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Dear Cathy, I have been reading your books for a few months now. I have a friend who was fostered and has become a beautiful, successful young lady. I have also recently qualified as a teacher; I have been employed in a secondary school for seven weeks! Your books have been an absolute inspiration to me; they have helped me to further understand troubled children's needs and also to empathize with not only troubled children from unfortunate families, but also any child with behavioural or emotional needs. We don't get taught these kinds of things in training! My mother is also a guardian and your books have also provided me with a deeper insight into what all professionals involved have to deal with on a day to day basis. I would like to say that you really are an inspiration as a foster carer and as a mother and the way that you care for children and touch their lives us wonderful! I would also like it, as well as other readers, if you could write Lucy's story so that we can understand how you came to keep her. Yours sincerely,
Leona, UK, 24/10/2012
Cathy, I have recently started reading your books and I find it devastating how some people can treat children the way they do. It is nice to see some positive outlooks for the children who are in need of it and that others are aware there is something wrong. It tears me apart knowing what is going on just outside the walls of your comfort zones. And I think what you and other foster carers are doing such a wonderful job. I just wish more could be done for those who haven't been heard of and those suffering in silence. I love to read your updates on the books I have read so far. I have just finished the one about Donna, and I am so pleased she was able to get out of that horrid situation. I myself don't have children but I really hate to think someone can be so cruel to their own. But I am so happy to see that Donna has grown into a successful woman and is enjoying life. I know it must have been a hard one to come out of. But from reading the epilogue it just sent goosebumps and such happiness through me to know that it all worked out for her. I am so glad there are people like you who are helping and fighting for children in these situations and I just wish there was more I myself could do. I am considering one day maybe going into the role of a foster carer myself. I just don't know if I would be strong enough to deal with all the hurt and pain some of the children really go through. Although it is something I feel very strongly about and you have inspired me to think more on this. I hope to carry on reading your books and being able to understand more on the ways of life good or bad and hope that one day I am one that will be able to help someone that really needs it and definitely deserves it. Kindest regards
Rachel H, UK, 24/10/2012
Hi, just wanted to say that over the last 10mths I have read all your books and found each one amazed and shocked me in their own way!! I'm really interested in fostering. I can't wait to have my own family and hope to foster later in my life so I can help those who are not so lucky as what my children will hopefully be!!! I cannot wait to read more of your books and updates!! Well done and thank you!!!
Hi I love your books they're so interesting. I love reading true stories. Thank you
Patricia A, UK, 22/10/2012
Dear Cathy, I have just finished reading Damaged, I can only think of two words to describe it - tragically beautiful. Unfortunately some people do not deserve the chance to be parents. I was most saddened to learn Jodie ended up with brain damage, I have read her update. I'm sure she will contact you one day! Again you are a strong and inspirational woman Cathy! Kind regards
Hello Cathy. I have just finished your fabulous book A Baby's Cry. I have read a few of your books and thoroughly enjoyed them all. I must say, I have been saddened by the reasons these children needed to be fostered, but they must have felt safe and loved. Adrian and Paula have been great children in the books and must have grown up in great adults. I am going to read more of books and encourage friends to read them too. Thank you Cathy for opening up my eyes. Take care
Julie M, 20/10/2012
Dear Cathy, Congratulations on another brilliant book 'Another Forgotten Child' I just could not put it down and was completely taken up with the story. I personally feel it is your best book yet as you have again managed to reveal the damage done to children who fall through the net and who live for years in such a terrible situation. It is so real that Aimee is taken to drug dealers' houses when her mother was deperate for heroin. I also like the introduction of Hatchet and the way he was used to try to scare you and make you afraid to alert social services to the things that had been happening to Aimee. I think this book highlights how it is for lots of foster families and how you had to protect your son Adrian from accusations being made by Susan. I am so glad you wrote this book as it will make readers much more aware of the need to protect foster carers from malicious accusations such as this. My heart also went out to Aimee and I was so glad that in the end she found a happy home. I am looking forward to your next book now as each one has been different as each foster placement is and each tells their own story. I cannot praise you enough for writing your books as they all give the reader an insight into what life is like for the foster carer and the child being cared for.
Christine, UK, 20/10/2012
Hi Cathy my daughter is getting a new kitten today and said she wanted to call it after your cat. I have lent out all your books to friends and can't remember his name, please could you email me the name. We would be very grateful.
CG: Hi Yvonne. How sweet. I am touched. Our cat was called Toscha. However, a word of warning, while Toscha is a nice name for a cat some of the older lads I fostered were soon calling him Tosser.
Cathy, I am emailing you for a little advice, I'm concerned about the children who live next door to me because the parents are always arguing and physically fighting each other. Not only have I heard this every day I have seen the woman hitting her partner whilst the little boy (age 2-3) was standing there. I hear them crying during these arguments and police are often there late night time when it gets really bad. It even scares my children as they hear and see things that children shouldn't be seeing. While most couples argue from time to time this is getting extreme. I feel she is not 'safeguarding' her 2 sons. What I'm asking is who do I tell?
A, UK, 19/10/2012
CG: I fully appreciate your concerns. It is often the neighbours who are first to alert the social services or the police. It is possible that the social services are already aware of the family but I suggest you contact them and explain your concerns to the duty social worker, or alternatively you can contact the NSPCC. You don't have to give your name if you don't want to. If the situation suddenly deteriorates and you fear for the safety of someone in the house then dial 999 for the emergency services and ask for the police.
Hello! I have just read the book Damaged. It shook me firmly. It is difficult to understand such ferocity that her own parents subjected her to. I also question the social authority, or the whole system, why did no one do something before it went so far. I cried my way through the book. While I am grateful that there are people like you, who have the strength, never give up. I admire you. I find it hard to stop thinking about the little girl. I want to believe and hope that she may still receive a good life! Sincerely,
Elisabeth S, Sweden, 18/10/2012
Hi Cathy, I got a chance to read your book "Damaged" recently. It is the most heart-aching book I have ever read and thank you very much for writing such a wonderful book. I say it is wonderful not because I'm happy to read Jodie's horrible life story but because you gave us a chance to understand the society very much. I never thought that there are such cruel and inhumane parents who can treat their own children such. I am very much pleased because they got the punishment they deserve. I'm really sorry about Jodie and I thank you very much for protecting her. If you meet her please give my love to her. I hope you are Ok. I wish all the very best for your future and wish you good luck in protecting such children who want love, protection and caring.
Arunoda P, 19, Sri Lanka, 17/10/2012
Hi, I've just finished your book about Aimee, I think what you did for her was amazing. Coming from a normal middle class background I find it difficult to comprehend what some children go through. I have a 21 month old son and loving and caring for him seems so natural. It has made me more determined to raise money for children's charities. Thank you.
Chris P, England, 15/10/2012
Evening, I just wanted to get in contact to tell you how much your books touched me. The effect of reading about these children's lives made me consider becoming a foster carer. As I'm a lone parent with two kids and no spare room this was unfortunately unrealistic! So I set about on another unrealistic goal... Social work. I had to return to full time study for a year as I left school with little in the way of acceptable qualifications. I toiled for a year to achieve the required grades and yes, you guessed it! I'm now on studying at University - Bsc Social Work degree. On my journey I will endeavor to remind myself of the 'good' social workers you had to work with and the difference that good practice can make to families, LAC and of course their carers. Thank you so much for your insight.
Louise, Scotland, 15/10/2012
Cathy. I have read numerous inspirational stories but yours moved me beyond words. As a young lady having been in the care system myself I realize the emotional strain and damage this causes to a person. At 20 years old I'm currently having counselling and have to rely on anti-depressants to get through the day, but it's getting better. I now would like to write a memoir of my childhood to try and help everyone who has been in the situation, a motto I live by is take pride in how far you've came and have faith in how much further you can go. Hope to hear back soon
Shanice, England, 15/10/2012
Dear Cathy Glass, I read your book damaged a few years back and was really touched and inspired by your commitment to Jodie. I have just finished Another Forgotten Child. I was again touched and inspired by your commitment - not only to Aimee but to her mother, all the children you have fostered and your family. I was happy to find out you have written more books which I am planning to buy and read asap. I feel I can relate to the stories as I have been in care and on the child protection register from a young age, luckily I now live with my grandparents and had a fresh start like Aimee :) you are a true inspiration and I would love to help children one day, just like you have. I am currently in university studying education. Hopefully I can help to ensure children do not 'slip through the net' and get the best opportunities in life. You really are an inspiration and amazing at what you do! Please never stop writing! Best wishes
Cherokee, UK, 14/10/2012
Dear Cathy, I am an older person (76 yrs) but have had the privilege of reading some of your books which held my interest from page one. Great reading and interesting stories. The world needs to know about cases like this. I was abused in my younger days and it reared its head again around age 60. It started to affect my life but I dared not tell my husband. Two years after his death I literally fell apart. I had a wonderful doctor who got me on track with an excellent counsellor. It was over two years before I was finally Ok and set free. I have worked in preschool and many years was Cub scout leader. What a load of challenging children I have met and worked with and won over. Kids are great and you learn so much from them and their characters. I there needs to be to be tougher sentences for abusers. My heart really went out to the boys in "The Night the Angels Came” and Hidden. Obviously you are a very caring mother and I think kids are great. Kind regards
Gladys, New Zealand, 14/10/2012
Hi Cathy, Just a quick email as I am sure you're busy. I have read 4 of your books so far and I have found them so moving. I have just finished “I Miss Mummy “it made me cry through the whole book! Your parents must be so proud of you and how proud you must be of your children. I am currently reading " Hidden ". Once I have finished reading them I pass them on to my mum, who also enjoys reading them. I look forward to reading some more of your books. Take care
Naomi C, Nottinghamshire, England, 14/10/2012
Dear Cathy Glass, I have Hidden and I found it heartbreaking hearing how Tayo came into your care, but heartwarming as you made him happy again. I am very maddened by child abuse, though I have not witnessed it first hand. I have read many books like yours and you may think me weird or babyish or unmanly for this but, while I do not cry, I go to the brink of tears. I just hope that the abused could have someone there to help them. My ambition is to become a humanities teacher but my wish is to stop all child abuse, despite knowing that it's impossible. Yours sincerely,
Jordan, 13, 14/10/2012
Hi have just finished reading Another Forgotten Child and I am in floods of tears. What an amazing story and what an amazing lady you are.
Cathy, I just wanted to say thanks for your book Happy Adults. I suffered depression following a serious motorbike accident, then I lost my job and 2 days later my car engine blew up. After the worst year of my life something inside me snapped. I have always loved your books but never read a 'self help' book - seeing as you wrote it I thought it was worth a go. I took responsibility and stopped blaming others which empowered me. In turn this gave me the freedom to believe in myself and to go on and achieve more than anyone realized I could do. I know how I beat it and why it went away and I'm not scared any more. I finally feel that I can move on as the happy confident woman my loving family gave me the tools to be. For that I am truly grateful. X
Lisa, UK, 14/10/2012
Dear Cathy, I am from Sri Lanka. Two weeks back I read your book Damaged which was translated to our language Sinhala. It was really a very touching story which filled my eyes with tears. It is really amazing you tolerated Jodie. I am very sad about her. As a mother of a little daughter I felt that to the bottom of my heart. I still cannot forget Jodie from my head. How cruel this world is. I am happy you have lot of associations to take care about these children. Even in our country so many things happening to little children. So many get sexually abused. You are doing a great job being a foster parent. I hope to read more of your books in future. I visited your web page. Reply if it's possible for you. Thanks, Best Regards,
Mahesha, Sri Lanka, 14/10/2012
Hi Cathy, yet another good book, your latest one (Another Forgotten Child). I have to limit myself to a couple of chapters a night otherwise I would read it in one night:). Looking forward to your next book. Love
Sue H, UK, 13/10/2012
Hi Cathy, I have just come across your books and have read three of them in the last 2 weeks. They are amazing. I think your a great carer and I love your books. Thanks x
Sarah, UK, 12/10/2012
Hi, I think you're amazing woman, you inspire me you really do!! Since I read a book of yours I can't stop and I'm sad that I have read nearly all of them now. I laugh and cry at the books you write. I laugh when the child is cheeky and cry when u have to say goodbye, especially your daughter Paula when she didn't want Harrison to leave in A Baby's Cry. And the book Damaged I couldn't stop weeping. You are an amazing woman and your children are really great kids. Will there be a story about Lucy? I want to foster, after reading your books u have really inspired me. Thanks for taking time to read my email and I'm looking forward to hearing back from you soon :) x
Vicky, UK, 12/10/2012
Dear Cathy, I picked up Damaged when I was walking round my local bookstore looking for something to read while I waited for my bus. It was the best decision I ever made! That was 2008 and now I have every single one of your books and I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for opening the eyes of so many of us to the world of fostering and the worlds of the children you foster. Your books are wonderful and make me laugh and cry. The world needs more people like you and your amazing family. Thank you again
Vikki, UK, 12/10/2012
Hello Cathy, I have just finished reading your story about Dawn (Cut). How sad to think a young girl could harm herself, I am glad she phoned you when she was 19. I have finished reading all your books and always end up in tears. You are an amazing woman, also your 3 children are so understanding, they must be wonderful young adults. Thank you for letting me and many others share your experiences, all your books have opened my eyes, how sad a world that children can suffer so much. You must be very proud, you are a remarkable and caring person, if only the rest of the world could be like you. I wish you and your family much love and good fortune in all you do. Will you ever feel able to let your readers know the story of Lucy?
CG: Thanks Juliette, I shall be writing Lucy’s story soon as so many readers have requested it.
Hi Cathy, I bought your book Another Forgotten Child on Wednesday 10th October, I wasn't to sure if I would like it as I have only just started reading true stories. But I am loving it!!!!!!! I have to be pulled away from it to go to bed. I love how you put so much love into every word you write. I am currently on chapter 21 I have asked all my family to buy me your books for Christmas. I just wanted to know if you are working on any more books. I hope to here from you soon. Kind regards
Jemma, UK, 12/10/2012
I hope all is well with you and your family. I have just finished reading your latest book. I bet you have heard this a million times but I can't believe Aimee was lost amongst the social care system. I have read all your true stories so far and can't wait for your new books to be released. I am going to become an adult nurse and I start University soon, I know I will have to deal with upsetting things as you do. Obviously, you are human but how do you stay professional for the benefit of the child when things are disclosed. There has been a man going around where I live exposing himself to children and he is yet to be caught. He should be castrated, not in prison. On a better note, I have passed all of the books I have onto my auntie who is now reading them.
Leanne, UK, 12/10/2012
Cathy, as a child I was in foster care with my little sister and my big brother. H ran away and went to live with friends, for a long time I was angry at him for leaving me. At 12 years old I walked into Sams Warehouse where I saw your book Damaged. I don't know what it was but I was drawn to it. I didn't know what the book was about, but I walked through that shop for about half an hour with my grandparents and I said to my granddad, can you buy me this book please? He said why! I said I don't know granddad I feel like I should read it, (although I hated reading as a child as still do) I am now an adult and your book is the only book I have ever read. When I think of it I feel someone understands. I hated foster care and I thought that everyone in the world was against me. I just wanted my mum. But you book has made me realize year after year that I could have had it so much worse. So although I was never your foster child I thank you, for caring about those that don't have someone to care for them, you're amazing women. Regards
Tahlenam, Australia, 12/10/2012
Hi Cathy, I finished the book, Damaged a couple of days ago. It's hard to believe humans can be so cruel. You are such a kind caring person and so are your Children. I am blind and got your book from the RNIB. Take care. Love and hugs
Jill S, UK, 12/10/2012
Hi Cathy, I read the Sinhala translation of your book “Damaged” and really feel sad about Jodie. I wish her to recover soon. Could she forget everything about her dark childhood? There are so many questions in my mind. You have done a great job and I don't know enough words in English to thank you. I am eagerly looking to see your mail. Wish you, your children and Jodie may noble triple gems bless you! Regards,
Anupama, Sri Lanka, 11/10/2012
Hi Cathy I would just like to say you new book Another Forgotten Child was fab! I've just finished it..... I have now read every single one of your books. Big inspiration in many lives! Looking forward to next one. Thank you
Hi I'm 21 and have a small son. I have read Damaged and have just finished A Baby's Cry, and just had to say what a inspiration u are. Your own children must b so proud of u. In the future when my kids are older I am going to look in to fostering or adopting. Thank you for helping me see I really would love to help children have a better start then I did. My mum walked out when I was 13 and left my 15 year old brother to look after me and the house. I was a lucky as my brother is a amazing man who I credit with making me the person I am. So thank you. People like you are the unsung heroes of the world. Thanks 4 taking the time to read this all the best. Xx
Hi Cathy, would just like to say I think you're an absolute inspiration! After borrowing "Hidden" from my mum I went out and bought all your books up to date! They really are touching. I've just finished "Another Forgotten Child" and can't wait for your next one. Keep up the good work, your amazing! Xx
Sarah, UK, 10/10/2012
Hi Cathy, I love your books. My mum is a foster carer. I have read three of your books: Damaged, Hidden and My Dad's a Policeman. I thought they were all fantastic and I hope to read more. Thank you
Idgie, Australia, 10/10/2012
Hi Cathy, I am a huge fan of your books and have read most of them. I have cried while reading, I have been angry, I have laughed. I cried most in A Baby's Cry. As a mother I know the heartache if my children were ever away from me. I would love to read Lucy's story. As you have mentioned her in some of your books, I am curious as to why she was brought to you. All your children sound like well respected adults, and I believe they are. They have such patience with you and the children you bring home to care for. I respect you for what you do. Having read your books, I too would love to help those children whose parents can't look after them. Kind regards,
Neisha D, 09/10/2012
CG: Thanks Neisha, I shall be writing Lucy’s story soon.
Hi, I have just finished reading Another Forgotten Child and can't describe the extent to which it has changed me as a person and my views and perceptions on life. I am currently at university studying primary education so do see and hear some stories (nothing on par to the story of Aimee) of mistreated children. Your book has deepened my concern about the issues regarding child welfare and has motivated me to want to do something about it, and possibly foster in the future. Thank you again for being so inspirational and sharing your stories. Regards.
Anna Mc, UK, 09/10/2012
Hi Cathy, I love all ya books, your book 'Damaged' really got to me, tears wasn't the word, then 'Hidden'. I really get into them. I think u need a medal. I am just reading your new book ‘Another Forgotten Child'. Wow! How did this poor child cope? I have read all the books up to now. I get into ya books, I feel for all children. In 'A Baby's Cry' I cried for you all. I wrote story about my son, he died when he was 11mths. I've got my best friends to read it, tears wasn't the word. Reading your books help takes my heartache away. My husband left me too. I just want say you're an amazing lady and hi to ya family. Looking forward to 'Please Don't Take My Baby.'
Ellen, Derbyshire, England, 09/10/2012
Dear Cathy, I've never done this before but I want to thank you for all the work you do... I only wish you had been around when I was growing up. I can't imagine some of the pain the children you work with have been through. However I can empathise as I was abused and physically hurt by my father and members of my family throughout my childhood. You give people the chance to turn things around, and look after them when that's the one thing they need most. If I had had the support of someone like you I may not have ended up anorexic and self destructive. It is truly admirable the chance you give children to work out that they are worth being loved. Best wishes,
M, UK, 09/10/2012
Dear Cathy. I read your "Damaged" book. Thank you Cathy for writing of these stories. It is a very painful story. I cried. I feel very sorry for Jodie. If I had a chance to look after her I will definitely give my love for her. I am also having a daughter, so I felt the Jodie's pain very well. Sometimes I couldn't believe it. Once again I need to say THANK YOU, because you gave big experience for us to think about the child. When you meet her again, give my love to her. Thank you & best regards
Dilani M, Sri Lanka, 09/10/2012
Hi Cathy, I have just finished reading' Another Forgotten Child'. I have to say like many of the other books I've read of yours it was a fantastic read. You're an inspirational lady thank you xx
Shelley, UK, 08/10/2012
I read your book Damaged. I feel very sad. I understood what is your feeling when you were with this little girl. I appreciate the great job you are doing for these children. There are a lot of children victim of the adults. Wish you all the best for doing this noble social work.
Niroshi, Sri Lanka, 08/10/2012
Dear Cathy, I have just finished reading Another Forgotten Child. It has really touched me, the hard work you put in to foster caring. It was such a sad story but the ending was so lovely. This story will stay in my thoughts for a long time. I will be reading all your other books. You are an inspiration. Thank you
Amanda, UK, 07/10/2012
Dear Cathy, I am a newly registered foster carer just waiting for my first full time placement. I have enjoyed reading your books over the past year as has my 16 year old daughter. Is there a book which tells the true story of the daughter (Lucy) who you were fostering and then adopted. Kind regards.
Sarah, UK, 07/10/2012
CG: Thank you Sarah, I shall be writing Lucy’s story soon.
Hi, Cathy, I've always wanted to tell you how much of a hero you are to me. If anyone asked me who my role model is, I would say Cathy Glass. I have read a few of your books and I'm not going to stop! They are all amazing and have taught me a lot. Like those poor children I went through years of social services as a result of my father. I was on the 'at-risk list' and not proud of it. Me, my mother and my brother moved away from him to start from scratch. Unfortunately it's effected my brother more than me but I've seen and felt things no human being ever should. It has left scars that won't seem to heal. Form 9 to 13 I had counselling to come to terms with the years of abuse me. As I read your books I'm lost in them. You're not only a fantastic mother and foster mother (not forgetting adoptive mother to one of your girls!) but you are also a talented writer. I'd love to be a foster mother because it changes so many young minds on how they see the world and how they get treated by the world. I'm 15 years old and not in contact with my father any more. I feel less alone once I get lost in your books. They are life changing. Keep up the good work, Cathy. To me, you are one of the best and selfless people who ever walked this earth. I wish I had your heart and soul. Thank you for inspiring me, and making me feel less alone.
Chloe, UK, 06/10/2012
Hi Cathy, I hadn't picked up a book in years until I discovered your book Another Forgotten Child. I couldn't put it down and I had smiles and tears. I'm so touched by Aimee's story. Thank you for sharing your journey. Its. made me consider being a foster parent a little later in life. I'm only 24 with a 1 year old. I can not thank you enough, you are truly an inspiration. I'll never forget reading it, now onto the next the story of Jodie :) Many thanks and appreciation
Sarah, Australia, 05/10/2012
Hi Cathy, I've been reading your books for over a month now and think you are amazing. When I was little my father abused me and my sisters in every way. He starved and beat us and sexually abused us. For years I thought it was my fault and I deserved it. I was in care for over three years to a lovely woman whom I see as my mum now. My children mean the world to me and I would never treat them like I was treated. Three years ago our daughter died of meningitis, she was ten months old. I sometimes think my life was a mistake but just get on with it for my kids stake. You are one amazing lady for what you do. Jodie's story really touched my heart. Thank you again for everything you do. All my love xxx
Lorraine, UK, 05/10/2012
Hi, I am nearly at the end of " Another Forgotten Child". Yet again another fantastic book. You really are an inspiration Cathy and do a fantastic job for these children. Your books are the only ones I read to be honest and I always struggle to put them down. Many thanks.
Lisa A, UK, 04/10/2012
Dear Cathy Glass, I have read six of your books and am overwhelmed by your abundance of love. Your feminine qualities are ever present in the text giving comfort and reflecting love. You have my respect and admiration for fostering than 100 children, while knowing the hurt that will surely come at separation. Like many of those you cared for, my own childhood was less than perfect. My mother suffered a chronic illness and died young. That put me in position of caring for our large family at a young age, as provider and carer. Many of my adult years have been dedicated to caring for the disadvantaged through a social services organization, especially youth and young adults. The stories of those I encounter daily often haunt my thoughts at night making sleep difficult or impossible so I read a lot. Reading your books, though filled with disturbing content, brings comfort. Comfort because your motherly love is ever present throughout and it personally touches the reader. After reading our books I've found myself slipping off to sleep, feeling securely tucked in, loved and kissed on the cheek, assured that everything is right with the world. What a blessing you are, Cathy. Thank you for sharing your vast experience through these writings for in doing so you impact on ten of thousands readers. Respectfully submitted with my love and admiration,
Bill, Nevada, USA, 04/10/2012
Hi Cathy, I've read a few of your books, including Damaged and Hidden. I've got 3 more books to read until I've read all of them!! I'm looking forward to reading them. I just wanted to say how amazing your books are and how the stories really touch me, as a mother of 4 myself I couldn't believe some of the horrific things the parents do to their children. I wanted to say what an amazing person you are for all your hard work for these children, to make them have a better and happier life. What a wonderful family you have to accept all the different children. Well done Cathy I really do hope social services know how lucky they are to have a foster carer like you. Good luck for the future with the children and the books, I look forward to reading the rest of the books. All the best
Becky, UK, 04/10/2012
Hi Cathy, I love reading you books. I have just finished 'The Saddest Girl in the World' and I have two more left to read. I am only fourteen years old but I still find you an inspiration. You books have made me want to become a foster carer but unfortunately I have a physical disability which puts me in a wheelchair. I'm not quite sure if this means I can become a foster carer or not. Thanks, I can't wait to read your next books!
Rebecca E, Perth, Western Australia, 03/10/2012
Cathy, I have just finished reading your latest book about Aimee. Firstly can I say again what a fantastic writer you are and how heartfelt all your work feels. The book is fantastic as always and I was just overwhelmed by how upsetting it was. But happy endings always seem to be on the horizon if people wish to take them. Another book I never thought I could read has been read and I am really pleased. Dyslexia is not a fantastic thing to deal with but I have just regained my confidence in reading since I started reading your books so thank you. Best wishes
Dear Cathy, I have read your books over the last few years and I must say how this world would be a better place with more people like yourself. You spent time with people who needed help to overcome things and believed in them. Not like my own mother. I am still getting over my past and I have had a hard time this year as I let it take over my life. I did some things to myself which are going to be seen every day now for the rest of my life. I am still finding not cutting, drinking and taken pills hard every day and some times I do wish I was not here. It would be better than remembering all the things in my past. Sometimes I don't want to sleep as I end up having nightmares about it all. I wish I had someone like you when I was younger to help me. Kind regards
L, UK, 03/10/2012
CG: I’ve been talking to L by email and she is in a better place and now receiving support to overcome her past
Hello, I have got ur latest book Another Forgotten Child and like all your other books it's brilliant. I can't put it down.
Hi Cathy, I am not a great fan of books, but I'm a sucker for non-fiction novels based around real events, it makes it so worth reading. I began reading your books last year and I continue to read them. You are such an inspiration and although I don't know you, I feel very touched by your words and stories. You have brought life back into all these children which truly bring tears to my eyes when reading along. You have proven to be a lady with a good and strong heart and your children (including those you foster) are lucky to have such an amazing role model and mother. It doesn't take long to read quotes in your book how much they "like you" or "love living here". It just goes to show what a little love can mean to a child. I can't wait to finish the book I'm on "Mummy Told Me Not To Tell" to start the next!! They really are books you can't seem to put down at night. So I thank you, for giving me more reasons to love everyone in my life and to admire the hard work foster carers do to transform a child as Damaged as Jodie to feel a little bit more hope and love. All the best for the future, thank you again.
Sarah, Australia, 03/10/2012
Hi Cathy, in my local library they are doing a "book of the year" and I have entered "The Night the Angels Came" as this is a great book. I have found all your books great reads. The only one I have not read as yet is your latest "Another Forgotten Child", the library has it on order. I can't wait to read it.
Lisa, UK, 02/10/2012
Hi Cathy, I am admirer of your work and books. I have found them and you a great inspiration. This has led to me being interested in becoming a foster carer or social worker as a future career, to help other children who have not had the same privileges as most growing up. I particularly liked how you handled the case of Jodie in Damaged. It showed you stretched to the limit and doubting yourself, but never truly giving up, which has helped me to show the same determination of some aspects in my own life. I am currently studying Health and Social Care A Level at college and knowing more about you and your work will be a big help for my current and future assignments. I look forward to hearing from you and future reads. Yours faithfully
Lizzy, UK, 02/10/2012
Hi Cathy, your books are amazing. Reading them has helped me in handling the children from the Orphanage and Children Home. I really admire your patient and love towards the children. No matter how difficult it is, you never give up.
I am also trying to collect all the books written by you. So far, I had read 4 of your books. Regards
Erina, Penang, Malaysia, 01/10/2012
Dear Cathy, I'm from Sri Lanka. I read your book” Damaged". It's a very painful story. I feel very sad about this girl. You did a great job for her. You are a real great mother. No words to explain your kind. Wish you all the best.
Manori, Sri Lanka, 01/10/2012
Cathy, I just read 'Another Forgotten Child' and fully intend on reading the rest of your books. I found your style of writing engaging and the content of your story touching and educational. I have two children and I find your parenting techniques inspirational and supportive of my everyday challenges as a mum.
I am a psychotherapist by trade and feel that your style of work as well as your experience and openness could help to further inform my practice and I would like to learn more. You have inspired me to get more involved with working with children and/or supporting foster carers and social workers. ! Kind regards and many thanks
Hi Cathy, hope you're ok and busy writing. Just finished reading A Baby's Cry. Wow! What a book, was a bit disappointed at the end - wanted something to happen so that he could stay with you and the children. But that's just me, smashing book as usual, really enjoyed it. Got your new book here ready - Another Forgotten Child. Take care love
Beryl, UK, 01/10/2012
Hi Cathy, I have just finished reading you latest book Another Forgotten Child, and like all your previous books it was very well written. I must say it is so sad to think that in this day and age so many children are able to slip through the system especially when the family is already known to social services. You are such a special lady with so much to give to the children you foster. I really admire your commitment to them as I'm sure they do to. Hope you and your wonderful family are well and continue to be happy. Look forward to your next book. I have found your books very helpful to me whilst I'm studying to be a social worker within child and family.
Michelle, UK, 01/10/2012
Dear Cathy, I am really admire all the books you have had written. ‘Another Forgotten Child' was an absolutely challenging situation as a mother when Susan make nonsense complaint against your lovely Adrian. However, Jill supported you and appreciated your contribution as foster carer. Cathy, you're really a great mother and foster carer. Please continue writing, I'll look forward to your next book. May God always bless you and your beloved family. Best regards,
Hi Cathy, I have read all your books and I admire you. Each of the books made me cry at the thought of what the children had been through and that they are all happy now. They wouldn't be where they are today if you hadn't of given them that chance. I can't wait till the next book comes out.
Hey I don't know where to start! I completely love your books! I've read most of them and I barely read books. I find your books easy to read and I enjoy every second I spend with one of your books in my hand! I've done child care at college for 3 years and learnt more from your books than I have in college. I completely admire what you do. You're amazing and I would love it if you emailed me back! X
Claire, UK, 30/09/2012
Hello Cathy, How are you? I've just read 'Another Forgotten Child' in a day! Literally couldn't put it down. It's such a captivating book. The ending was so incredibly touching and it's lovely how your children make a new child feel comfortable. I think all your stories are so inspirational. You're so amazing for what you do for these children.
Wilma, UK, 30/09/2012
Hi Cathy, Please can I be added to your mailing list so I can receive your updates? I'm 17 years old and I aspire to be a Child and Adolescent
Psychotherapist. This aspiration has largely come from reading your
books, so I wanted to say thank you for (albeit inadvertently) giving
me this goal. Please keep writing! Thank you,
Hi Cathy, I read your book of Damaged. I can't believe that! I want to see Jodie's picture when she was in eight. I know some time you can't do it because it's a personal thing of Jodie's. I'm a Sri Lankan person who lives in Sri Lanka I read your Damaged book in my language (translated book). I'm absolutely worried about Jodie and I'm happy about you. You're the great foster mother, no words to say about it. Please let me know Jodie's information about her situation. Thank you. Really you're a good foster mother no one can do it like you.
Kanchana, Sri Lanka, 30/09/2012
Hi Cathy, The book ‘Another Forgotten Child' is another great piece of yours. I felt the same feelings as you when Susan was making false allegations about you. But at least she explained and made clear she didn't do it on purpose. Hope one day you will write Lucy's story too! Hope you have a great day ahead! Regards,
Hi Cathy, I have just finished reading Another Forgotten Child, it was
brilliant, along with all your other books. In the future some time will you be bringing out an autobiography? I look forward to your next book.
Karen L, UK, 29/09/2012
Hi Cathy, I've nearly finished Another Forgotten Child and what another great book that was. Am so glad Aimee found happiness in the end, poor girl. Can't believe all this horrible stuff is still going on in the world. I was just wondering if you will be writing a book on your adopted daughter? Have a good weekend.
Leanne, UK, 29/09/2012
Dear Cathy, I am an avid book reader, I came across your book - A Baby's Cry yesterday. I could not put the book down and I just finished reading. My tears have not yet dried, it is heartbreaking to see Harrison leaving you even though it was the right thing. I wish Rihanna thought about you, Paula and Adrian even if it is painful for her. My hat off to you and I wish Harrison would know you and come to you one day. I want to thank you for sharing this journey with us. My love and respect,
Abhinaya, Singapore, 29/09/2012
Hi Cathy, I have just finished reading your book, 'Damaged' and I thank you for putting into words what most foster mothers are afraid to say. My family fostered here in Australia over a fifteen year period, with around twenty foster children, mostly emotionally unstable. We loved everything about it except for the social workers who knew very little about the children, and often didn't even like them. I wrote a book about our experience - Thorns Among the Briar Roses - which is now in its second printing because I had trouble convincing the social workers that one of my foster children was being molested by her father. We were told 'it's not uncommon,' and they still let him have access to her. It was left to my husband and son to confront him about it. We adopted the little girl but the damage had been done. We had ten years of the exact things you went through, with no help. It wasn't until we fostered a three year old boy and found out his mother was drugging and neglecting him that we went to the media and exposed her. He finally found a wonderful home but we were disqualified from fostering for going to the media which we expected, but I still feel guilty for not fighting harder for my adopted daughter. Her father got away with his crimes, and she is now a drug addict with seven children to numerous fathers. I am in my seventies, but obviously nothing much changes in fostering. I think you're wonderful. Best regards,
Bette S, Australia, 28/09/2012
Hi Cathy, I had to write after just finishing your latest book Another Forgotten Child. What an amazing book - yet again. I honestly don't know what it is about your books I can't put them down. As much as I try to! I laughed and sobbed for Aimee and for her mum too. Keep up the writing, can't wait for the next one.
Sarah, UK, 28/09/2012
Hey, just to say that your books are truly inspirational for me. I'm 17 now but spent a lot of my childhood raising my 3 brothers. Both my parents drink heavily and my dad randomly walked out on us, then so did my mum. I knew we would be separated if the social got involved so we kept it quiet and I looked after the house and the boys for 6 months. Mum returned home after 6 months with some random man who was a bit pervy towards me but my mum didn't believe me and kicked me out for 2 weeks. Then when I was 16 she kicked me and my brothers out of the house so she could have a new life and new family with her boyfriend. Out with the old and in with the new! Me and my 3 brothers now live in separate places around the city and rarely see each other, we use to be so close and now I'm lucky to receive a text from them. Haven't heard from mum since she threw us out except a few threatening messages etc Your books are fantastic and kept me going. I'm now predicted to get 3 A*'s at A level because of your books. I will become a social worker and do things properly!!! Thanks for everything :)
Our new foster child is a 14 year old boy, who is coming to live with me, my husband and our other foster child who has lived with us for 3 years. We have also fostered a 15 year old girl, an 18 month old girl who returned home (the wrong decision in our opinion), a 14 year old girl who was an emergency placement who arrived at 2am, and then another emergency that the police brought to us: a 16 year old Albanian boy who spoke no English. However when his age assessment was completed it was discovered he was in his 20s. He was re arrested. We have been fostering 3 years and it's been very busy but it's the best thing we ever did. Can't wait to see what adventures we have next. Take care xx
Mandy, UK, 27/09/2012
Hi Cathy, I have just finished reading 'Another Forgotten Child' and like all your other books, I couldn't put it down. Another heart felt story. I am so pleased to read that you are still in contact with Aimee and that she doing well. You definitely played a huge part in that for her. When I read your books I feel like I am being brought back to a home and family I know well. We naturally build up images of you, your home, your children etc and each time it's like being invited back in to share in a very personal journey. That is one of the reasons I love your books so much. The details you give of how you take care of the child you are fostering is comforting to read. It feels safe and secure and I am sure that is what the children feel once they have gotten to a place of trust with you. You are an inspiration. As always I look forward to your next book. I hope you and all of your family are keeping well! Best wishes,
Dear Cathy, I'm 17, I started reading your books only 3 weeks ago. I was looking for a good read for my long bus journeys and came across 'Another Forgotten Child'. I read it in a few days. It made me think a lot and I cried when you said goodbye to Aimee. After reading this I decided to buy a kindle and I downloaded all your other books because I couldn't wait to read more! So far I've read 'Damaged' and 'A Baby's Cry'. In the end I always have a sob to myself. I can't wait to start another one now! You're an amazing person and an inspiration! Thank you for sharing your stories!
Dear Cathy, Just had to tell you that I am half way through your new book Another Forgotten Child and find it hard to put down. I only ever get a chance to read at bed time as I'm am a child minder and never seem to have a spare moment but then I like to be busy. My husband and I are at panel today to become foster carers, fingers crossed we get through as its what we have both wanted to do for some time now. However I have got to the part in your book where you have been accused of letting your son and his friends kiss Aimee. I must say I was shocked and upset that you could have been treated this way and would never have thought that the social workers could have taken the allegation by her mother serious. It's frightening to think that this could happen to us if we are accepted as foster carers. I think you and your books are amazing. I reading your books and hope you continue to do many more in the future. Take care. Hope to tell you good news soon. Yours sincerely
Yvonne, UK, 26/09/2012
Just finished your new book "Another Forgotten Child". OMG! Wwhat an excellent read. Only problem is I read far too quickly and find myself now eagerly awaiting ur next book in 2013.
I am in LOVE with your books, I am just about to start my 8th 'Hidden'. You are truly an inspiration, your sympathy and kindness is astounding! I have recently taken on care of my 22 month old nephew due to my sister relapsing and being back in intravenous drugs. I hope one day I can be as wonderful a mother as you have been to all the children's life's you have changed! Can't wait to read Lucy's story.
Cathy, I've just finished reading 'Another Forgotten Child' and just like your other fostering stories I can relate them to my role as a uniform police officer, now police custody sergeant. It's easy to overlook the needs of the child when dealing with families in a spiral of drug abuse and crime. Social service intervention is often non-existent or too late. Your accounts have helped me look at the reasons disturbed children and young people may have behind their offending behaviour and given me greater determination to secure available help for them. If only there were more available foster placements open to assist these displaced children and a social care system with the strength to intervene at the earliest possible point.
Chris, UK, 25/09/2012