Finding Stevie: A dark secret. A child in crisis. #ad - However, nothing could have prepared her for the truth when Stevie finally breaks down and confesses what he’s done. Finding stevie is a dark and poignant true story that highlights the dangers lurking online. When stevie’s social worker tells cathy, 14, that Stevie, an experienced foster carer, is gender fluid she isn’t sure what that term means and looks it up.
Stevie, together with his younger brother and sister, have been brought up by their grandparents as their mother is in prison.
Innocent: The True Story of Siblings Struggling to SurviveHarperElement #ad - Could it be they were a result of a genuine accident as Aneta is claiming? Both children become sick with a mysterious illness while, Cathy, experienced foster carer, is looking after them. Innocent is the shocking true story of little Molly and Kit, aged 3 years and 18 months, siblings, who are brought into care as an emergency after suffering non-accidental injuries.
Aneta and filip, the children’s parents, are distraught when their children are taken into care. They’ve already had a lot. When cathy’s daughter, lucy, becomes ill too she believes she has found the cause of Kit and Molly’s illness and the parents aren’t to blame. However, nothing could be further from the truth and what comes to light is far more sinister and shocking.
Innocent: The True Story of Siblings Struggling to Survive #ad - Aneta maintains she is innocent of harming them, while Filip appears bewildered and out of his depth. Very worried, she asks for more hospital tests to be done. It’s true the family has never come to the attention of the social services before and little Kit and Molly appear to have been well looked after, but Kit has a broken arm and bruises on his face.
Where Has Mommy Gone?: When there is nothing left but memories...HarperElement #ad - Yet there is a lost and vulnerable look about Amanda, and Cathy starts to see why Melody worries about her and feels she needs looking after. When amanda misses contact, it is assumed she has forgotten, but nothing could have been further from the truth…. The true story of melody, aged 8, the last of five siblings to be taken from her drug dependent single mother and brought into care.
When cathy is told about Melody’s terrible childhood, she is sure she’s heard it all before. Although melody is angry at having to leave her mother, as many children coming into care are, she also worries about her obsessively – far more than is usual. Amanda, is also angry and takes it out on Cathy at contact, Melody’s mother, which again is something Cathy has experienced before.
Where Has Mommy Gone?: When there is nothing left but memories... #ad - But it isn’t long before she feels there is more going on than she or the social services are aware of.
Cruel to Be Kind: Saying no can save a child's lifeHarperElement #ad - He is fostered by cathy while his mother is in hospital with complications from type 2 diabetes. But his social worker isn’t the only one in denial; his whole family are too. Fostering max gets off to a bad start when his mother, Caz, complains and threatens Cathy even before Max has moved in. Cathy and her family are shocked when they first meet Max.
Cruel to Be Kind: Saying no can save a child's life #ad - Cruel to be kind is the true story of Max, aged 6. He is fostered by cathy while his mother is in hospital with complications from type 2 diabetes. Cruel to be kind is the true story of Max, aged 6.
A Long Way from HomeHarperElement #ad - Flies circled around the broken ceiling fans and buzzed against the grids covering the windows. Dressed only in nappies and ragged T-shirts the children were incarcerated in their cots. So why was she now in foster care and living with me? It didn’t make sense. Until i learned what had happened. The silence was deafening and unnatural.
Some were obviously disabled, others not, but all were badly undernourished. She couldn’t have been more wanted, loved and cherished. Their large eyes stared out blankly from emaciated faces. The true story of 2 year-old Anna, abandoned by her natural parents, left alone in a neglected orphanage. Elaine and ian had travelled half way round the world to adopt little Anna.
A Long Way from Home #ad - The only toys were a few balls and a handful of building bricks, but no child played with them. Not one of the thirty or so infants cried, let alone spoke.
The Child BrideHarperElement #ad - But of what?placed in the home of experienced foster carer Cathy and her family, Zeena gradually settles into her new life, but misses her little brothers and sisters terribly. Zeena is too frightened to press charges against them despite being offered police protection in a safe house. Eventually, cathy discovers the devastating truth from Zeena, and with devastation she believes there is little she can do to help her.
The Child Bride #ad - Prevented from having any contact with them by her family who insist she has brought shame and dishonour on the whole community, Zeena tries to see them at school. But when her father and uncle find out, they bundle her into a car and threaten to set fire to her if she makes anymore trouble. Cathy glass, tells the shocking story of Zeena, international bestselling author, a young Asian girl desperate to escape from her family.
When 14 -year-old zeena begs to be taken into care with a non-Asian family, she is clearly petrified.
Nobody's Son: All Alex ever wanted was a family of his ownHarperElement #ad - What happens next is both shocking and upsetting, and calls into question the whole adoption process. But the present carers are expecting a baby and the foster mother isn’t coping, so Alex goes to live with Cathy. He settles easily and is very much looking forward to having a forever family of his own.
The introductions and move to his adoptive family go well. Born in a prison and removed from his drug-dependent mother, rejection is all that 7-year-old Alex knows. When cathy is asked to foster little alex, aged 7, her immediate reaction is: Why can’t he stay with his present carers for the last month? He’s already had many moves since coming into care as a toddler and he’ll only be with her a short while before he goes to live with his permanent adoptive family.
Nobody's Son: All Alex ever wanted was a family of his own #ad - But alex is only with them for a week when problems begin.
Hidden: Betrayed, Exploited and Forgotten. How One Boy Overcame the Odds.HarperElement #ad - Tayo has no past. Tayo is an 'invisible' child, kidnapped from his loving father in Nigeria and brought illegally to the UK by his drink and drugs dependent prostitute mother, where he is put to work in a sweat shop in Central London. The social worker gives cathy the forms which should contain Tayo’s history, but apart from his name and age, it is blank.
He and his mother have been evading the authorities by living ‘underground’. With his mother recently released from prison, Tayo is desperate to live with his father in Nigeria, but no one can track him down or even prove that he exists. From the sunday times and new york times bestselling author of ‘Damaged’ comes the poignant and shocking memoir of Cathy’s recent relationship with Tayo, a young boy she fosters whose good behaviour and polite manners hide a terrible past.
Hidden: Betrayed, Exploited and Forgotten. How One Boy Overcame the Odds. #ad - Tayo arrives at Cathy’s with only the clothes he stands up in. When he sustains an injury and is no longer earning, he is cast out. When cathy takes tayo to school he points out a dozen different addresses where he has stayed in the last six months, often being left alone. Tayo lies, and manipulates situations to his own advantage and Cathy has to be continually on guard.
He has been brought to her by the police, and very well spoken, but he is calm, polite, and not at all like the children she normally fosters. Tayo’s social worker searches all computer databases but there is no record of Tayo – he has only attended school for 3 terms and has never seen a doctor.
A Dark SecretHarperElement #ad - Just when casey thinks her foster care duties are done, she’s asked to look after Sam, a troubled nine-year-old with a violent streak who drove his previous guardians to release him of their care. Thankfully, Mrs Gallagher is only too happy to help. It soon unfolds, however, that this is no simple case.
Determined to get to the root of sam’s behaviour, miller, casey is committed to uncover his mysterious past only to find out something far darker than she ever imagined…Having recently said goodbye to their last foster child, the Watson family are taking a bit of a break. As casey tries to get to the bottom of it, she discovers there are no files on Sam; only the testament of his previous neighbour.
And to talk. Social services are desperately trying to find a settled home for nine-year-old Sam, who has Autism and some serious behavioural problems. Removed from his mother less than a week ago, Sam has been staying with respite carers. But it’s while casey is having fun catching up with her friends that she receives a call from her new link worker.
A Dark Secret #ad - But it soon transpires that there is a great deal more to Sam’s secret history…. It’s not an isolated situation, either. Apparently sam’s own siblings begged not to be placed with their older brother – they were both adamant that they were too afraid of him. The watsons agree to accommodate sam, who, despite his tiny stature, turns out to be quite the whirlwind – destroying anything and everything in his path.
Girl Alone: Joss came home from school to discover her father's suicide. Angry and hurting, she's out of control.HarperElement #ad - At the age of nine, Joss finds her father’s dead body. He has committed suicide. Aged nine joss came home from school to discover her father's suicide. Then her mother remarries and Joss bitterly resents her step-father who abuses her mentally and physically. Cathy takes joss under her wing but will she ever be able to get through to the warm-hearted girl she sees glimpses of underneath the vehement outbreaks of anger that dominate the house, and will Cathy be able to build up Joss’s trust so she can learn the full truth of the terrible situation?
Girl Alone: Joss came home from school to discover her father's suicide. Angry and hurting, she's out of control. #ad - She's never gotten over it. This is the true story of Joss, 13 who is angry and out of control.
The Silent Cry: There is little Kim can do as her mother's mental health spirals out of controlHarperElement #ad - The heartbreaking true story of a young, troubled mother who needed help. The sixteenth fostering memoir by Cathy Glass. It is the first time laura has been out since the birth of her baby when Cathy sees her in the school playground. A joyful occasion but Cathy has the feeling something is wrong. It is also the true stories of little Darrel, Samson and Hayley who she fosters when their parents need help.
The Silent Cry: There is little Kim can do as her mother's mental health spirals out of control #ad - By the time she discovers what it is, it is too late. Some stories can have a happy ending and others cannot, but as a foster carer Cathy can only do her best. This is the true story of Laura whose life touches Cathy’s in a way she could never have foreseen.