Also known as
Anderson Academy, Vero Beach Ranch for Boys
Indian River County, serving boys (13-18)
DCF abuse or neglect investigations
DCF verified cases
This 15-month residential program for boys was founded in 2001 and is connected with the international Teen Challenge network. It is not licensed by the state and no longer has a religious exemption under FACCCA.
It has been investigated by state child care officials 20 times in the past 10 years, with credible evidence of abuse found in eight cases, the most recent in 2011.
The school’s director, Maynard Sweigard, denied the abuse, but said the school once used a more rigid format when it followed the model based on a Teen Challenge program in Bonifay (also known as Gateway Christian Military Academy).
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