Scientology’s conviction that children are mature souls devalues physical and psychological nurturing.'Thetans' don't require nurturing. They are also capable of taking care of themselves. As a result, parentalsupervision is not a high priority in Scientology.
One of my first memories was being picked up by the police as I was walking to the Church nursery by myself in a city that wasknown as the murder capital of the United States. I must have been about 4 years old. I was waiting for a light to turn green when aman took hold of my arm and flagged down a police car. He couldn’t believe I was by myself and wanted to make sure I was okay.The police drove me to the nursery (following my directions) and made sure I arrived safely.Source: "Choice".
,Ex-Scientology Kids. 2008.
I remember one time my brother got bored and disappeared. The police brought him back in to the org. He had gone outside onto afour lane street and was walking on the yellow line. He was four or five at that time. Another time he was found walking down thestreet by a friend about 1/2 mile from the org. The friend asked him where he was going, and he said he was walking to hisgrandparents house (500 miles away). He brought him back to the org.Source: Bea Kiddo.
Dormitories and communal living
Children live in dormitories or nurseries separate from parents employed on Scientology staff or in thecult’s
"Family time" is set at 1 hour per day, when children share a meal with parents,typically in a crowded cafeteria
"Dolphinlover" describes her living arrangements at age 6 ½:
...after my Dad/Father died my Mother joined the sea org. My infant sister was a few months old and I was 6 ½...Suddenly we werethrust into the Child Cadet Org......"Family Time" was scheduled as one hour a day at dinner time for my Mom to come over and visit us!! But only if my Mom’s statswere up and her org stats were up...My mother came to see us, but it was inconsistent. I never knew if she was coming or not.I remember living in the children’s berthing...My baby sister was in a crowded nursery in a small crib, and I was in a dorm like roomwith about 5 other girls around my age. I was 6 1/2 years old. I was not allowed to see my baby sister, however I would sneak up tothe nursery room and visit her sometimes.My Mom lived in a building across town for Sea Org staff members...None of my other family members were scientologists, so I hadno contact with any of my grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. ...during this time.I cried a lot, missing my Mom, missing my grandparents, and my Dad...Mostly I cried when nobody could see me.Source: "dolphinlover".
(Forum post),Ex-Scientology Kids Forums. October 3, 2008.