Little Prisoners: A tragic story of siblings trapped in a world of abuse and suffering

Little Prisoners: A tragic story of siblings trapped in a world of abuse and suffering

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by Casey Watson
     
 

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From the Sunday Times bestselling author comes a harrowing and moving memoir about two innocent and frightened ‘unfosterable’ children who do not know what it means to be loved.This is the third book in the series.The shock that strikes Casey and her family when Ashton and Olivia arrive is immeasurable. Two dirty, frightened little waifs stand before them,…  See more details below

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From the Sunday Times bestselling author comes a harrowing and moving memoir about two innocent and frightened ‘unfosterable’ children who do not know what it means to be loved.This is the third book in the series.The shock that strikes Casey and her family when Ashton and Olivia arrive is immeasurable. Two dirty, frightened little waifs stand before them, huge eyes staring around their new surroundings. Ashton – 9, Olivia – 6, have the same urchin look; hair running wild with head lice, filthy nails and skin covered in scabs. And the smell is horrific. The eldest two children of a group of five siblings, Casey had only been told they were coming two days earlier. But it was an emergency, temporary placement, and they were only due to stay a couple of weeks…Casey is desperate to help these poor, lost children, who have been taken away from their family because they were considered at risk, but before she can even start to understand the horrific things that have happened in the past, she has to teach them the most basic of behaviours. Ashton and Olivia have no barriers and no sense of what’s right and wrong – her challenges begin with the toilet and eating habits.The weeks roll into months and the months roll on, but bit by bit the children are starting to feel like they truly belong to a family, for the first time. With this new found security and love, gradually they start to reveal what really happened to them and their siblings at home, and slowly Casey can help them start to rebuild their young lives.Includes a sample chapter of Too Hurt To Stay.

Casey Watson is a specialist foster carer. She has been working in this field for six years after giving up her position as a behaviour manager for a local school. During this time she has welcomed 14 difficult to place children into her home.As a specialist foster carer she works with profoundly damaged children, seeing each child through a specific behavioural modification programme, at the end of which they will hopefully be in the position to be returned either back to their family or into mainstream foster care.Casey combines fostering with writing, usually late at night when the rest of the family is sleeping.Casey is married with two grown-up children and three grandchildren.The name Casey Watson is a pseudonym.

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ISBN-13:
9780007436613
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/07/2012
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HarperCollins Publishers
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
23,843
File size:
972 KB

Meet the Author

Casey Watson, who writes under a pseudonym, is a specialist foster carer. She and her husband, Mike, look after children who are particularly troubled or damaged by their past.

Before becoming a foster carer Casey was a behaviour manager for her local comprehensive school. It was through working with these ‘difficult’ children – removed from mainstream classes for various reasons – that the idea for her future career was born.

Casey is married with two children and three grandchildren.

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Little Prisoners: A tragic story of siblings trapped in a world of abuse and suffering 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
 I was also a foster child and to read this made me feel glad that there are more great foster parents out there. Foster care is a hard place yet with foster parents like Casey and Mike it makes it a little easier to see the positive side of the most important part and that is that even though there are tough kids out there someone can still reach them and help them to a better life. This book was brilliantly written.  The story unfolds when a social worker approaches an experienced foster family and requests that they become caregivers for these two children, Olivia and Ashton, who require emergency care. When the children are delivered, the foster family is appalled at the physical condition of these two malnourished children who arrive at their home with dirty ragged clothing and lice-ridden hair. Although their physical appearance is abhorrent, these children, ages +/-6 and +/-9, are not toilet trained and often exhibit sexually explicit behavior which presents a continuous challenge for the foster family. When the foster parents, Mike and Casey, request psychological counseling for Olivia and Ashton, they discover the inadequacies of the child protective system which lacks the necessary provisions for children rescued from dire circumstances. This book raises the consciousness of the reader and exposes the inefficiencies of our social systems that are poorly managed and do not provide adequate care for all children born and raised in impoverished conditions.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book hard to put down! It has moments where it brought tears to my eyes. It is well written book it has you feeling the author's emotions right from the start. For me, it had me in tears at the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is okay. I wish the author would have told us about the other siblings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The changes in the foster children the author takes in are so very dramatic. How these kids survived prior to their foster placement is amazing. Ms. Watson and family are wonderful in their care of the very socially deprived and depraved children. You won't be able to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Making a difference one child at a fime
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having been a special foster parent it was easy to relate to what these children went through and all of the frustrations with the system, could feel the emotions of the author
rosiejrJS More than 1 year ago
This book was one of the most interesting I've read for a while. I could hardly put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My first Nook purchase and loved it. Couldnt put the book down because i had to know what happened next! Definitley recommend.
Anonymous 16 days ago
Thank God for carers like Casey and Mike. These children would have had no chance for a happy life.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Enjoyed how Casey and Mike figure out how to deal with these 2 siblings who had been neglected and abused.
Anonymous 5 months ago
This is a troubling story that discusses the worst sorts of child abuse and the equally distturbing view of the inadquaces of social services. It is also the story of what love and care can do to change the lives of such childen. Well written it avoids getting sucked into an emtional malestrum indeed my only critism is it sometimed dispassionate tone.
224perweek More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy the fostering stories that I read. This one is no exception. Actually, it is one of the best one that I have read.......ever. These 2 kids are remarkable, and Casey never gives herself enough credit. What she does for these kids is amazing. I love the happy endings.
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Jess1988 More than 1 year ago
Little Prisoners Review; this was a good book. You got to read, in depth, about the relationship of the kids & carers. Got to hear about the difficulties it faces to be a career. And it tells the children's story, quite in depth, telling everything, and how the carers helped the kids overcome some of those difficulties, to go and get permanently placed with other careers. But there was a point in the book, around 1/2 way it seemed the book should end, like it was at an ending point, but it kept going, and it caught my attention again. And it was overall a good book!
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