When Cathy, a foster carer with many years experience, is asked to foster Melody, aged eight, she is convinced she’s heard it all before. Melody is the last of five siblings to be taken into care. Her single mother is a long term intravenous drug user and, unable to cope, has neglected all her children.
However, when Melody settles in with Cathy enough to talk to her she is constantly worrying about her mother - if she has remembered to eat, wash, or even get out of bed. Many children who come into care worry about their parents but this is unlike anything Cathy has experienced before. Then when her mother suddenly disappears what has really been going on at home becomes all too clear.
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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