Saturday, August 24, 2013

Another Forgotten Child

I read this haunting memoir from Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author Cathy Glass, a foster mother living in England.

Eight-year-old Aimee was on the child protection register at birth. The social services are looking for a very experienced foster carer to look after Aimee and, when she reads the referral, Cathy understands why. Despite her reservations, Cathy agrees to Aimee on – and reading the report instantly tugs at her heart strings.

When she arrives, Aimee is angry. And she has every right to be. She has spent the first eight years of her life living with her drug-dependent mother in a flat that the social worker described as ‘not fit for human habitation’.

Aimee’s aggressive mother is constantly causing trouble at contact, and makes sweeping allegations against Cathy and her family in front of her daughter as well.  As Aimee begins to trust Cathy, she starts to open up. And the more Cathy learns about Aimee’s life before she came into care, the more horrified she becomes.

It’s clear that Aimee should have been rescued much sooner and as her journey seems to be coming to a happy end, Cathy can’t help but reflect on all the other ‘forgotten children’ that are still suffering…

This story is hard to read as it exposes the trauma that many innocent children suffer, but it also is uplifting to know that there are people who are willing to work with these wounded children.

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