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Wasted: The Plight of America's Unwanted Children Paperback – February 28, 2000
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-?Sandra Isaacson, U.S. EPA Region VII Lib., Kansas City, Kan.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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No, this is not easy reading. It is a needed slap in the face reality of a read. Murphy writes, "In the present system, the parent's victim status becomes more important than the child's neglect." Unlike some other books by social critics, this compelling book offers solutions; such as restructuring child welfare bureaucracies into two agencies, one to provide services and the other to investigate child abuse.
The story of the five children placed in foster care and found to be barely living in a basement, was more than shocking. These children would tell their social worker everything was okay, lying to prevent further abuse. A system that rips everything away from these orphans of the living--their hopes, dreams, hearts, and souls desperately needs revamping.
How can we complain about the children of today, when our legal systems are only serving procreation of our citizens of tomorrow? We can do something, save one child at a time. We must start somewhere. Be a mentor, be a Guardian Ad Litem in your local county, be a saviour.
A rivetingly raw book. I urge you to buy it now.
I appreciate your interest & comments--CDS
His opinions on the current state of Child Welfare Services is rough but honest. He is generally negative and does not hold a great deal of hope for the future of our "system". While personal and profession beliefs in regards to many of his points differ, one cannot disagree with his reasoning.
The book is well thought out and worth reading.
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As someone who went through an international adoption I am all too aware of the cries of family preservationists. Read morePublished on June 8, 2008 by Dawn De Lorenzo
This book, written by a 30-year court guardian of the Chicago-area in Illinois, argues for the reformation of our child social services departments. Read morePublished on July 25, 2007 by bharring