following CCLD’s unannounced visit, RVCA met with Tom Stahl, the Regional Manager of CCLD at the time, in Sacramento. At the end of the meeting, Mr. Stahl confirmed that RVCA was in compliance with our certification under the Department of Education and that the complaint was unfounded.
However, further showing CCLD’s agenda, the final report after the meeting with Tom Stahl claimed that their investigation was “inconclusive”. Inconclusive in spite of the fact that their previous 3 day warrant and in-depth investigation, with our full cooperation, found NOTHING that RVCA was doing wrong or would cause us to be in violation of our certification under the Department of Education. Inconclusive in spite of Tom Stahl’s statement, which we have on a recorded statement that he was “satisfied there is no unlicensed supervision [at RVCA]”. In our opinion, the investigation was deemed “inconclusive” to allow CCLD to leave the case open indefinitely and give them time to find another excuse to continue their harassment of our school.
Most Recent Incident
At the beginning of this year (2019), CCLD returned to our campus with another warrant to again search our files and our entire campus, including private staff residences, and interview our staff and students. This time they arrived unannounced with 17 investigators and an additional 16 armed California Highway Patrol officers. The student interviews were threatening and conducted without parent permission, showing their complete lack of respect for the parents’ rights. CCLD refused to tell us what generated this investigation, but they implied that it was related to SB524.
This investigation is currently ongoing.
Standing for Faith
In our 25 years as a school, RVCA has never had a complaint of child abuse. Nor has RVCA ever been cited for any type of violation, let alone a licensing violation. Yet, CCLD has continued to harass us for years for no other reason than that they want full and complete control over the care of children in the state of California. And they are using the vague and unspecified definitions in SB524 to further infringe on the rights of parents and religious organizations.
We believe that this has gone too far and the the state of California needs to be held accountable for their constant harassment and infringement of our rights.
Please help support us in our fight against this injustice.
Please contact your church, school, local government officials and express your concern over this abuse of power. And please consider donating.