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The startling and ultimately uplifting narrative of one woman's 13-year experience as a foster parent.  

For more than a decade, Kathy Harrison has sheltered a shifting cast of troubled youngsters - the offspring of prostitutes and addicts; the sons and daughters of abusers; and teenage parents who aren't equipped for parenthood. All this, in addition to raising her three biological sons and two adopted daughters. What would motivate someone to give herself over to constant, largely uncompensated chaos? For Harrison, the answer is easy.

Another Place at the Table is the story of life at our social services' front lines, centered on three children who, when they come together in Harrison's home, nearly destroy it. It is the frank first-person story of a woman whose compassionate best intentions for a child are sometimes all that stand between violence and redemption.

©2003 Kathryn A. Harrison (P)2018 Tantor

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Fostering

Want to be a foster parent? Read this first. If you can’t handle the book, you can’t handle the life. As a foster parent I have lived with and loved many of these children.

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A bit too all over the place for me.

Wasn’t a big fan. It was kind of all over the place with all the different kids she took care of. I have listened to Cathy Glass’s books and she is more detailed and tell the story more one child at a time. I was interested to hear the difference of Massachusetts and London UK in how they care for the children.

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This is real life. Real love.

First off, this book could only be read by the narrator. She is the best teller of love stories when it comes to harsh, but oh so gentle truths.
While I loved each child's story, I did have to sit with the Sarah story. I was confused about how children are removed from homes as victims, for their safety -yet they were forced to continue being victimized in foster care. How very conflicting a message that is. We can only hope our training as foster parents has tightened up.

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The side of the story I always wanted to hear

This story is not for the weak or faint of heart I love how it tells the truth and doesn’t sugar coat any of the uglies of fostering children with all types of backgrounds. I always hear the happy endings when children find their forever families but what leads up to it is always kept a secret and never really talked about. This book tells it all. Although the ending feels a little rushed I wish I could’ve found out the fate of all the children with a little more detail but I guess it wasn’t really about that. Also I found it hard to follow sometimes maybe cause I listened to it but all the names of the kids and their stories they were a little jumbled up together I sometimes had to rewind to figure out who she was talking about. Each kid should’ve been introduced a little better maybe with their own chapters but overall it was a great read and would recommend to anyone.

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Further foster parents

If your becoming a foster parent in the future this book may scare at first but by the end you will feel hopeful again.

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gut wrenchingly beautiful!

a must read for all potential foster parents and people who are interested in how the system works.

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ENTHRALLING From Beginning to End

I absolutely LOVED this book!!! It hooks you in from the beginning and takes you along for the bumpy ride of foster care/adoption life. My favorite part is when she selflessly chooses NOT to adopt Lucy as it is not what's the ultimate best for the two! WOW! WOW! WOW!

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A Must Read for those in Child Welfare

This is an informative book full of personal accounts that can help us all to better understand the child welfare system. As a CASA (GAL) I found the book to be helpful in understanding what foster children experience as well as how foster parents experience the system.

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If you’re thinking of fostering, this is a must read

I couldn’t stop listening! It was so insightful, raw, and helpful.
Beautifully written and read

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I love this it's not one story it's a life

I love this I love how she did it focus on one child focused on all of them and all of their importance