About the author: Dr. Richard England teaches in the Special Education program at Freed-Hardeman University. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he also serves as a surrogate parent for various school systems, and is a licensed school psychologist. Dr. England has worked as a teacher, school administrator, with a state higher education agency, and as a state psychiatric hospital administrator. He also has served as a commissioner with various accrediting commissions. His publications have dealt with technology in education; school desegregation; at-risk children; and deviant behavior in children.2001 0-7734-7420-X
This text provides an overview of issues associated with the needs of children who are displaced in society. An opening discussion of the importance of attachment serving as the basis for a child’s development, the remainder of the text considers the elements of a social service system that frequently hinders planning for the ‘best interest of the child.’ Throughout the text are brief case studies, taken from actual cases, which provide insights into the frustrations facing the children, caregivers, social service workers, and educators as they attempt to meet the needs of children. The text also serves as a commentary on existing social systems, while providing supplemental material for study in education, special education, social services, and other related fields.