Will You Love Me? is the story of Cathy’s adopted daughter, Lucy, who arrived as a foster child and stayed for good.
Lucy was born to a single parent who had herself been abused and neglected for most of her childhood. Lucy’s mother couldn’t cope with a baby and Lucy was neglected right from the start. Despite concerns being raised by her teachers and other adults Lucy wasn’t taken into permanent foster care until she was eight years old. But even then her problems weren’t over. As she was moved from one foster home to another she became increasingly upset and angry.
By the time Lucy arrived at Cathy’s, aged eleven, she was withdrawn, refusing to eat and had bouts of terrifying anger. It was thought that the damage done to her was largely irreversible. Cathy set out to prove them wrong.
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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