Another Forgotten Child

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Harper Element, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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The social services are looking for a very experienced foster carer to look after Aimee and, when she reads the referral, Cathy understands why: it says that Aimee kicks and bites her mother, that her mother is terrified of her, and that in rage Aimee strangled and killed four of their cat's kittens. Despite her reservations, Cathy agrees to take on Aimee - there is something about her that reminds Cathy of Jodie (the subject of Damaged and most disturbed child Cathy has cared for), and reading the report instantly tugs at her heart strings.

When she arrives, Aimee is angry. And she has every right to be. She has spent the first eight years of her life living with her drug-dependent mother in a flat that the social worker described as 'not fit for human habitation'. There was no heating, no hot water, little food and no furniture. Aimee is so grateful as she snuggles into her bed at Cathy's house on the first night that it brings Cathy to tears.

Aimee's mother is aggressive and she is constantly causing a scene at contact, and makes sweeping allegations against Cathy and her family in front of her daughter as well. It is a trying time for Cathy, and it makes it difficult for Aimee to settle. But as Aimee begins to trust Cathy her behaviour improves and she starts to open up. And the more Cathy learns about Aimee's life before she came into care the more horrified she becomes.

It's clear that Aimee should have been rescued much sooner and Cathy promises to stand by her no matter what, but as Aimee's journey seems to be coming to a happy end Cathy can't help but reflect on all the other 'forgotten children' that are still suffering.

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I'm not sure if I've ready too many books by Cathy Glass or if it's just this one where the writing annoyed me a little. At times, I felt a little as though I was repeatedly being lectured on the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ruth Turner - Goodreads

I'm not sure if I've ready too many books by Cathy Glass or if it's just this one where the writing annoyed me a little. At times, I felt a little as though I was repeatedly being lectured on the ... Read full review

About the author (2012)

Cathy has been a foster carer for over 20 years, during which time she has looked after more than 75 children, of all ages and backgrounds. Cathy runs training courses on fostering for her local Social Services, and helps draft new fostering procedures and guidelines. She has three teenage children of her own; one of whom was adopted after a long-term foster placement. The name Cathy Glass is a pseudonym.

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