#whatif prompt 29th august

Today’s prompt over at what if we all cared is:

job I wish I had

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I wish I was a social worker. I love helping people. Its always been a dream of mine to become a social worker.

I did actually study social work. I only lasted 2 years though. I found the degree to be very hard. There was so much theory in the degree and the practical stuff wasnt going to happen until year 3, it was a four year degree.

I dropped out after year 2. I was sad to drop out.

I know social workers get a bad rap but I think they well most of them do a fab job.

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Book review-Broken by rosie Lewis

I’ve just finished this wonderful book by Rosie lewis, UK foster parent, it was an amazing read, a really good book.
Below I will put the book summary, along with my thoughts.

Summary

Nine-year-old Archie and his five-year-old sister, Bobbi, are taken into emergency police protective custody after an incident of domestic violence at their family home.

Rosie collects the children from their out-of-hours foster carer on New Year’s Day and instantly recognises Archie from a domestic violence workshop she helped with. Rosie remembers that when asked what he enjoyed most about the course, Archie said, ‘The biscuits’.

Social workers are concerned that Archie and Bobbi have been neglected. As Rosie gets to know the children, she begins to suspect that something far more disturbing lies in their past.

Archie, jovial and polite, bats away Rosie’s attempts to talk to him about anything serious with witty one-liners and sophisticated distractions. Bobbi reacts violently, lashing out and throwing herself around. Rosie has never seen a child as young a Bobbi behaving so viciously, but it is Archie she is most concerned about as the weeks go by.

After a worrying incident at school, Archie tearfully discloses the truth – a shocking secret that has left him and his sister traumatised. Horrified at what she learns, Rosie is determined to help the young siblings find a forever home that will provide them with the love and care they deserve.

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This book is a page turner. I literally couldn’t put it down. It has many twists and turns in it. I enjoy rosie’s style of writing. If you like Cathy glass, or Maggie Hartley, then you’ll enjoy this book. I wont spoil the ending but all I will say is it is not disappointing.

The book is available in paperback, on kindle, and from audible.

Book review-battered, broken, healed by Maggie Hartley

Just finished another amazing fostering memoir by Maggie Hartley. I have to say I couldnt put it down. The book was so addictive, a page turner from beginning to end.
The book summary is below…

When six-week-old Jasmine is placed with foster carer Maggie Hartley, Maggie is delighted to have a baby in the house again. Jasmine has been taken into care over fears for her safety after the police are called to the family’s home several times following her birth. Her mother, Hailey, vehemently denies that anything is wrong, however, and social services allow her to have daily supervised visits with Jasmine.

Baby Jasmine is a joy to be around, but Maggie suspects that all is not quite as it seems with her mum. Maggie struggles to draw timid and extremely quiet Hailey out of her shell and fears that she may be suffering with postnatal depression.

Then one day Hailey arrives for the contact session with her hair streaked with blood and her body covered in bruises. Breaking down, a terrified Hailey admits that she is being abused by her violent husband and is too afraid to leave him.

Maggie realises that the only way mother and daughter will be reunited is if Hailey admits what’s going on behind closed doors and leaves her husband. But after years of physical and psychological abuse, that’s easier said than done….

Like i said this book is an incredible read. You wont be disappointed if you pick it up. Its available in paperback, in audio from audible and on kindle.

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THE MEETING WITH MARY

SO OUR MEETING WITH MARY WENT WELL.

SHE WAS NICE. I GOT ALONG JUST FINE WITH HER.

SHE RANG THE PLACE THAT IS SUPPLYING THE FUNDING. WE HAD A LONG TALK TO THEM. SHE PUT THE PHONE ON LOUD SPEAKER. AND WE WERE ABLE TO GET ALL THE INFO WE NEEDED TO PROCEED WITH THE APPLICATION.

THEY ARE TRYING TO SAY I ALREADY GOT 10 THOUSAND EUROS FROM THEM. FOR WHAT I AM NOT SURE. I KNOW I GOT MONEY FOR TAXI’S TO TAKE ME TO MEDICAL APTS. I ALSO GOT A CCTV UNIT FOR MY HOUSE. OTHER THAN THAT I DID NOT GET ANYTHING ELSE. TO MY KNOWLEDGE THAT COMES TO 5000 EURO. THE CAP IS 15 THOUSAND.

THE GUY ON THE PHONE SAID TO PUT QUOTATIONS IN AND ONCE MY NAME COMES UP AN ADVISOR WILL BE ASSIGNED TO ME. THEN THEY’LL EITHER APPROVE OR DENY MY APPLICATION.

I WANTED TO TALK TO MARY ABOUT APPLYING FOR MORE PA HOURS BUT WE DIDNT HAVE TIME AS THE CALL TO THE FUNDING PLACE WENT ON FOR AGES. SO I’LL HAVE TO RING HER IN A WEEK OR TWO AND MAKE ANOTHER APPOINTMENT TO MEET HER AGAIN TO GO THROUGH THAT.

SHE WAS REALLY NICE THOUGH. SHE PUT US AT EASY REALLY QUICKLY. SHE WAS CHATTY AND VERY FRIENDLY. I LIKED THE WAY SHE TRIED TO CHAT TO US TO PUT US AT EASE.

SHE CALLED US CAROL ANNE TOO WHICH WAS NICE. AND WHEN WE CALLED THE FUNDING PLACE WE TOLD HER WE’D HAVE TO GO BY OUR BIRTH WITH THEM NAME AND SHE WAS OK WITH THAT AS WELL.

OVERALL IT WAS A GOOD MEETING. I NEEDNT HAVE BEEN WORRIED. NO SHE’S NOT KAREN, BUT I THINK I CAN LEARN TO LIKE HER.
LIZ

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Book review: Too young to be a mum by Maggie Hartley

I just finished an amazing foster care memoir. It was called too young to be a mum and is written by UK foster parent Maggie hartley.

The book description is below.

Fifteen-year-old Jess arrives at the home of foster mother Maggie Hartley straight from the hospital where she’s given birth to her son, Jimmy. Scared and alone, Jess is like a rabbit caught in the headlights. Unable to live with her own mother, a prostitute, and removed from the home of her childhood sweetheart, Darren, Jess is overwhelmed by the responsibility of caring for a newborn whilst still little more than a child herself.

Maggie knows that Jess is desperate to reunite with Darren and to be a good mum to their son. Can Maggie help Jess keep her baby, and will the family ever be able to live together again?

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This book is a fantastic read. I highly recommend it. There are lots of twists and turns, and its definitely a page turner.

I laughed, and I cried during this book.

You wont be disappointed, I can promise you that. If you’ve never read a foster care memoir this one by Maggie hartley is really excellent.

You can get this book from audible, on kindle, or in paperback from all good book stores.

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appointment with my new social worker

today i called our social worker and i made an appointment with her for next friday at 11:30. her name is mary. im needing help with a couple of things. mainly i need help applying for more pa hours. i also need help with applying for a funeral grant from a local organisation who give funding to abuse survivors, i know im still young but this grant is to pay for funeral expenses so that if anything happens and you died unexpectedly your family wouldnt be left with the bill. i’m entitled to it so i might as well apply for the funding. i also want her to help me apply for funding so that i can get my back yard slabbed. mom has COPD and she wont be able to continue cutting the grass, so i will need the slabbing done, otherwise someone will have to come in and cut my grass and i will have to pay them to do it, so in th e long run its better. i’m in a bit of a rush to apply for this stuff, because the cut off date is august. after that there wont be any more funding available. so hopefully she can help me out. i miss my old social worker karen still. but i guess i have to give mary a chance to prove herself. its just karen was so competent and awesome at her job. i miss her tons. im sure mary will be nice too though. we’ll see. all i can do is try and see how things go.
carol anne

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Book review:A long way from home by Cathy glass

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.