So I just finished the book a long way from home by Cathy Glass. A wonderful read. Different from most of her other foster care memoirs, this is Annas story. A story about a little girl adopted from an orphanage who came into foster care after being diagnosed with reactive attachment disorder and when her behaviour became unmanageable for her parents.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a poignant read. Deeply moving, very sad in places, but also full of hope.
The summary for the book follows.
The true story of two-year-old Anna, abandoned by her natural parents, left alone in a neglected orphanage.
Elaine and Ian had travelled halfway round the world to adopt little Anna. She couldn’t have been more wanted, loved and cherished. So why was she now in foster care and living with me? It didn’t make sense.
Until I learned what had happened…
Dressed only in nappies and ragged T-shirts, the children were incarcerated in their cots. Their large eyes stared out blankly from emaciated faces. Some were obviously disabled, others not, but all were badly undernourished. Flies circled around the broken ceiling fans and buzzed against the grids covering the windows. The only toys were a few balls and a handful of building bricks, but no child played with them. The silence was deafening and unnatural. Not one of the 30 or so infants cried, let alone spoke.
This book can be gotten from audible, its also available on kindle. and in paperback. It is Cathy glass’s latest foster care memoir.
so its 11:30. And I cant sleep. sigh. I knew this was going to happen.
I didnt even nap today. I was up at 8 this morning actually.
Why is it I can only get one or two nights of good sleep. I so wish I didnt struggle so much with sleep. It makes life very difficult.
I think I’ll go read for a while. I have 2 hours left of my audio book a long way from home, by cathy glass. Its a good read if your interested I highly recommend her books.
A friend of mine just wrote a post about having kids. I have been thinking on it. I am childless but not by choice. I am childless due to having no ovaries. I am also childless due to being a lesbian and unable to have kids in the natural way. If I had ovaries, and I was straight, I think I’d have kids. I’ve always wanted kids. I could adopt or foster kids, but due to my mental illnesses I doubt I’d be allowed. I think the social services are very strict on that. I’ve never tried though. I could do IVF but its far too expensive to try it. I desperately wish I had kids, though. I’ve always longed to be a mom. I do question my parenting skills though. I am not sure I would make a good mom. I find it desperately hard to mother my littles so I think mothering a child would be super hard for me. I wish I could give it a go though. I ache to be a mom. I long for it. I do have my niece and nephew who I love dearly. I am not their mom though. But I do give them ample love and affection. I dote on them. At least I can be a mom to my furbaby. That counts. I love him and dote on him too. I also think my blindness would prevent me from having kids, since I think I would be watched closely if I did have a child. I don’t particularly agree with this stance since my friends are blind and have kids, in fact my best friend has two, but then she has a sighted partner so that helps. I feel like my chance to have a child was kinda robbed from me. Because I didn’t have a choice as to whether my ovaries were removed, they had to be for medical reasons.
Too Young to Be a Mum
Can Jess learn to be a good mummy when she is only a child herself?
When 16-year-old Jess arrives on foster carer Maggie Hartley’s doorstep with her newborn son, Jimmy, she has nowhere else to go. Arriving straight from the hospital, having just given birth, Jess is like a rabbit caught in the headlights. Scared, alone, and practically a child herself, she is overwhelmed with the responsibility of caring for a newborn without the support of a loving family or her beloved boyfriend.
With social services threatening to take baby Jimmy into care, Jess knows that Maggie is her only chance of keeping her son. Maggie can see that Jess loves her boyfriend and wants to be a good mother to her son. Can Maggie help Jess learn to become a mum? Will the family ever be allowed to live together?
I really enjoyed this book. I thought the reader of the audio book did a really great job and I liked her style and how she read. The book is fast paced and kept me interested. I love all foster care memoirs, and this one doesnt disappoint. I would highly recommend it.
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Just finished an amazing foster care memoir by author maggie hartley.
At just ten years old, Kirsty has already suffered a lifetime of heartache and suffering. Neglected by her teenage mother and taken into care, Kirsty thought she had found her forever family when she is fostered by Pat and Mike, who she comes to see as her real mum and dad.
But when Pat has a heart attack and collapses in front of her, Kirsty’s foster family say it’s all her fault. They blame her temper tantrums for putting Pat under stress and they don’t want Kirsty in their lives anymore.
Kirsty is still reeling from this rejection when she comes to live with foster carer Maggie Hartley. She acts out, smashing up Maggie’s home and even threatens to hurt the baby boy Maggie has fostered since birth. Social Services must take Kirsty’s threat seriously and Maggie is forced to choose between eight-month-old Ryan, who she’s grown to love, or angry Kirsty, who will most likely end up in a children’s home if Maggie can no longer care for her. Maggie is in an impossible position, one that calls in to question her decision to become a foster carer in the first place…
This was an amazing book. Very like cathy glass’s books if you’ve read any of those. Maggie is also a foster parent from the UK. She writes very poignantly about the kids in her care. The book has many twists and turns in it. Its highly addictive, a page turner.
Its available on audible and on kindle and in print.
Just finished an amazing foster care memoir by Cathy glass.
This is her latest book, just released last week. Its called cruel to be kind.
This is Max’s story. Max was six when he came to live with Cathy. His mother was in hospital and he’d been left at home alone so was temporarily brought into care.
When Cathy first met him she got a shock because he was very obese. Much of the book centres on his obesity. He was six and weighed 119 pounds.
The book is sad in many places. His mother and sisters are also very obese. Throughout the book he goes on a diet but when he has contact at home he doesn’t stick to it, however he does lose some weight.
I’m not going to say exactly what happens in the book because I don’t want to give too much away but it is a very very good read, parts of the book are very sad and tragic but parts of it are also very uplifting.
The book is available on audible and in print and on kindle.
I couldn’t put it down once I started reading it. I was totally addicted as I am with all of Cathys books.
I will say the book has a very positive ending.
I just finished another amazing fostering memoir written by casey watson. this is a story of one girls amazing inner strength, courage in the face of adversity and also a story of her resilience. It is a story of how someone can have the most tragic of pasts, and yet be able to overcome it and go on to lead a good life.
Runaway girl tells adrianas story. Adriana is a young polish girl who has come to the attention of social services because she handed herself in to them saying that she needed help, caseys link worker tells casey when he first is placing adriana with her that she is 14 years old and from outside their area. they know very little about her only that she ran away and has been sleeping rough and that she handed herself in asking social services to help her.
when she first arrives she has little english or that is what it looks like. she looks ill and subsequently becomes ill and after trying to get her seen by a doctor which goes very badly, it starts to look like there might be a lot more to the story, than casey first suspects.
she does recover from the viral illness that she first seemed to have, but then while she is helping caseys sons girl friend out teaching ballet one day, she collapses and becomes gravely ill. she is rushed to hospital upon where they find out that she is not 14 but 16 and also that she was pregnant and only recently gave birth, not long before coming into care.
this changes everything. she goes on to tell casey her story when in hospital, i wont spoil the story but needless to say it is a very sad situation that she found herself in at such a young age. however she is determined that now that the truth is out she just wants her baby back. she had been pregnant and given birth and given him up, doing what she felt would be right at the time.
there are many hoops to jump through in order for her to get him back. casey is more than willing to support her and fight her corner so that she can successfully get him back. and she does get him back, I wont go into the whole story as that will spoil the book for you but just to say it is a fantastic story with many twists and turns in it.
And it does have a fairytale ending. I really liked the book. It deals with the issues of trafficking, teen pregnancy, sexual abuse, and adrianas story shows that sometimes the things that happen to us in life will not defy who we become.
I hope if you read the book you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.