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					You are a great parent
How long I known you
I am your uncle
Adopting Guifenise Timo
Goddauther
You are currently in chools
You are also working
How old is your son 5 years old.
How long have you known the kids parent
Her mother used to live with my parents

How long I’ve knows you and what type of person or parent she is. Why is she fit to
adopting .


I am privileged to write in support of my dear friend and student, Dan Peel. Dan studied in my
It is my great pleasure to write this letter on behalf of my niece Sherly Charelus. I’ve
known Sherly pretty much all of here life. I watched her grow up from a child to a
responsible young adult and mother that she is today. It is my understanding that she is
applying to adopt her Goddaughter Guifenise Timo. Watching how she has raised her
own child as a mother, I have no doubt that she would be the greatest parents to Timo.
Infact she has been taking care of Timo financially for a longtime now. Constantly
sending money to Haiti to take care of her.

Mrs Cherly is responsible in all sense of the word. Both as mother, student and worker.
As a mother she has taken the sole responsibily of raising her young son.

In addition to raising a family and being a good wife, daughter and sister, Barbara
has always found time to get involved in life around her. Unlike many people these
days, whenever she adopts a cause or pursues a new interest she is guaranteed to
be highly committed.




To Whom It May Concern,

I felt quite honored when my sister Barbara Jacobs asked me to write a reference
letter for her.

Barbara is only six years older than me, but in terms of the influence she’s had on
my life she might as well have been my mother. She was an honors student in high
school and studied Spanish for five years. As a thirteen year old, I often went with
her to a special program run by our church that helped Hispanic immigrants learn to
speak English. I watched Barbara take a deep interest in the lives of many of the
people there. Sometimes she would bring me home, only to go back and spend
additional hours helping old and young alike with their personal problems. By
example, Barbara taught me not only the value of helping others, but the importance
of loyalty and commitment.
Barbara is also a problem solver. Much thought goes into the things Barbara does,
and she has an unusual ability to notice what others overlook.

I remember one Christmas her women’s club took gifts of food to families in need.
Noticing that a number of the families had been referred by the free clinic, she
checked for cases of diabetes. She found that several families had diabetics in them.
So she carefully replaced all high sugar foods with fresh fruits and vegetables- items
she purchased herself.

I could continue with descriptions of Barbara’s many other good qualities- her work
ethic, her energy, and her creativeness to name three. Instead I would simply like to
say how much I think of Barbara and how strongly I recommend her for any task
that requires problem solving and a high level of commitment.

Sincerely,

Doris Martin




Sincere, thoughtful character reference letters can be essential to the success of a
variety of non-employment related pursuits.

      Adoption                                 Foster care
      Appointment                              Memberships
      Awards                                   Nominations
      Child custody                            Parole hearing
      Court hearing                            Scholarship

As far as how they are written, these types of references should be crafted in the
same manner as job related letters. They should be personal, straightforward,
relatively informal, and positive. The only difference should be in their closing
section when the recommended course of action is stated (see Writing Tips below).

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Writing Tips
These tips will help you understand how to write a character reference letter.
However, keep in mind the strongest character letters are always personal and
heartfelt. So the more you can write yours in your own words the better it will be.

Organize your letter
As a rule, character references have three sections.
Opening. Usually a paragraph of only a sentence or two, the opening explains who
you are and how you know the subject (person you're referring).

Body. The body is the majority of the letter. It can be several paragraphs. Here
you make the case for your friend or relative-- describing your experiences with him
or her and giving examples of the subject's good qualities.

Closing. The last paragraph reinforces your belief in your friend or relative and
contains your actual recommendation.

Employment related character references are usually best when the recommendation
is as open-ended as possible. For example, your friend John has asked you to write
a letter because he hopes it will help him land a sales position at the local hardware
store. John is polite and out-going, and you feel he'd be great in sales. When
closing your letter which is the better way to make your recommendation?

         "I enthusiastically recommend John for a position selling hardware"

                                          OR

"I enthusiastically recommend John for any position where patience, courtesy and a
                          winning manner are important"

The second way would be preferable:

      John could reuse the letter for other job opportunities in the future, jobs that
       might not involve hardware or even sales.
      John's qualities drive the recommendation (as opposed to his desire for a job
       driving it). This makes the recommendation seem more sincere and therefore
       makes it more powerful.

Non-employment related letters are usually written in response to special, one-time
occurrences (scholarship competition, child custody award, etc.) and the
recommendation must reflect this. That is, by necessity whatever you recommend
must be very specific to be effective.

Build your letter around specific traits
Identify your subject's positive attributes. Then think of the traits that are important
to the position, award, etc. he or she is seeking. Construct your letter around 1 to 3
of the attributes that overlap.

For example, suppose the person you're writing about is friendly, witty, honest,
intelligent, hardworking, and reliable. Suppose also he or she is seeking a security
guard's job. A security guard should be, among other things, reliable and honest.
So it's best to build your letter around these qualities.

Here are some positive attributes often found in character reference letters:

      Ambitious, wants to learn and grow
      Charming, has sense of humor, lighthearted
      Committed, loyal, devoted
      Considerate, caring, empathetic
      Courteous, polite
      Creative, is a problem-solver
      Detail-oriented, punctual, quality-minded
      Determined, persevering, goal-oriented
      Efficient, economy-minded
      Fair-minded, honest, trustworthy
      Follows instructions, aims to please
      Generous, giving, helpful
      Good leader, responsible, mature for age
      Good listener, good communicator
      Hardworking, diligent, industrious
      Intelligent, is a quick study, naturally curious
      Organized, methodic, orderly
      Patient, level-headed
      People oriented, easygoing, team player
      Works independently, is a self-starter

Sell your friend by telling a short story
The character reference writer (friend, neighbor or relative) is at a disadvantage to
the employment reference writer (supervisor) in several respects. He or she is not
reporting on verifiable work history and is not carrying the authority of company
letterhead. Most importantly, character letter writers are commonly assumed to
"pump up" those they recommend.

To offset these disadvantages, your character reference letter should provide
evidence that your high opinion of the subject is valid. This is best done by
recounting specific events concerning the person you are referring. In essence, your
letter should tell one or more short, believable stories that you know personally
about the subject.

      The body should be a narrative that recounts 1 to 3 specific incidents
       regarding your friend or neighbor.
      The incidents should demonstrate his or her positive attributes. They should
       be examples of how he or she behaves.

If you can't say something nice

If you've been asked to write a letter by someone you're uncomfortable
recommending, it's best to come up with an excuse for not doing so. If something
must be written, construct a short letter basically containing only the introduction
and closing sections. In other words, do not include examples of why the subject is
worthy of the reference.

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Sample Letters for Character References
For sister- Problem solver, committed
To Whom It May Concern,

I felt quite honored when my sister Barbara Jacobs asked me to write a reference
letter for her.

In addition to raising a family and being a good wife, daughter and sister, Barbara
has always found time to get involved in life around her. Unlike many people these
days, whenever she adopts a cause or pursues a new interest she is guaranteed to
be highly committed.

Barbara is only six years older than me, but in terms of the influence she’s had on
my life she might as well have been my mother. She was an honors student in high
school and studied Spanish for five years. As a thirteen year old, I often went with
her to a special program run by our church that helped Hispanic immigrants learn to
speak English. I watched Barbara take a deep interest in the lives of many of the
people there. Sometimes she would bring me home, only to go back and spend
additional hours helping old and young alike with their personal problems. By
example, Barbara taught me not only the value of helping others, but the importance
of loyalty and commitment.

Barbara is also a problem solver. Much thought goes into the things Barbara does,
and she has an unusual ability to notice what others overlook.

I remember one Christmas her women’s club took gifts of food to families in need.
Noticing that a number of the families had been referred by the free clinic, she
checked for cases of diabetes. She found that several families had diabetics in them.
So she carefully replaced all high sugar foods with fresh fruits and vegetables- items
she purchased herself.

I could continue with descriptions of Barbara’s many other good qualities- her work
ethic, her energy, and her creativeness to name three. Instead I would simply like to
say how much I think of Barbara and how strongly I recommend her for any task
that requires problem solving and a high level of commitment.

Sincerely,

Doris Martin




For babysitter- Diligent, caring
To Whom It May Concern,
Our babysitter, Sarah Anderson, is a delightful young woman who has cared for our
two children over the last several years.

Sarah is not your usual sitter. Our children do not endlessly sit for hours in front of
the television while in her care. She goes to extra effort to bring books from the
public library that both of our children would enjoy. Sometimes instead of reading to
them herself, she will help our son Tom read a story to his young sister. Other times
she will bring board or card games to play with our son after his sister goes to bed.

Sarah has even managed to convince Tom that carrot and celery sticks along with an
assortment of fresh fruits are really “fun foods”.

In addition, Miss Anderson shares her love of music with our children. Her musical
interests run from classical to contemporary. Sometimes they all sit quietly and
listen to music. On other occasions you can find them dancing or exercising to their
favorite songs. Even though Tom is only six years old he enjoys singing. As a result
of this, Sarah teaches him little tunes that he proudly performs for us.

Often my husband and I return to find drawings, paintings or small craft projects
that the kids have made with Sarah’s patient assistance.

We have found her unselfish and diligent care of our children a true blessing and
confidently recommend her to you as a sitter.

Sincerely,

Gary and Darla Benson




For friend/neighbor- Enthusiastic, hardworking
To Whom It May Concern,

I am very pleased to write a character reference for James Norris.

James and my son are good friends and go to the same high school. I have known
James for seven years. During that time I have always been amazed at his level of
enthusiasm. Two years ago he participated with my son in planning and financing a
school club trip to New York City. He not only raised enough money for his expenses
but also helped finance my son’s, along with four other club members.

Another example of James’ enthusiasm occurred last summer. James cuts the grass
and trims the hedges each week for the Johnson family. When they went on a two
week vacation they asked James to cut the grass twice while they were gone. Even
though they wouldn’t have known if he’d only cut it once, he cut it twice. But not
only that, when he found out they’d be gone an extra three days he cut it a third
time-- right before they came back so it would look nice for them.
James also washes and waxes cars for people. While eating out recently I overheard
two neighbors comparing their cars and how good they looked. Neither knew at first
that James did both of their cars, and each bragged about a “super kid” that stopped
at nothing short of the perfect shine.

I would certainly recommend James for any task where enthusiasm, hard work and
trustworthiness are valued.

Sincerely,

Ray Ludwig




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