An Assistant Professor at UNCC, Dr. Herman-Smith contends that there is no perfect solution to the issue of how to protect and safeguard disadvantaged or disturbed children. He believes that for some children orphanages, if effectively operated and adequately funded, can provide the stability, safety, and security that all children need. In other instances foster care is a viable alternative, again if properly monitored. There is some abuse in all venues. Above all else, he believes that practical solutions, not ideological pronouncements from the right or the left, should characterize the child welfare system.

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