Many of us are aware of the shocking conditions that exist in state run orphanages in some developing countries, but nothing could have prepared Cathy, an experienced foster carer, for hearing about it first hand.
Elaine and Ian follow the correct procedure to adopt a child from abroad but when they arrive at the orphanage they find their baby has died. Devastated they plan to return home childless but are persuaded to see an abandoned two year girl. They immediately fall in love with her.
With no experience of looking after children and wanting to make up for Anna’s past suffering they give in to her constant demands and ignore her bad, sometimes cruel, behaviour. Anna quickly becomes unmanageable and when her parents can’t cope any longer she has to go into foster care. Cathy is her third foster carer in a week which shows the level of her challenging behaviour. Despite Cathy’s best efforts and years of experience it seems there is little she can do to help Anna.
Cathy has been a foster carer for over 25 years, during which time she has looked after more than 150 children, of all ages and backgrounds. She is a specialist foster carer, also referred to as a level three carer, which means she often looks after children with complex needs or those with very challenging behaviour. Much of her inspiration for writing comes from fostering. She was awarded a degree in education and psychology, as a mature student.
Cathy has always combined fostering with writing, rising very early every morning in order to write, before the day begins with her ever changi...
More about Cathy Glass