When cathy is told about Melody’s terrible childhood, she is sure she’s heard it all before. Amanda, is also angry and takes it out on Cathy at contact, Melody’s mother, which again is something Cathy has experienced before. But it isn’t long before she feels there is more going on than she or the social services are aware of.
Where Has Mommy Gone?: When there is nothing left but memories... #ad - 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.
Finding Stevie: A dark secret. A child in crisis.HarperElement #ad - When his younger siblings tell their grandmother that they have a secret they can’t tell, Cathy is worried. Finding stevie is a dark and poignant true story that highlights the dangers lurking online. When stevie’s social worker tells cathy, that Stevie, 14, 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. However, nothing could have prepared her for the truth when Stevie finally breaks down and confesses what he’s done. Cathy warns him about the dangers of talking to strangers online and advises him how to stay safe.
Finding Stevie: A dark secret. A child in crisis. #ad - But the grandparents can no longer cope with Stevie’s behaviour so they place him in care. Stevie is exploring his gender identity, and like many young people he spends time online.
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. Cruel to be kind is the true story of Max, aged 6. But his social worker isn’t the only one in denial; his whole family are too. He is fostered by cathy while his mother is in hospital with complications from type 2 diabetes.
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. 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.
Saving DannyHarperElement #ad - This is where Cathy comes in. The fifteenth fostering memoir by Cathy Glass. Danny was petrified and clung to me in desperation as I carried him to my car. Trapped in his own dark world, he couldn't understand why his parents no longer loved or wanted him, and were sending him away. While danny’s parents have everything they could wish for in material terms, they are unable to care for their only child.
. On a cold dark evening danny finds a place in her home where he can be himself; away from his parents’ impatience and frustration. She realises that patience is the key to looking after Danny as well as her well-tried strategies for managing children’s behaviour. With his father refusing to cooperate, it becomes increasingly likely that Danny will be living with Cathy permanently until she gets an opportunity to speak her piece.
Saving Danny #ad - Often in his own little world, six-year-old Danny finds it difficult to communicate, finding solace in his best friend and confidant George – his rabbit. Cathy quickly becomes aware of his obsessively meticulous behaviour in addition to his love of patterns, he sees them everywhere and creates them at any opportunity – in his play and also with his food.
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. By the time she discovers what it is, it is too late.
This is the true story of Laura whose life touches Cathy’s in a way she could never have foreseen. Some stories can have a happy ending and others cannot, but as a foster carer Cathy can only do her best. It is also the true stories of little Darrel, Samson and Hayley who she fosters when their parents need help.
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. 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.
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. But alex is only with them for a week when problems begin. The introductions and move to his adoptive family go well.
Girl Alone: Joss came home from school to discover her father's suicide. Angry and hurting, she's out of control.HarperElement #ad - 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 - At the age of nine, Joss finds her father’s dead body. He has committed suicide. She's never gotten over it. This is the true story of Joss, 13 who is angry and out of control. Aged nine joss came home from school to discover her father's suicide.
Will You Love Me?: The story of my adopted daughter LucyHarperElement #ad - This eleventh memoir and latest title from the internationally bestselling author and foster carer Cathy Glass can either be read as a full eBook or in 3 serialised eBook-only parts. Will you love me tells the true story of Cathy’s adopted daughter Lucy. Lucy was born to a single mother who had been abused and neglected for most of her own childhood.
Withdrawn, refusing to eat and three years behind in her schooling, it is thought that the damage Lucy has suffered is irreversible. But cathy and her two children bond with Lucy quickly, and break through to Lucy in a way no-one else has been able to, finally showing her the loving home she never believed existed.
Will You Love Me?: The story of my adopted daughter Lucy #ad - Right from the beginning lucy’s mother couldn’t cope, but it wasn’t until Lucy reached eight years old that she was finally taken into permanent foster care. By the time lucy is brought to live with Cathy she is eleven years old and severely distressed after being moved from one foster home to another.
Cathy and lucy believe they were always destined to be mother and daughter – it just took them a little while to find each other.
The Child BrideHarperElement #ad - Cathy glass, international bestselling author, tells the shocking story of Zeena, 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. Zeena is too frightened to press charges against them despite being offered police protection in a safe house.
The Child Bride #ad - Eventually, cathy discovers the devastating truth from Zeena, and with devastation she believes there is little she can do to help her. 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.
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. 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.
A Long Way from HomeHarperElement #ad - Their large eyes stared out blankly from emaciated faces. The silence was deafening and unnatural. Not one of the thirty or so infants cried, let alone spoke. 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.
A Long Way from Home #ad - She couldn’t have been more wanted, loved and cherished. The only toys were a few balls and a handful of building bricks, but no child played with them. So why was she now in foster care and living with me? It didn’t make sense. Until i learned what had happened. Some were obviously disabled, others not, but all were badly undernourished.
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.
Hidden: Betrayed, Exploited and Forgotten. How One Boy Overcame the Odds.HarperElement #ad - 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. Tayo arrives at Cathy’s with only the clothes he stands up in.
Tayo lies, and manipulates situations to his own advantage and Cathy has to be continually on guard. 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. 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. When he sustains an injury and is no longer earning, he is cast out.
Hidden: Betrayed, Exploited and Forgotten. How One Boy Overcame the Odds. #ad - 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. He has been brought to her by the police, but he is calm, and very well spoken, polite, and not at all like the children she normally fosters. He and his mother have been evading the authorities by living ‘underground’.