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Outstanding and still pertinent
on January 10, 2014
This is a superb, eminently readable, and balanced overview of the child welfare system. It contains true, compelling, and representative stories of children and families which were caught up in the system for various reasons. The names of the children and their families were changed in order to protect their privacy. It's a miracle this book could ever be published, due to the strict protections of privacy in the law. In the process of telling the stories, the authors explain how the child welfare system works (or doesn't work). It turns out, like any human institution, the system has its flaws, but there are almost always very valid reasons for why things are done the way they are. Myths are debunked, and the system is shown for what it is - a sometimes flawed, but nonetheless vitally important support for children whose parents and society have failed them. There are numerous references in the back of the book to support the assertions in the text. The book is about 20 years old, but I believe it should still be pertinent and relevant today.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in children or the child welfare system. If you would like to make a difference, please consider volunteering as a CASA or Guardian Ad Litem.