Professor Richard B. McKenzie is an unusual man; brilliant by nature and enlightened by experience. His willingness to seek the truth and social justice for the weakest members of society, children without functional parents, is as courageous as it is important. How a society cares for its weakest members tells how just and sensitive we are as a people. In this absorbing and historically important book, Dr. McKenzie has collected a history and analysis of how societies throughout time have dealt with their most vulnerable members. This is a must read for anyone involved with child welfare or early childhood education.
&mdash The Honorable Gary C. Byrne, PhD, President, Vesta Umbrella, LLC
Eye-opening and insightful, this book does an effective job of destroying the myths of orphanages as Dickensian images of jail-like institutions. It shows them as effective, supportive, and caring with good living conditions to raise mentally and physically healthy children.
&mdash Donald H. Whitney, Founder, President, and CEO, World Children’s Center
Home Away from Home is an invaluable contribution to the discussion of the value and the motivations behind orphanages and residential schools for at-risk children.
&mdash Heidi Goldsmith, Founder and Executive Director, CORE: Coalition for Residential Education