Another Forgotten Child

Another Forgotten Child

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by Cathy Glass
     
 

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A new memoir from Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author Cathy Glass, now with an exclusive preview of Cathy’s inspiring new title, Please Don’t Take My Baby, coming out on April 25th.Eight-year-old Aimee was on the child protection register at birth. Her five older siblings were taken into care many years ago. So no one can understand why she…  See more details below

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A new memoir from Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author Cathy Glass, now with an exclusive preview of Cathy’s inspiring new title, Please Don’t Take My Baby, coming out on April 25th.Eight-year-old Aimee was on the child protection register at birth. Her five older siblings were taken into care many years ago. So no one can understand why she was left at home to suffer for so long. It seems Aimee was forgotten.The social services are looking for a very experienced foster carer to look after Aimee and, when she reads the referral, Cathy understands why. Despite her reservations, Cathy agrees to Aimee on – there is something about her that reminds Cathy of Jodie (the subject of ‘Damaged’ and the 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’. 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 aggressive mother is constantly causing trouble 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, 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 as her 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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Editorial Reviews

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REVIEWS FOR DAMAGED:'Cannot fail to move those who read it.'Adoption-net‘Heartbreaking.'Mirror‘A truly harrowing read that made me cry.’Sun'A true tale of hope. ****.'OK!‘Foster carers rarely get the praise they deserve, but Cathy Glass’s book should change all that.****’First magazine‘A hugely touching and emotional true tale.’Star magazine
Kirkus Reviews
Diaristic account of providing foster care to a woefully abused child. Glass, a prolific author of books on her experiences as a foster parent (A Baby's Cry, 2012, etc.), was initially reluctant to provide a foster home for a girl as severely abused as Aimee, who was "on the child protection register at birth." Although the author had experience with traumatized children who acted out toward the social workers and foster parents who stepped in, even she was shocked by Aimee's physical condition and behavior: ill-clothed, lice-ridden, addicted to sweets, rude and possessed of a sexual knowledge indicative of abuse. As Aimee began to adjust to the foster-care experience, Glass found the process more difficult due to the disturbances caused by Aimee's mother, Susan, a wretched drug addict who had clearly left Aimee vulnerable to unsavory men. Susan threatened Aimee and made up dramatic stories for the various social workers attempting to manage the case, though she also eventually gave a partial admission of her faults: "You know how to look after kids. I never did. I'm not a bad person, I just can't look after kids properly." Although Aimee's story has a happy ending, Glass ends with a reminder that Aimee is "one of millions of children worldwide who are not rescued when their parents fail." The author writes in a straightforward and journalistic rather than melodramatic fashion, which makes the grisly back story of the misdeeds committed against Aimee easier to bear. However, she chooses not to employ editorial compression, so readers witness what seems to be the complete daily progress of Glass' relationship with Aimee and her many drama-filled encounters with Susan. It is a monotonous approach to disturbing material. A straightforward, full documentation of the challenges encountered in providing care to society's most neglected children.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780007486786
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/13/2012
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HarperCollins Publishers
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
11,203
File size:
2 MB

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From the Publisher
REVIEWS FOR DAMAGED:'Cannot fail to move those who read it.'Adoption-net‘Heartbreaking.'Mirror‘A truly harrowing read that made me cry.’Sun'A true tale of hope. ****.'OK!‘Foster carers rarely get the praise they deserve, but Cathy Glass’s book should change all that.****’First magazine‘A hugely touching and emotional true tale.’Star magazine

Meet the Author

Cathy has been a foster carer for over 25 years, during which time she has looked after more than 100 children, of all ages and backgrounds. 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.

Cathy has written 16 books, including bestselling memoirs Cut, Hidden and Mummy Told Me Not To Tell.

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Another Forgotten Child 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great book from cathy glass. Didnt put it down. Now the chores have really piled up. Husband is gonna hide my nook til this place shines. Thanks for another break cathy. Keep writing and il keep reading
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings My first book written by Cathy Glass and most certainly not my last.  I loved her inside look to a foster care system that still has some work to do, but despite its faults is in general doing good work taking care of children when a family may not have the full capacity.  I fell in love with Aimee and loved the honesty that Cathy provided in sharing her story with the ups and the many downs.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I read by Cathy Glass. I couldn't put it down, I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is very sad, but it was an excellent read and an eye opener as to the fact many children get lost and forgotten in the system.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Very sad story but so very true. There are too many uncared for and abused children with families that can't take care of them or themselves. Its sad that this is reailty and I wish more children could have a better ending.
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Another amazing book Cathy has written. I could not put her book's down, have read them all!
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Is this nonfiction
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is just another great book by Cathy Glass. It will touch your heart-strings and you won't want to put it down. I didn't.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put my nook down... I have all Cathy's books on it and love each and every one of them. I fell in love with Aimee and I wish her the best.
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MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Such an eye opening read, and it reads very fast, and yet I felt I was standing next to Cathy the whole time. Being there from the first when Aimee arrives. Cathy has such a kind and firm way about her, and I can see that God has given her such a gift and put her where she needs to be. Be sure to have a box of tissues handy, some unbelievable things come out...yet they aren't unbelievable, as evil does walk this earth. This story takes place in England, but it sounds like here in the States, a child getting lost in the system. Happens way to often, no Child left behind...not true! I personally know of one, and the State she lives in wants the child to take care of the unfit Mother...no advocate for the Child. Thank you Cathy for sharing your gifts, and then sharing them with us. May you be blessed! I received this book through The Library Thing Early Reviewers Program, and was not required to give a positive review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For any reader that enjoys memoirs or any non fiction books, Cathy Glass will not dissapoint. "Damaged" is an easy read that grabs you from the very first page and takes you through an emotional journey tugging at your heart strings throughout. Read this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This as good as u say it is?
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Good
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Yay
KyKim More than 1 year ago
Another Forgotten Child by Cathy Glass is both heartbreaking and heartwarming.  Although this story takes place in the UK and I live the US, we often hear of stories such as this. It breaks my heart that children anywhere in the world should suffer abuse or neglect such as Aimee did in this story.  As Cathy told Aimee's story I had tears in my eyes, this made me wish that I could reach out and give this child and so many others like her a big hug!   I admire the good foster carer/parent's that truly care and help the children that need to learn what love and to be cared for are.  I will be reading more of Cathy's books now that I have found them.  I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, rather it be good or bad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read hard to put down