Heartbreaking. Informative. Illuminating. What an intriguing read for anyone who has ever wondered how foster care works in our country. Cases are described and then interpreted by the authors. The book brings great insight to what the state views as the "least detrimental" choice in child placement. The emphasis is placed on putting the needs of the child first and foremost. Overcoming obsolete laws and practices to make this happen for the sake of the children is a central theme. Additionally, there is a strong reflective element. The authors examine not only the children, biological parents and foster parents, but also case and state workers in an effort to push forward in child protection issues.