When Stevie’s social worker tells Cathy, an experienced foster carer, that Stevie is gender fluid she isn’t sure what that term means and looks it up on the internet.
Stevie, together with his younger brother and sister, have been brought up by their grandparents as their mother is in prison. But the grandparents can no longer cope with Stevie’s behaviour so they are placing him in care voluntarily. He goes to live with Cathy and her family.
Like many young people Stevie spends time online and Cathy warns him about the dangers of talking to strangers, and how to stay safe online. When Stevie’s younger siblings tell their grandmother that they had a secret they can’t tell Cathy is worried. However, nothing could have prepared her for the truth when Stevie finally breaks down and confesses what he’s done.
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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