Bars, Dumps and Other Childhood Hangouts
Katherine Burkey Wiens gives voice and insight into the life of an abused and neglected child. In Bars, Dumps, and Other Childhood Hangouts, the reader experiences firsthand what it is like to be such a child. The story explores the first ten years of Kathy’s life with her alcoholic parents who are drowning in poverty and addictions. Her journey continues through a children’s home and the foster care system in Lincoln, Nebraska. When a Mennonite couple from Milford, Nebraska, follows God’s call, an unexpected miracle brings hope and healing to her sad situation.
Those who have experienced childhood trauma find similarities and a kindred spirit in Kathy’s story. Those who have not gain a deeper understanding of childhood poverty, abuse, and neglect. This book helps teachers, foster parents, counselors, and anyone who works with children gain a deeper compassion and empathy for young people experiencing poverty, abuse, or neglect.
About Katherine Burkey Wiens (Wichita, Kansas Author)
Presenter’s Bio: Katherine Burkey Wiens lives in Newton, Kansas. As an early childhood educator for 28 years, Kathy taught both children and adults. In 2013 her childhood memoir, Bars, Dumps, and Other Childhood Hangouts was published. Her workshop topics include; child protection, Circle of Grace curriculum and ways to value and nurture children in the church. Kathy recently completed a graduate degree in Mental Health Counseling at Emporia State University. Her new book, Please Don’t Send Me Back, will be published in 2017. Kathy’s family includes; husband Tim, two young adult daughters, Terra and Ruth and son- in-law Matt Lehman. For more information visit the website: katherinebwiens.com