Rosa Hood Herring has over 40 years experience in the Child Protection field, as a social worker and mental health therapist. She retired from Children's National Medical Center's Child and Adolescent Protection Center, in Washington, D.C. after 13 years of service. She is currently in private practice as a contract therapist and consultant, specializing in interpersonal relationships, child abuse and parenting issues.
Dr. Herring earned her doctorate at Howard University's School of Social Work in Washington, DC. Her dissertation thesis: Decision Making With Child Abuse Victims and Their Families In A Pediatric Setting has provided an opportunity for extensive research in the area of loss and separation and its impact on individual and family functioning.
Dr Herring's personal experience with loss and separation, includes the death of her mother when she was 4 years old and of her husband, when they were both 39 years old. Her purpose in writing this book is to encourage others who may be stuck in patterns of dysfunction related to childhood issues.