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Another Place at the Table

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

I began this book as someone who never imagined that I would wan

I began this book as someone who never imagined that I would want to be a foster parent, and finished it with the inspiration to pursue it as soon as possible. Harrison is not a superhero, as I previously imagined foster parents to be; she is an ordinary person who has ...
I began this book as someone who never imagined that I would want to be a foster parent, and finished it with the inspiration to pursue it as soon as possible. Harrison is not a superhero, as I previously imagined foster parents to be; she is an ordinary person who has given an extraordinary piece of herself to those members of our society who need it most. Her story, and that of the children she loves, deserves to be read. This book is about Kathy Harrison's real life as a foster mother and the story about a couple of the children that came into her home. She talks about her true emotions and feelings as she tries to hold these "shattered" children together with, as she puts it, just love and "band aids."   I cried as she wrote about letting Lucy go to an adoptive home. She loved Lucy but not in the same way as the children she adopted. She wanted to keep her but also wanted Lucy to have that unconditional, total love she deserved. The pain of letting Lucy go tore open those feelings and what we went through with two little boys I had for three years. It will bring you to tears and will make you angry. It won't make you laugh and it doesn't have a happy ending. But it will make you think about the foster care system, and maybe it will encourage you to make a difference.     

posted by XXXOOOBookwormOOOXXX on September 29, 2014

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Informative, eye opening, shocking

they are doing something wonderful, loving and with all the best of heart intentions, that few of us would ever dream of doing, no doubt its a calling!!! but while reading this book, I kept feeling the urge to scream enough already! please dont say yes again, I felt my ...
they are doing something wonderful, loving and with all the best of heart intentions, that few of us would ever dream of doing, no doubt its a calling!!! but while reading this book, I kept feeling the urge to scream enough already! please dont say yes again, I felt my heart breaking for the unbonded tylers of the world who have lost their families, placed in a safer place but still are unable to get the special attention and care they need to bond and heal.
after taking care of two toddlers with attatchment issues, I would expect any prospective foster parent to question the history of the child, in order to help them and would never consider this voyeurism.
my heart broke for Dan. His time was running out fast for bonding.
this book is very informative, and I would suggest it for anyone who is or might be involved with foster care in any way, it definately portrays the realities of everyones choices involved in the whole process, good or bad, and is an excellent tool, thoughtprovoking,
I highly recommend reading when Love is not enough for anyone dealing with this type of child.

posted by thebooksharer on August 17, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2003

    Gentle opening of a little soul, leaving memories of happiness

    Kathy Harrison and her husband must be made of the most beautiful and toughest mettle...! The little Danny to whom they opened their home was so well described and their efforts to give him some love and an opportunity to remember good times despite his closed little soul reverberates.

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