Opening in 1962, the center strove to be a wilderness treatment center for troubled boys. Anneewakee expanded from the single Douglasville, Ga center to also include a boys campus near Carrabelle, Florida and a girls campus near Rockmart, Georgia.
At its inception Anneewakee was not ground breaking but certainly trend setting. It became a model for wilderness treatment centers. It was considered extremely effective in its basic tenets. The organization bragged of well over an 80% success rate.
Eventually scandals emerged in the 1980s with allegations of Anneewakee's decades long history of forced child labor, sexual abuse and physical abuse. Survivors of this center today range from people who say it saved their lives, to people who refer to it as the Chernobyl of treatment centers.
Anneewakee today is known as Inner Harbour Hospital. After the scandals it was closed down and re-opened under new care and a new identity. Today it operates successfully and is continuing to help children and their families.
22 former patients sue Anneewakee: Hospital accused of plot to hide evidence of abuse http://nafcj.org/PoetterPlot22patients.htm 1986 Atlanta Journal Constitution article