Turning Stones: My Days and Nights with Children at Risk

Marc Parent, Author, Anna Quindlen, Foreword by
Marc Parent, Author, Anna Quindlen, Foreword by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) $25 (384p) ISBN 978-0-15-100204-7
Reviewed on: 09/02/1996
Release date: 09/01/1996
Paperback - 400 pages - 978-0-449-91235-5
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In this outstanding work of social commentary, Parent describes the harrowing conditions he worked under and the brutalization he witnessed during the four years he was employed as a caseworker by New York City's Emergency Children's Services. His job was to respond in the night to calls made at those hours regarding children in life-threatening situations. He would then visit their homes and decide whether the children should be removed. Inadequately trained and without sufficient supervision, he and his co-workers were forced to balance dangerous situations against taking often unwilling children from their homes into tenuous foster-care arrangements. Among other horrendous encounters during his tenure, Parent dealt with an eight-year-old with venereal disease and a mother who threw her child out the window. Believing that child abuse can happen in rural as well as urban areas, Parent convincingly argues for public scrutiny of child welfare agencies as well as a societal commitment to protecting children. Author tour. (Sept.)
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