Two $10 million dollar lawsuits have been filed against North Homes in Grand Rapids. The first suit is in regard to a sexual relationship between a female juvenile at a North Homes facility and a 23 year old employee in 2004.

The second lawsuit was filed by the father of a resident of Itaskin Juvenile Center. The juvenile ran away from the center and was discovered later at the home of an center employee. The woman, a former social worker, pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct. She was fired and served three months in prison.

Jim Christmas, CEO of North Homes, told KMSP-TV that the facility made numerous changes after the incidents. Changes include: weekly reviews of mandated reports, student grievances, and any boundary concerns between youth or staff. He also said the administration has added staff, improved the screening and vetting process, and increased training.