|About the Book|
When Wayne arrives at Cathy’s door aged 7 years old, he has already passed through the hands of four different carers in four weeks. As the details of his short life emerge, it becomes clear that to help him, Cathy will face her biggest challengeMoreWhen Wayne arrives at Cathy’s door aged 7 years old, he has already passed through the hands of four different carers in four weeks. As the details of his short life emerge, it becomes clear that to help him, Cathy will face her biggest challenge yet.Alice, aged four, is snatched by her mother the day she is due to arrive at Cathys house. Drug-dependent and mentally ill, but desperate to keep hold of her daughter, Alices mother snatches her from her parents house and disappears.Cathy spends three anxious days worrying about her whereabouts before Alice is found safe, but traumatised. Alice is like a little doll, so young and vulnerable, and she immediately finds her place in the heart of Cathys family. She talks openly about her mummy, who she dearly loves, and how happy she was living with her maternal grandparents before she was put into care. Alice has clearly been very well looked after and Cathy cant understand why she couldnt stay with her grandparents.It emerges that Alices grandparents are considered too old (they are in their early sixties) and that the plan is that Alice will stay with Cathy for a month before moving to live with her father and his new wife. The grandparents are distraught – Alice has never known her father, and her grandparents claim he is a violent drug dealer.Desperate to help Alice find the happy home she deserves, Cathys parenting skills are tested in many new ways. Finally questions are asked about Alices father suitability, and his true colours begin to emerge.Cathy has been a foster carer for over 20 years, during which time she has looked after more than 50 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.