Meet the Authors

IMG_1160Stephanie Bosco-Ruggiero has a BA in Political Science from Vassar College and an MA in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware. For the past decade Stephanie has worked on federally funded child welfare and child trauma projects at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Services in West Harrison, NY. Currently she is a Communications and Research Assistant for the National Center for Social Work Trauma Education and Workforce Development at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service. In addition to co-authoring the book, Stephanie has co-authored five peer reviewed journal articles on the topic of workforce development in child welfare. Stephanie has first hand experience with adoption as an adoptive parent. Currently she is pursuing a PhD in Social Work at Fordham and plans to continue her research in the field of child welfare. Stephanie lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband Joe and elementary school age son.

Gloria Russo Wassell, LMHC,  is a national certified counselor and doctoral candidate in Educational and Developmental Psychology at Cornell University. She has worked at various community agencies serving at risk children, taught at the University level, and had a private practice specializing in child and adolescent development. She resides in Dover Plains, NY.

Victor Groza, PhD, LISW-S, is a professor of Social Work at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, with an area of expertise in child welfare and institutional care of children, focusing on family, children and service system issues in domestic, older-child adoption and intercountry adoption. He is the author or co-author of numerous books and articles relating to child welfare and global adoption. Since 1991 he has been involved in various child welfare projects in Romania, India, Ukraine, Guatemala and Ethiopia. He resides in Cleveland, OH.

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