Another Place at the Table

Narrated by: Pam Ward
Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (132 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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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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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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Great Understanding

Beautifully told stories of the journeys of foster parenting. The love, calling, commitment, struggles, joys, frustrations, and the heart needed to foster is told in a heart touching way.

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a great read for all foster parents.

this book hits ya in the feels! The audio book is a great alternative.

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Truth.

A place at the table is painfully truthful. She does a great job of saying things that we foster parents are either too embarrassed to say out loud. She also was able to put into words things what foster parents feel but don’t have the time or energy to actually find words for! GREAT BOOK! After finishing I stayed up WAAAAY too late in the quiet, wee hours trying to figure out how I can help the system, fellow foster parents and my own foster child more.

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Real and Honest

This is a great telling of one women’s journey in foster care and the many kids she has helped and adopted. Honest. Real. Heartbreaking. Eye opening.

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Loved the insight into the world of foster care. She has deeped my desire to get involved. Wonderfully narrated!

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Excellent!!!

As a foster parent, Kathy Harrison has cared for over 100 children. She chooses to highlight her experiences with a few of these children. She details not only what it's like to be a foster parent, but also what these children had to endure before they became under the guardianship of social services and the aftermath of their abuse detailed in their numerous behaviors. As a foster parent myself, this was a great read, and I find myself always eager to hear how other foster parents handle certain behaviors. However, I do think for those not familiar with the ins and outs of the system will find themselves shocked and sickened by it and the abuse these children have endured whether by physical, mental, sexual abuse or pure neglect. If you are curious about any part of the foster care process I encourage you to read this book and then I encourage you to hug and thank a foster parent for their service to children in need.