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Turning stones : my days and nights with children at risk

Author: Marc Parent
Publisher: New York : Harcourt Brace & Co., ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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An 8-year old boy holding a knife to his younger brother's throat. Three small children who watch their older sister jump out of a twenty-third story window, following their mother's orders. Two boys whose mother believes they are all victims of a hex laid on them by her ex-husband. An eleven-year-old boy at a fashionable Manhattan address whose mother is so drunk she can't keep her robe closed when child welfare  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Case studies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Parent, Marc.
Turning stones.
New York : Harcourt Brace & Co., ©1996
(OCoLC)605153870
Named Person: Marc Parent; Marc Parent
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marc Parent
ISBN: 0151002045 9780151002047
OCLC Number: 34651428
Description: xi, 366 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Prehistory and Early Civilisations --
2. The Conflict: Greeks and Jews --
3. Rome, The East and Early Christianity --
4. The Celts, Feudalism and Islam --
5. Medieval Europe and New Worlds --
6. Renaissance England --
7. Puritanism and the Rise of the Work Ethic --
8. The Elite and Transvestism --
9. Sex and the Enlightenment --
10. Empire and Industry --
11. Colonisation by Medicine --
12. Wars and Persecution --
13. Reform, Liberation and Inequality --
14. Analysis and Reflections.
Responsibility: Marc Parent ; with a foreword by Anna Quindlen.
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An 8-year old boy holding a knife to his younger brother's throat. Three small children who watch their older sister jump out of a twenty-third story window, following their mother's orders. Two boys whose mother believes they are all victims of a hex laid on them by her ex-husband. An eleven-year-old boy at a fashionable Manhattan address whose mother is so drunk she can't keep her robe closed when child welfare workers come to visit. These are the heroes of Marc Parent's Turning Stones, small and unsuspecting victims of a society, and of a bureaucracy, that do not know what to do with them. For three years, Marc Parent was a respected caseworker in New York City's Emergency Children's Services, a city agency created to investigate cases of abused children during the evening and nighttime hours. Parent applied himself to his work with devotion, and in his tiny charges he saw day-to-day bravery as well as some of the strangest twists the human soul can suffer. Eventually, however, Parent discovered what a thin line separates any of us from tragedy, especially when children are involved. Faced with the horror of a child's death he ultimately, inspiringly, rediscovers the feeling of making a difference in our world - if only by turning one stone at a time. There are no prescriptions or policies here, only the lives of human beings in a fearsome world, told with vividness, humor, honesty, and deep sympathy.

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