By Madelyn Harvey
As a human service professional, what would you do if you had a child on your caseload who was recently reunified with their mother, but ended up more physically abused than the first time you were involved in the case? How would you intervene in a case involving children who had chronic school absences, had been reportedly begging for food from their neighbor, and who had been left home alone for lengthy periods of time? How would you handle a case involving a father who has a history of felonious assault, but who wants a chance to prove that he can care for his children? These and several other scenarios listed in this book are similar to ones the author faced over the course of her years in child welfare. The fictionalized accounts contained in the pages of this book will help you engage in critical-thinking exercises concerning many of the dynamics associated with children and families.