When Cathy, an experienced foster carer, agrees to look after Jade - a homeless pregnant teenager - she has little idea what she has let herself in for. Although pregnant Jade drinks heavily, stays out all night, smokes and gets into trouble with the police. When the baby is born Jades behaviour doesn’t improve and the social services take steps to remove the baby and place her for adoption.
Cathy is devastated at the thought of a young mother being forcibly separated from her baby, but is there anything she can do to help, or is it too late?
England has the highest teenage pregnancy rate in the developed world and while this is the story of one of those teenagers – Jade – it could also be the story of many.
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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