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.
i just finished this book of poetry, written by a UK foster parent who had taken in an 8 year old little boy. it turned out he was a very difficult child and the placement was very difficult, he struggled with anger, violence, repeatedly lying, it says he has reactive attachment disorder in a couple of the poems. the poetry in the book is very powerful. some of it is written from the childs perspective, a lot of it is written from the foster mothers perspective. it shows her frustration, anxiety, but also her love and dedication and you can see from her writings how much she absolutely fought for this little boy, she did everything she could, but she wasnt really getting a lot of support or help from the local authorities. there are writings in the book that talk of the childs social worker and how she the foster mom didnt get along with her because the woman was just not a good social worker. the foster mother had the child for just over a year. in the end he was taken without even allowing the family to say goodbye, and it says in a poem that he went to residential, because his issues were just too complex and he had been excluded from school also. i enjoyed the book, although a lot of the poetry is so heartbreaking and so sad to read. as someone who writes poetry to deal with things, i did like it a lot. i think it would appeal to anyone who writes to deal with their pain, i also think any foster parents out there would like it, and possibly social workers, too. I read the book on kindle. It can be gotten on amazon both in the UK and the USA.