Wasted by Patrick T. Murphy
The Plight of America's Unwanted Children

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The public guardian of Cook County, Illinois, charges that the child welfare bureaucracy, designed to help children, is instead helping to destroy them. Murphy explains the facts and failures of the child welfare system—and offers solutions—better than any expert I've ever read on the subject....A first-rate read—poignant and instructive. —Edward I. Koch

About Patrick T. Murphy

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Murphy is the Public Guardian of Cook County, Illinois, a position in which he represents abused and neglected children and the elderly disabled. He graduated from Northwestern University School of Law. He has been an assistant state's attorney for Cook County, a Peace Corps volunteer, a lawyer with the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago, and a lawyer in private practice.
Published July 1, 1997 by Ivan R. Dee. 192 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Parenting & Relationships, Education & Reference, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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He has seen generations of children move through the child welfare system, bouncing from foster parents to birth parents until the children too are old enough to have children and mistreat them.

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In Murphy's view, the system originally designed to protect children now regards irresponsible parents as society's victims and protects them instead, in effect ""preserving families [and] killing children."" While separation from parents can be damaging, the author makes the point that in many c...

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She writes classical historical fiction, thrillers, funny books, sad books, but always good books.

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