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I Miss Mummy: The true story of a frightened young girl who is desperate to go home Kindle Edition

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Reviews for 'Damaged': 'Cannot fail to move those who read it.' Adoption-net 'Heartbreaking.' The Mirror 'A truly harrowing read that made me cry.' The Sun 'A true tale of hope. ****.' OK! 'Foster carers rarely get the praise they deserve, but Cathy Glass's book should change all that.****' First Magazine 'A hugely touching and emotional true tale.' Star Magazine

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Reviews for 'Damaged': 'Cannot fail to move those who read it.' Adoption-net 'Heartbreaking.' The Mirror 'A truly harrowing read that made me cry.' The Sun 'A true tale of hope. ****.' OK! 'Foster carers rarely get the praise they deserve, but Cathy Glass's book should change all that.****' First Magazine 'A hugely touching and emotional true tale.' Star Magazine

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  • File Size: 1678 KB
  • Print Length: 371 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Element (July 8, 2010)
  • Publication Date: July 8, 2010
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007267444
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007267446
  • ASIN: B003WUY1FA
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Hi
I live in England and have three children, two birth children and one adopted. When I left school I held a clerical position in the civil service, which I left to start a family. At the same time I became a foster carer, which is the inspiration for much of my writing. I have been a foster carer for over twenty-five years and am what's known as a specialist foster carer, sometimes referred to as a level 3 carer. This is in recognition of my experience and qualifications and means that I am often asked to look after children with complex needs or very challenging behaviour. I have a degree in education and psychology which I was awarded as a mature student.

I have always been a writer - from when I was at school, with poems in the school magazine. In my teens I began writing short stories, articles, a few radio plays, and entering writing competitions. Like many writers it was a hobby - something I did almost furtively in my spare time, while working, and then later fostering and looking after my family. The two halves of my life - writer and foster carer - came together in 2007 when I wrote about a child I'd fostered and the book immediately became a number one best seller. Since then there have been many bestsellers, thanks to you, my readers. I really appreciate all your support and best wishes. Cathy xx

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By Lisa on July 18, 2012
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I like books by Cathy Glass because she is an easy read and she doesn't go into too many of the horrific details like some similar books. I usually find myself so involved in the stories of the children that she writes about that I just can't put the book down.
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By Rosemary on January 19, 2013
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This is a 5 star book -- the true story of a child in foster care by mistake. It broke my heart. I cried. I recommend it because it's a good, genuine, well-written story and thank heaven it has a happy enough ending... this time.
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A sweet, obviously well cared-for little girl winds up in protective care as an emergency. The child's mother is reported to have a drug problem and the maternal grandparents are ruled out because they will be 70 by the time the child nears adulthood. Her father and his wife are the default option. The true account is written by the English foster carer.
This is the second or third book I have read by this author, so I obviously like her and recommend the book. Adapting to the never-ending demands of a system that seems at times designed for its own benefits, the fosterers and child struggle along. It is comforting to know that there are warm caring people, who are well trained to care for children in crisis--at least in the British Isles. It is less comforting to see the almost haphazard way social workers follow cases.
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This book made me incredibly sad and I can honestly say it deserves a far higher rating than 5 stars. Cathy gets right into the heart of the matter for each child she writes about. She brings you into her home and her life to help you understand what both her natural family and the foster children are going through.

I cannot believe that social services did not check out the child's circumstances more thoroughly before they removed her from a loving home. And then to read they were thinking of placing her with an abusive father. That is unfathomable!!!

Cudos to Cathy for being such a prolific author and bringing these children into the light. Hopefully in reading some of these stories, hearts will be opened and more fostering homes will open up. It is just so sad that such homes are needed.
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I was fascinated with the way Cathy dealt with the foster children. After reading I Miss Mummy, I read several other books by the author. They were interesting too, but I Miss Mummy is one of her better books.
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This book shows how the foster care system fails a young girl who was doing fine with her grandparents with access to her mother ( who was having domestic and addiction problems) The mother was keen to clean up her life for her beloved daughter and the grandparents were doing well and loved having little Alice live with them. Eventually Alice was put into Cathy Glass' home as a foster child. No one could understand why Alice was taken from a loving home where she was well-cared for, but apparently the couple was deemed " too old." Alice was a pleasant , smart child who gained Cathy's and her family's affection, and eventually justice saw Alice back with her natural family. A very good memoir of when the system is over-zealous and makes an error in judgment.
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This story was difficult to read because of the subject matter. It was interesting just how a child can get lost in the system. Speaking with people that have been through this themselves and the effect it had on their lives has been eye opening. Children are our future we need to be love and protect them and fight for them when necessary.

It was a good book.
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A sad little story of what can go wrong with the foster care system in today's world. This poor child, in spite of the loving ministrations of the author will no doubt grow up scarred for life. At least eventually she got her life back. An interesting read.
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