Ronald Hughes, PhD
Ronald Hughes is the founder and executive director of the North American Resource Center for Child Welfare and the Institute for Human Services. Through these organizations, he has provided consultation and technical assistance around the world. Dr. Hughes has written extensively on topics related to child welfare values and “best practice” standards; bioethics; culture and diversity; and developmental disabilities, including the four-volume Field Guide to Child Welfare, the most widely used textbook in the history of the social work profession. He has considerable knowledge of other community service systems through his experience in the fields of mental health, drug and alcohol treatment, youth services, and residential care for adolescents. He is the immediate past president of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children.