Dear Kathy Harrison,
Your book, Another place at the table has put a big impact on my life. You have shown me life is a challenge and it's not easy to make young kids and teenagers have a better life, as a foster parent. I want to take the profession in child psychology and also be a foster parent, just not full time. Your book has put a big impact on my career choice. It made me think, if you could do it I could. You and I have some similarities in our personality. You care for young children and want the best for them. As do I. I believe I could make a difference in a young Childs life.
You have taught me communication is the key role in helping a young child, you also have to have good listening skills and you must know what is going on in your household at all times. You showed me that you may not always know what to say to the child for advice but, you have to do the best you can even if you don't have all of the answers.
You have shown me how you could do your best in taking care of troubled children and be there for them when they need love and support. I believe that the reason why I want to be a part-time foster parent and child psychologist is because your book has made such a big impact on my life. You show that you actually care about children and how you listen to them about there past life. I implied that you want to make their future better and not have to go through the things they have in there past. I feel the same way you do, and that is why I want to carry out in my future plans. You always made the right choice in making decisions, even though it might have been hard at the time.
You have also taught me to never give up on a child. You're a strong lady, and I look up to you. I want to help the kids I am going to take in, just like you did. You have made me realize, it's not just taking in kids. It's actually caring for them, understanding them, helping them for their brighter future, and lending a hand to help them over see their rough childhood they experienced.
When I read your book I knew I had an interest in child phychilogy and foster care, but your book has made my career choice dominate. Your book made me realize that life may be hard at times but in the end it all works out some one or another. I also realized that you can't give up on a child right away it takes patients and time to help them get better.
I have learned that you can love a child as if it was yours but don't let your hopes get to high because they do have a family and the family may just need time away or to there self to get there thoughts together. I also have some background knowledge on foster care my parents did it for a long time and some of the situations you went through I felt I could feel the same feelings as you did. I lost a sister that I still consider today, because she was Indian and they have a different way of seeing things so they took her away and I haven't seen or heard from her since. When you about lost Karen I felt the pain you went through. Thank you for sharing your life story and helping me to determined what I am going to do with my life in helping kids and giving them a brighter path in life. Your words of wisdom will be with me while I build my life and career.