i just finished another amazing book. this is another short story by mia marconi. its book four in her series of books about her foster children. this book is called little girl lost.
this is Kiras story. kira was 3 when she came to mia. she came from another carer on respite as the carer had broken her hip. initially she was only meant to stay for a week. but it ended up that she stayed for years.
kira had a lot of challenging behaviours. she was angry. violent. she had melt downs and outbursts. she had an attachment disorder. she was rude, swaring at people and kicking and punching Mia at every chance.
mia struggled to come to terms with her behaviour. she tried desperately to help her. she made life books with her. during one particularly bad outburst kira destroyed her life story books.
she started school at age 4 but she hated school. she wasnt able to socialise with the other kids and found it hard to make friends. she was constantly being sent home from school. she was also very clingy to mia and if she knew that mia was making arrangements to meet her friends or mom she would do something to stop it. she contstantly had to know what was happening and she had to feel like she was in control. she hated social gatherings, parties, etc. she would have bad melt downs and have to be taken out of the room and go somewhere quiet to be by herself.
in an attempt to understand kiras behaviour Mia tried to find out more about her background. what she did find out was shocking. kira was the product of an affair. Her mom was married but had had an affair with another married man. her mom had 8 other kids. she’d had an affair with a pacastani man and gotten pregnant. she rejected kira. and then when she told her husband, about the affair he’d not taken it well. he went on to sexually abuse kira. she regularly witnessed her mom being beaten by this man her step dad. he also drank and so did her mom. kira was on the at risk register since birth but wasnt removed until she was 3 years old.
mia kept kira for 7 years. eventually though her behaviour became too much. initially she just sent kira to respite, but eventually it all got to be too much. so it was decided that kira should go to a residential school for children with special needs. the move was a planned move and took months, they organised a good school though that had individual daily therapy, horses, etc. the kids who lived there were mostly on the autistic spectrum. kira was supposed to go live with a family and go to school and stay with this long term carer during holidays. the carers name was Lynne. she’d met lynne and things were going well. but on her first night something happened, some of kiras behaviour was very sexualised and she’d gone into lynnes teenage sons room. Lynne wouldnt say what took place but the next day she brought Kira back to Mias.
that didnt change things though. kira did eventually move and contact with her ceased. for years mia didnt know where she was. she kept sending gifts and cards though. sometimes she’d get a phone call or a letter. kira moved to a long term foster carer when she was sixteen. but she hated the family.
eventually when she was 18 she recontacted Mia. she turned up at her door. they talked and kira told mia that she considered her family. she said she considered her to be a mom and the only mom she’d known. she said she didnt want to lose touch with Mia again. so they kept in touch. then the police contacted kira. they wanted to speak to her.
it came to light that the respite carers who used to look after kira, the husband was a paedophile. mia and kifra were shocked. he’d taken lots of photos of kira while she was at their house. he’d left a note saying he had nude pictures of kira. but kira said he never sexually abused her. he went on trial and went to prison for 20 years.
this book is really good. i liked it and it held my interest right to the end. i found it to be a heart warming story. mia seems like a really caring person. i think anyone who is fostering, or in social work, or just anyone in general who enjoys books about kids in care would like this book.