Maclaren Hall childrens center or ju...
Savoy Anderson

Sherman Oaks, CA

#132 Jul 11, 2014
I was in mac from 87 to 91where I spent alot of time in the R&R room for fighting,I was in jr boys until I learned to escape,I had to be there cause my mom went to prison,but I felt like I was locked up too...I remember the times there everyday. Ive drove by there a few times thinking about everytime I escaped in so many different ways to get caught each time only to be brought back again and again...and that damb teddy bear with the heart haunts my memories.After I turned 13 I was introduced to juvenile hall which was the exact same thing to a sience...I have come to see that they were preparing us for the system cause they would take you in a van to court as kids,taken in the back away from people like prisoners to see the judge for progress reports,then back to mac...after a long life of dealing with the system in every juvenile hall,camp,youth authority,and prison...I have come to see that I was conditioned for that to be my future cause nobody wanted a nine year old child to adopt so from boys homes to soda beds and back to mac...I got caught stealing a car as I was running away with people I met in mac...from that point I was found unfit for mac and given to the state juvenile system as a gift to be recycled through again and again...I am grown now,and a very successful pimp,and what a surprise to say,I have had many girls who were also there,and know many more from Hollywood who ran away to become the next pimps girl...many of my other friends became dope heads or committed suicide. My mom got out after 20 yrs. Later and Im grown,but it was her crime that put me in a place that made me job security for a government check as a permanent child of the system...atleast my baby brothers got adopted to a beautiful family and ones a fireman,the other is security gaurd,but the 9 year old that was to old to be adopted was abandoned to the system...atleast it was co-ed which taught me from young how to sweet talk all the girls to go hump in the giant tires or behind the school,cause the only skills I had was manipulating a female,so its only right I am who I am...atleast in the underground world Im famous for my pimpin...cause if it wasnt for that,my options would have been a dope head or dead...F mac Im glad they closed!!!!
Angie

United States

#133 Jul 17, 2014
Hey my name is angie and i was there with my sister and brother in the 70s and from what i remember it was a bad place abuse of all kinds happend
robyn

Rowland Heights, CA

#134 Jul 17, 2014
I spent plenty of time in maclaran hall. Junior cottage. The lady rochelle with the long nails would let them lock me in a little bare room and treat me like an animal. The staff would play spades all night laughing and cackeling but if we made noise we were put in the r&r room where seldom did I get much rest and relaxation. the best thing they ever did for me was put me inna group home with windows that would open. I was a troubled teen, yes, however they gave new meaning to the term orphanage. I did look forward to the on campus school. I had a teacher there who I bonded with. She saw me as a child, not an animal. I still keep in touch with her on occasion. I truly believe she helped give me hope through my time there in that hell. Had it not been for her I would have most definately killed myself there.
Anonymous

Los Angeles, CA

#135 Jul 20, 2014
I lived in Mc Karen hall. My name is Latonya bell. I was a pixie,and a jr.girl.I am now 41.i really would like to find people that lived there at that time. I remember a group of us been regular,pasting each other as we went in and out of foster care.
Anonymous

Los Angeles, CA

#136 Jul 20, 2014
Savoy Anderson wrote:
I was in mac from 87 to 91where I spent alot of time in the R&R room for fighting,I was in jr boys until I learned to escape,I had to be there cause my mom went to prison,but I felt like I was locked up too...I remember the times there everyday. Ive drove by there a few times thinking about everytime I escaped in so many different ways to get caught each time only to be brought back again and again...and that damb teddy bear with the heart haunts my memories.After I turned 13 I was introduced to juvenile hall which was the exact same thing to a sience...I have come to see that they were preparing us for the system cause they would take you in a van to court as kids,taken in the back away from people like prisoners to see the judge for progress reports,then back to mac...after a long life of dealing with the system in every juvenile hall,camp,youth authority,and prison...I have come to see that I was conditioned for that to be my future cause nobody wanted a nine year old child to adopt so from boys homes to soda beds and back to mac...I got caught stealing a car as I was running away with people I met in mac...from that point I was found unfit for mac and given to the state juvenile system as a gift to be recycled through again and again...I am grown now,and a very successful pimp,and what a surprise to say,I have had many girls who were also there,and know many more from Hollywood who ran away to become the next pimps girl...many of my other friends became dope heads or committed suicide. My mom got out after 20 yrs. Later and Im grown,but it was her crime that put me in a place that made me job security for a government check as a permanent child of the system...atleast my baby brothers got adopted to a beautiful family and ones a fireman,the other is security gaurd,but the 9 year old that was to old to be adopted was abandoned to the system...atleast it was co-ed which taught me from young how to sweet talk all the girls to go hump in the giant tires or behind the school,cause the only skills I had was manipulating a female,so its only right I am who I am...atleast in the underground world Im famous for my pimpin...cause if it wasnt for that,my options would have been a dope head or dead...F mac Im glad they closed!!!!
I was there at the same time my name is Latonya I'm 41 now an want to find people that was there during my time
dat1ucalmo

Stone Mountain, GA

#137 Aug 25, 2014
Kylleen wrote:
Do you remember Whoopi Goldberg and Henry Winkler would come one day a week.. Different celebs sponsered different cottages. I agree the environment was not ideal, and I can agree sometimes frightening but the things that I read on some of the post where not the Maclaren I remember. I am making a choice to not dwell on the bad things that have happened to me, I have reconnected with several people I was in placement with and most of them are productive people despite their childhood. I wish the best for the children who had to grow up entirely to fast at Maclaren (MCC) I just remember it was the system in general that was broken not just MCC.
P.s. I still have some of those Polaroids that they took on Celeb day..
I remember whoopi, arnold and other celebs dropping by I was there pixies all the way to senior girl. 80-90.
Pat Romero

United States

#138 Oct 5, 2014
My name is PRomero, i was their back in 1974 with my 2 brothers. Maclaren Hall is a nightmare that still haunts me till this day, its a place i would never wish on any child no how bad they are. To have things taken from you by another kid or by a staff member and their is nothing you can do about. My brother was hit in the head with a toy by another boy because he wanted what my brother had and the staff didnt even let me see him.
I would like to have some pictures of this place to show my little girls this isn't the kind of place they would ever want to go to....
Shawn Etienne

Simi Valley, CA

#139 Oct 7, 2014
Kylleen wrote:
I spent many years in and out of Maclaren Hall as a 10 year old, the last time when I was 16.. When I was put into a group home where I remained till I was emancipated. I was in the the first time in 1984 and the last time in 1990. The place was set up into "cottages" I was in Jr. Girls and Sr. Girls.. Although I remember disliking Maclaren and thinking about Awoling a lot for a kid like me there were not many places willing to take a "damaged" child. I was restrained and put into a timeout room..(a locked room with bare walls and floors) Now with the ability to look back I know that was done to protect myself and others. I was angry for the abuse that I suffered that put me there so I acted out terribly. As did most the people I was there with. Once I reliezed fighting and acting tough were not gonna help me get out, I changed.. Then the program went smoothly I enjoyed things that most people did, went on outings.. Met many celebrities (once a year they had a celebrity day) I watched Run DMC do a private concert inside the walls, they also would have tons of activities. They even took poloroid pictures of you with the different celebrities.. Some I still have to this day. The system may not have been perfect but I was not burned with coffee or ciggerettes, or beaten or touched when I went to sleep. So from where I came from it was "safe". Being a kid in the system for many years a total of 12 years.. This was not the worst place that I was. When I emancipated I got a full ride to college (With the help of my social worker) and I made something of me. I think life is what you make of it, I choose not let the circumstances of my childhood define who I am, this includes Maclaren Hall... I think everyone there was just trying to survive including the staff members who had to deal with such abused children, I could not imagine how hard that might be. I am 37 years old and I would not change who I am today.. I am married to my best friend, have great kids, and have a great career. I think this experience shaped me into the person that I am. I came on this form to connect with some of the great people I met while I was there.. If you were there during this time and story sounds familiar please reply.. Thanks Kylleen
Hi Kylleen,

I was also placed at Maclaren Hall back in 1984. I started in the Tigers in H cottage & then graduated to the Jr. Boys dorm. The one good thing that I really enjoyed about Maclaren Hall was the Celebrity days. I think it was called good grooming day & then of course the Fonz & other celebrity's coming around Christmas time!
scotness

Baldwin, NY

#140 Oct 24, 2014
Ex PO wrote:
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Dorothy Kirby
I hated Kirby center. It was the other part of the system but still it haunts me to this day
Felicia

Los Angeles, CA

#142 Dec 8, 2014
Kylleen wrote:
I spent many years in and out of Maclaren Hall as a 10 year old, the last time when I was 16.. When I was put into a group home where I remained till I was emancipated. I was in the the first time in 1984 and the last time in 1990. The place was set up into "cottages" I was in Jr. Girls and Sr. Girls.. Although I remember disliking Maclaren and thinking about Awoling a lot for a kid like me there were not many places willing to take a "damaged" child. I was restrained and put into a timeout room..(a locked room with bare walls and floors) Now with the ability to look back I know that was done to protect myself and others. I was angry for the abuse that I suffered that put me there so I acted out terribly. As did most the people I was there with. Once I reliezed fighting and acting tough were not gonna help me get out, I changed.. Then the program went smoothly I enjoyed things that most people did, went on outings.. Met many celebrities (once a year they had a celebrity day) I watched Run DMC do a private concert inside the walls, they also would have tons of activities. They even took poloroid pictures of you with the different celebrities.. Some I still have to this day. The system may not have been perfect but I was not burned with coffee or ciggerettes, or beaten or touched when I went to sleep. So from where I came from it was "safe". Being a kid in the system for many years a total of 12 years.. This was not the worst place that I was. When I emancipated I got a full ride to college (With the help of my social worker) and I made something of me. I think life is what you make of it, I choose not let the circumstances of my childhood define who I am, this includes Maclaren Hall... I think everyone there was just trying to survive including the staff members who had to deal with such abused children, I could not imagine how hard that might be. I am 37 years old and I would not change who I am today.. I am married to my best friend, have great kids, and have a great career. I think this experience shaped me into the person that I am. I came on this form to connect with some of the great people I met while I was there.. If you were there during this time and story sounds familiar please reply.. Thanks Kylleen

Kylleen so wonderful to hear your story some what similar to my own. I have many wonderful memories of Maclaren. Remember friends day & earning our points to shop in the store. I actually ran away from a few foster homes to go back. I even knew how to catch the bus back no matter if I was in orange county or LA :), because of my time at Maclaren I learned to love & how to be a better parent than my parents. The counseling I received seemed useless at the time however I now see how much it helps me appropriately deal with past hurt pain & abuse. I do run in to old staff from time to time & it always brings back wonderful memories. Glad to hear you are doing well also we are kind of like sisters lol take care & be well. Again thanks for sharing :)
Felicia

Los Angeles, CA

#143 Dec 8, 2014
Robyn Engel wrote:
PS Andy Ringer was a very sweet, kind man who worked with the Pixies. Does anyone remember him? He was an angel.
Yes I definitely remember Mr Ringer. Thank you for all you gave people like you made It a enjoyable relief from what was going on in our lives. Yes there was a lot of pain mostly due to family issues. Yet there are many great stories of love & kindness from the staff who took care of me on & off for more than 10 yrs that's more than I can say for my blood family. I was in ever female cottage from pixies to sr. Girls.
JuGa

Los Angeles, CA

#144 Dec 15, 2014
I was there as well back in 93 . I know some one that use to work there,I'll ask her for the address & I'll look it up & go take pictures of the place. I had good & bad days at that place, but maid some good friends.
Felicia

Los Angeles, CA

#145 Dec 16, 2014
JuGa wrote:
I was there as well back in 93 . I know some one that use to work there,I'll ask her for the address & I'll look it up & go take pictures of the place. I had good & bad days at that place, but maid some good friends.
4024 S Durfee Rd
El Monte, California

Since: Jan 15

Katy, TX

#146 Jan 16, 2015
Steve w wrote:
I was there in mid to early 80's apart of tigers H unit.I was seven it was an awful experience i was there three times while being shuffled from one group home to the next. Watching the bloody noses drip all your stuff being stolen. Then come the booty busters an awful bunch of older kids that lurked by the pool area. Ill never forget being told to watch out for them by my cellmate. Mac hall was nothing more than a training ground for hell to play. I never asked to be born but growing up there really made me wish i was dead. I still wake up asking to make head calls. But bill from day shift was cool and who could ever forget the great CC.
i was there in 1984 and 85...was a crazy time and I do remember Mr Mack. Wow what a lifetime ago.
DemiDee

Darlington, UK

#147 Feb 4, 2015
I would love to hear from anyone who was at Maclaren Hall in 1989 and was one of the 50 children Michael Jackson hosted at his Neverland home. Contrary to shameful media reports, Jackson was a huge advocate for children's wellbeing, and it would be great to hear from or two of the children who met the star when he reached out to those at Maclaren Hall. My email address is: deepfeiffer1 (AT) yahoo.co.uk. Thanks in advance to anyone who either has such memories, or can point me in the right direction.
Roxanne

Antioch, CA

#149 Mar 9, 2015
Felicia wrote:
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Yes I definitely remember Mr Ringer. Thank you for all you gave people like you made It a enjoyable relief from what was going on in our lives. Yes there was a lot of pain mostly due to family issues. Yet there are many great stories of love & kindness from the staff who took care of me on & off for more than 10 yrs that's more than I can say for my blood family. I was in ever female cottage from pixies to sr. Girls.
Oh yeah Mr.Ringer was on morning shifts usually and the funny thing was no matter how mabad you acted he was always calm. He really was a sweetheart. I remember the first time I met him I was crying cause they had seperated me from my sister and brother who were in a foster home together. Mr. Ringer got on the phone that day with my social worker found out the phone number of the home they were in and made sure that the p.m. shift allowed me to call each day after showers and before bed to talk to them and say good night.
Roxanne

Antioch, CA

#150 Mar 9, 2015
dat1ucalmo wrote:
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I remember whoopi, arnold and other celebs dropping by I was there pixies all the way to senior girl. 80-90.
I still have pictures with celebrities from then and my autograph books. I even still have the last t-shirt I wore out of Mac with the little brown teddy bear holding a red heart that says Maclaren Children's Center.
MsGee

Las Vegas, NV

#151 Mar 31, 2015
Georgia April wrote:
I remember Romeo! He was ok.
I was there a that time..
tellinitlikeitis

Los Angeles, CA

#152 Mar 31, 2015
I was there in the mid 90's I am male and i was raped by an older male one evening in the shower i was 12 and i think he was about 16 He told me that this was going to happen again and that i could either get it done peacefully or forcefully I learned to actually enjoy it and actually want it after awhile He must have gotten turned on by this because he then begin to pleasure me and we ended up becoming lovers Hell of a way to find a buddy i know but im actually happy about it over all
shirlee scribner

Umatilla, FL

#153 Apr 1, 2015
The most vulnerable and needy children of our society require only the most committed and skilled to take care of them. They should be paid well and held to to the highest standard.
Shirlee Scribner Author of the book Untangle
a narrative about the abuse and neglect of children.

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