Tonight's special guest is Kathy Jones from Sacramento, California, a returning NAASCA family member. Kathy is a child abuse survivor who was in the foster care system and author of the book, “Foster Cat, Foster Kid: God Says You Don’t Have to Eat Dirt Anymore!" 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. 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. As a teenager Kathy writing a piece 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. Kathy is now the Asst. Dir. of Foster Leaders on the Advisory Committee for the National Schoolhouse of Theatre Arts in New York, an innovative new kind of school for foster youth around the nation.
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