A discussion of how children are affected -- and what can be done about it -- when for one reason or another they are separated from their families at a young age. In dealing with what happens when a child enters a hospital, for a short or long stay, Rowlands, a British psychologist, indicates some helpful practices (live-in facilities for the mother) and he outlines what preparations should be made, as well as what to expect in the aftermath. In a crucial case of a family break-up, he suggests that the child's routine -- at home, school, with friends, etc. -- remain as unchanged as possible. Rowlands analyzes the difference between adoption and foster care; how to work with handicapped and mentally disturbed children; the pros and cons of boarding schools. A succinct, low-keyed and perceptive book (Rowlands is himself the father of an autistic child) -- but the drawback is that the agencies referred to are all British.