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Tender Mercies: Inside the World of a Child Abuse Investigator

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This first-person, emotional account of a child protection service worker in New York State gives the reader an intimate look at all aspects of handling child abuse cases: interviewing parents who have been accused of abusing their children, talking to abused children removed from their parents' guardianship, working with an uncaring system ironically designed with the ...more
Hardcover, 293 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by CWLA Press (Child Welfare League of America) (first published November 1991)
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Let's be honest, I had to read this book for a class. But, overall, I didn't hate reading it; it definitely had it's moments. Richards seems a bit self-absorbed at times, and yes, he complains quite a bit. But who can blame him? His job really sucks, as you will quickly discover once reading this book. He basically deals with families that have abused or neglected their child(ren) in some way, and it's hardly ever a situation that is anything but bad. Some of the stories that he tells about the ...more
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