When interviewed, Cathy is often asked when and why she began fostering. This is the story of when and why; it is also the true story of Dawn. Dawn was the second child Cathy fostered and she nearly became her last.
With little background information on Dawn, Cathy was rather left to get on with it. However, it soon became clear that Dawn’s polite and sweet nature concealed a terrible past. So terrible that she was haunted by night terrors and self-harmed to try and ease her pain. Cathy did all she could to help her, while aware it was never going to be enough.
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...
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