Turning Stones: My Days and Nights with Children at Risk A Caseworker's Story

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Why does an infant die of malnutrition? Why does an eight-year-old hold a knife to his brother's throat? Or a mother push her cherished daughter twenty-three floors to her death? Marc Parent, a city caseworker, searched the streets--and his heart--for the answers, and shares them in this powerful, vivid, beautifully written book.

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Marc Parent worked for four years as a caseworker for Emergency Children's Services in New York, acting as the final protector of children from abusive parents, as "the one on the front line--the last hope for a kid in trouble." His job was to make house calls and decide if a child needed to be removed at once. He has selected eight cases illustrating the extreme pressures of the work and indicating why it is that the system so often fails in its mission. He recounts unsparingly how three years into his job he made a fatal mistake, failing to recognize the plight of a little boy who later died of starvation. This compelling account is an important documenting of the weaknesses of the child support system.

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"A revelatory and affirmative work, a grace note played against the darkest passages of family life."
--Newsday

"AN ABSORBING PIECE OF NARRATIVE NONFICTION . . . A rare glimpse of what it is like to man these front lines of the war on child abuse--and what it does to a person's soul . . . Devastating . . . Mesmerizing."
--Los Angeles Times

"Riveting . . . Combines humor and pathos, horror and joy . . . This book is not the observation of a journalist. This comes straight from the heart."
--Detroit Free Press

"Turning Stones is by turns discomforting, and painful, comical and hopeful. Marc Parent's unblinking honesty made me wince. His deft storytelling made me sit up and listen. And his love for the children--and yes, their parents--made me want to turn stones as well."
--Alex Kotlowitz
Author of There Are No Children Here

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