Evolving Residential Work with Children and Families


James R. Harris Jr., Ph.D.

Harris delves into the ethical and practical issues facing professionals – from administrators to direct-care workers – in the residential field. His insistence on respect for the children in care and the empowerment of their families while they are in the system shines through. His commitment to helping administrators and workers think through issues can only help improve services, even in tough budget times. This updated and expanded volume is a must-have for managers and staff looking at the larger picture and for staff at all levels working in residential care facilities.

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Editorial Reviews

"This book brings it on! And I continue to admire the writer. Just as he did in his first offering, Jim Harris takes a bold stand on many of the important issues and practices that make up the world of residential care for children. Jim knows what effective treatment is all about and has written another stimulating book that will help new and experienced professionals meet the needs of kids who have been removed from their homes. This remains an outstanding resource for youth care workers and supervisors.""
–Charles Appelstein, MSW, Appelstein Training Resources, LLC; Author of Gus Chronicles and No Such Thing as a Bad Kid

"Evolving Residential Work with Children and Families reflects the compassion, commitment, and straight forward thinking of the author, Jim Harris, who has devoted his professional career to making a difference in the lives of others. In this work, Jim brings “family” into the equation – and offers sound theoretical concepts, proven strategies, and highlights the systemic challenges residential programs are facing. This book is a must for those that strive to help youth in residential care, and their families.""
–Dave Pelzer, NY Times Best-Selling author of A Child Called It, The Lost Boy, A Man Named Dave, and Help Yourself.

“If you are thinking of getting into or are already working with children in residential care, and can only read one book, it should be this one. The information in these chapters will help you and your program whether it is foster care, a community-based group home, or residential treatment center.”
–Michael Hyde
The Houseparent Network

“Evolving Residential Work with Children and Families is a compact but comprehensive volume that presents and discusses an array of information critical for staff to understand and implement. Every child and his or her family deserve to be respected and supported as they learn skills and strategies to strengthen the family ties. Regardless of whether residential treatment is part of helping the child and family to regroup and reunite or to stabilize and plan for the next step, this book provides information about the theory and practice of helping people grow as they actively participate in respectful care.”
–Susan Giblin, M.A., LMHC
Clinical Director, NAFI Rhode Island

"This is an interesting book, filled with great information and practical strategies that all staff members can use on a daily basis.""
–Sherri Gerber-Somers LMSW
SJJS Secure Residential Treatment Program

“This book is wonderfully written from both the heart and mind. It bridges the gap from theoretical perspective to real-life issues that present themselves when we are working with children in a “hands-on” capacity.”
–Carleen Bellaire, M.Ed.; Principal, Special Education Program

“Evolving Residential Work with Children and Families offers the child care professional practical applications that they can apply to their work, all the while providing an overview on how the child welfare system is changing. This expansion into the broader view of care makes the book one of the most insightful observations of children’s treatment systems.”
–Jerry Hatfield, LCDP, Human Services Department, Community College of Rhode Island"


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Introduction to Book