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Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 1121

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Tonight's special guest is Kathy Jones from Sacramento, California a child abuse survivor who was in the foster care system who's author of the book, “Foster Cat, Foster Kid, God Says You Don't Have to Eat Dirt Anymore!" Her dedication to God, love for those that have been impacted by foster care and her passion for animals shines through in her writings and her daily life. Some examples of her altruism include writing a piece as a teenager in 1972, "For God So Loved the World,” which after being published in 1994 has been played “royaltyfree” all over the world, to spread God’s Word. She's mentoring current and former foster youth, researching resources that provide support to the foster youth community and actively participates in petitions supporting important social causes. Kathy's a legislative advocate for animals and wildlife. She's also a member of Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church in Fair Oaks, California. As Kathy began writing “Foster Cat, Foster Kid” her original intention was to feature a special cat, named “Good Boy.” However, as she wrote more, she felt a close connection between her neglectful childhood and the plight of “Good Boy,” who had been left in an abandoned lumber yard. Both she and the cat had been neglected by those that were supposed to nurture them, yet they had a strength that could overcome obstacles that most could not. The book is a heartwarming expression of God’s mercy, the therapeutic love of animals, and the strength that exists in young adults that have had to overcome numerous obstacles that were placed in front of them by foster care.

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