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Another Forgotten Child: Too late to help? A shocking true story of abuse and neglect

Another Forgotten Child: Too late to help? A shocking true story of abuse and neglect

Escrito por Cathy Glass

Narrado por Denica Fairman


Another Forgotten Child: Too late to help? A shocking true story of abuse and neglect

Escrito por Cathy Glass

Narrado por Denica Fairman

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4.5/5 (34 avaliações)
Comprimento:
9 horas
Lançado em:
Jan 15, 2015
ISBN:
9780007577842
Formato:
Audiolivro

Descrição

A new memoir from Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author Cathy Glass.

Eight-year-old Aimee was on the child protection register at birth. Her five older siblings were taken into care many years ago. So no one can understand why she was left at home to suffer for so long. It seems Aimee was forgotten.

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 there is something about her that reminds Cathy of Jodie (the subject of ‘Damaged’ and the most disturbed child Cathy has cared for), 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 is so grateful as she snuggles into her bed at Cathy’s house on the first night that it brings Cathy to tears.

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. It is a trying time for Cathy, and it makes it difficult for Aimee to settle. But 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

Lançado em:
Jan 15, 2015
ISBN:
9780007577842
Formato:
Audiolivro


Sobre o autor

Cathy has been a foster carer for over 25 years, during which time she has looked after more than 100 children, of all ages and backgrounds. She has three teenage children of her own; one of whom was adopted after a long-term foster placement. The name Cathy Glass is a pseudonym. Cathy has written 16 books, including bestselling memoirs Cut, Hidden and Mummy Told Me Not To Tell.

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  • (5/5)
    Cathy Glass is a pseudonym for a prolific author who writes about her personal experiences as a foster parent in the U.K. Another Forgotten Child is Cathy Glass's latest book/memoir. Aimee is a terribly abused and neglected eight year old child who was on the at risk child protection register at birth, but still fell through the cracks of a woefully inadequate, unorganized system. This bureaucratic oversight resulted in Aimee being left with a vicious, drug addicted, negligent mother, Susan. When Glass took over her care, Aimee was filthy, dressed in ill-fitting rags, lice-ridden, covered in bruises, and had no experience with basic personal hygiene. She had a defiant attitude, and had been subsisting on a horrendous diet consisting mostly of sweets. Soon Glass also realized that Aimee was likely also the victim of sexual abuse.

    Aimee's mother, Susan, who had all five of her older children removed from her care years ago, knew how to work the system and complain, exaggerate, and twist events to try and exploit the various social workers an get her way. She is very insulting, threatening, and difficult to work with. It is obvious that Aimee's ordered supervised visits with her mother three times a week, and the telephone calls on the days other days were not in her best interest.

    Set up as relating a chronological series of events to the reader, like a journal, Glass's account of Aimee's arrival and her discovery of additional information is presented in a forthright way with no hyperbole or drama - beyond what Glass does to protect herself from Susan's unfounded accusations. She also includes many of the day to day actions that occurred while caring for Aimee. While there are times when this approach feels tiresome, the whole story is still very riveting. It is almost like you are reading a caseworkers detached account of a client.

    The biggest thing Cathy Glass does, beyond helping Aimee, is making an incontrovertible case that Aimee was not properly watched and served by the social services system in the U.K. In her case they did not serve her best interests and their neglect cause a child to suffer harm needlessly for eight years.

    Very Highly Recommended - I had a few reservations about Cathy Glass's Another Forgotten Child however, once I started reading it I could not put it down.

    Disclosure: I received an advanced reading copy of this book from the publisher and TLC for review purposes.


  • (3/5)
    This is the heartwarming, sometimes tragic, sometimes funny story of a little girl deprived of so much, who somehow manages to survive despite the odds. Aimee, identified by the state as a victim at birth, is somehow left in the care of a neglectful, drug addicted mother. She witnesses drug abuse, survives physical and sexual abuse and still has the will to survive. When finally taken into care by Cathy Glass, she comes with lice infested hair, too small, filthy clothes and an attitude! This attitude seems to be the key to her survival and little by little, with lots of love and care by Cathy and her family, she learns to trust and accept good things in her life and eventually finds a "forever family" with an older brother who is also a survivor.
  • (5/5)
    Another Forgotten Child by Cathy Glass is both heartbreaking and heartwarming. Although this story takes place in the UK and I live the US, we often hear of stories such as this. It breaks my heart that children anywhere in the world should suffer abuse or neglect such as Aimee did in this story. As Cathy told Aimee's story I had tears in my eyes, this made me wish that I could reach out and give this child and so many others like her a big hug! I admire the good foster carer/parent's that truly care and help the children that need to learn what love and to be cared for are. I will be reading more of Cathy's books now that I have found them. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, rather it be good or bad.
  • (5/5)
    This is not a story for the faint of heart. It is the story of a foster parent who takes in a child that most would never touch. Aimee is eight years old and unlike her five older siblings, she was left with her mother instead of being removed. Eight years she suffers abuse at the hands of her mother and many others. No child should have to experience the things Aimee experiences. The book was frustrating at times because at one point in my life I worked for children and family services in my state. The things that you learn about happening to children is horrible. Cathy has done a wonderful job of letting the reader be an observer yet feel like they are right there. I have never been a foster parent. I have seen so much through my job as a teacher. Sometimes the things we learn from our students are just as heart wrenching and makes us wonder how someone could let something happen to a child for so long and do nothing. I have great admiration for people like Cathy. As a matter of fact a friend of mine, an author by the name of Karen Arnpriester is one of those angels who takes in kids. I have the highest respect for people like them. I believe that books like this should be read to bring attention to, and open the eyes of people who might not want to see what is going on around them. I highly recommend this book.
  • (5/5)
    Another Forgotten Child by Cathy Glass is both heartbreaking and heartwarming. Although this story takes place in the UK and I live the US, we often hear of stories such as this. It breaks my heart that children anywhere in the world should suffer abuse or neglect such as Aimee did in this story. As Cathy told Aimee's story I had tears in my eyes, this made me wish that I could reach out and give this child and so many others like her a big hug! I admire the good foster carer/parent's that truly care and help the children that need to learn what love and to be cared for are. I will be reading more of Cathy's books now that I have found them. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, rather it be good or bad.
  • (3/5)
    Another Forgotten Child by Cathy Glass tells the true story of a young girl who came into her home through the foster care system after “slipping through the net,” and suffering eight years of unnecessary abuse and neglect at the hands of a drug-addicted mother who had already lost five older children to the care system. The story explains the horrific abuse suffered by Aimee prior to coming into care and takes us along her journey into her transition to a new life.I chose to read this book because I think it is important for children like Aimee to have their stories told. I've previously read books about child abuse situations and they were written entirely from the perspective of the child (as an adult). This book gives the insight to foster care and child abuse from the foster care provider’s perspective. I feel that this perspective is a unique way to experience the chain of events that occurs as the child transitions from a very difficult life into learning how to be a child again and assimilate properly into “normal” society where they are a part of a healthy, safe environment.The story started out a bit slow for me. However, as I read on, I found myself curious to see how Aimee adapted to her new life, and learn more about why she behaved the way she did. It was both heart-breaking and inspiring to know that this actually happened in real life. On one hand, you have Susan, a completely horrific and unfit mother. On another hand, you have Cathy, who opens up her home, her family, and her heart, to ultimately change the outcome of this little girl’s life forever.This is the first of Glass’ books that I've read. The book is 309 pages and I read it in three days. The further into the story I got, the more I wanted to find out what would become of Aimee. I would probably read more of Glass’ books in this series.
  • (4/5)
    Ms. Glass once again brings us the story of a child lost in the social services system. Aimee is obviously abused and neglected: covered with bruises and lice, having never showered or had her clothes washed. She comes from a family where every other child had been removed from the home, and the question everyone keeps asking is why did it take 8 years to remove Aimee from this same home?Soon we meet Aimee's mother Susan and we find out why. Susan may not be able to take care of her children, but that does not mean she wants to give up her parental right to them. She files false claims and wild accusations against ever foster parent in an effort to get her children back, and Aimee and Cathy will not be the exception.Luckily, this story does have a happy ending with a "forever family" for Aimee and end to the abuse she had faced her entire life.
  • (4/5)
    Another forgotten child tells the story of Aimee, an eight year old, badly abused and neglected who is brought into foster care. It details the families' struggles with letting a child go (from the drug riddled Susan who can't take care of her daughter), and accepting a troubled child into a pre-existing family (the foster carer) and coping with Aimee as she adapts to her new surroundings. It's what I expected, and yet still 100% shocking, reading what children go through, no matter what country they live in.i probably won't be reading this author again as I'm not a huge fan of her writing style, but it was good for a one time read.
  • (4/5)
    Eight-year-old Aimee is an angry child and one that is used to doing what she wants. She comes from a home where here older siblings have already been through the foster care system and her mother is a drug addict. Social Services is trying to find someone to take care of this child, who has fallen through the cracks. In comes Cathy, who tries her best to give the girl the love and affection she sorely needs. This is not fiction but true life stories experience by the author. It is interesting the see the problems that the British social service systems are similar to those we experience in the states. Cathy writes from the heart and Aimee’s story is heart wrenching. I found this to be a very moving memoir and appreciate the work the author has done for these children.
  • (5/5)
    I couldn't put down the book. The most interesting part was the life that Aimee had lived with her mother prior to coming into foster care, and how difficult it was for Aimee to transition to the life of a normal 8 year old. Cathy Glass, the author, did a great job showing the many sides of both Aimee & Susan's personalities. However, Susan fell short in portraying herself or her family as well. The foster family seemed too good and never making real mistakes or having real negative emotions. It would have been interesting to have had a better understanding of the lives of foster families.
  • (5/5)
    Such an eye opening read, and it reads very fast, and yet I felt I was standing next to Cathy the whole time. Being there from the first when Aimee arrives.Cathy has such a kind and firm way about her, and I can see that God has given her such a gift and put her where she needs to be. Be sure to have a box of tissues handy, some unbelievable things come out...yet they aren't unbelievable, as evil does walk this earth.This story takes place in England, but it sounds like here in the States, a child getting lost in the system. Happens way to often, no Child left behind...not true! I personally know of one, and the State she lives in wants the child to take care of the unfit Mother...no advocate for the Child.Thank you Cathy for sharing your gifts, and then sharing them with us. May you be blessed!I received this book through The Library Thing Early Reviewers Program, and was not required to give a positive review.
  • (5/5)
    A raw and true to life story about and 8 year old little girl who enters into the foster care system in England. With that said, this story could have been written about many of the children in our (United States) foster care system. Working in the courts (and working specifically in a Dependency and Neglect court) for over 10 years, this story is sad but very typically tale. The laws regarding children and extremely similar but there are some differences between the countries – and there will be differences between states. I thought this book was very well written – a little basic at times, but I am also very familiar with the system. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others.
  • (5/5)
    I enjoyed this book and once I started reading I almost couldn't put it down .I finished it within 2 days because I just had to find out what happened to Aimee. Another Forgotten Child is a true story from England, but I think there are many similarities to the American protective child service system. The author's account of her experience as a foster parent to 8 year old Aimee gave me great appreciation of the work that foster parents do. They often have to sacrifice a lot in order to give much needed TLC to a child from a broken home. It takes a lot of patience, strength and love to do that. It's people like Mrs. Glass who give foster children hope and show them that there is a better way of life than what their parents could give them.
  • (5/5)
    A raw, real and engaging memoir that offers hope in what appears to be a hopeless situation! An emotional page turner that will amaze you with the resilience of children and the unconditional love of an amazing women determined to do right by them. 5 stars!
  • (5/5)
    I received a copy of this book for the purpose of review.Cathy Glass has been fostering children in the UK for over 20 years. She has cared for approximately100 children during that time. Ms. Glass now has written 15 books mostly about different childrenshe has cared for, but a few have been about child care in general.Another Forgotten Child follows the life of Aimee, an 8 yearl old girl who should have been takeninto care at birth but, for one reason after another was left to grow up in a life of poverty andmany kinds of abuse. For purposes of anonimity Ms. Glass has changed names, dates and places. Aimee's parents were both addicted to drugs and were unable to care for her properlydue to their dependence. The social services system had already taken 5 othersiblings away from Aimee's mother, Susan but, failed Aimee in many ways. Aimee saw thingsshe should have never seen, had things done to her that should have never happened andwas forced to essentially become an adult to take care of herself and her mother to survive.Once Aimee was finally taken into care she had alot to learn. She was used to doing thingsas she wanted and when she wanted. She had never been a child with any boundaries.She came to Cathy with no people skills, rotten teeth from eating mostly sweets, a very bad infestation of head lice, clothing that had not been washed, maybe ever and had never had a proper bath. By this time Susan had grown to love and depend on her daughter and was't willing to agree with foster care so, like she had done with her other children, she chose to make life hard on the carer. By twisting what Aimee told her she would make up things to get the carer in trouble. This was always in hopes of having the child moved so many times through the foster care system that they would eventually give up and return the child to her. She alsothreatened the carer's when no one was around to hear.Under Cathy's care Aimee blossomed and started to open up. She told Cathy some thingsabout her past and what she remembered but other times she chose to keep things to herselffor fear that she and/or her mother would be hurt. Aimee grew to trust Cathy and love her. When itwas finally decided that Aimee would never be able to go back to Susan it was found that Aimee'seldest half-brother Jason and his wife wanted to take Aimee into their home and family. Jason and Jenny were already experienced foster carer's so they knew what they were getting into withAimee. Although Cathy would have loved to have raised Aimee as her own, she found that Jasonand Jenny were a perfect fit for Aimee and with Jason being family and also a product of goodfostering, it ended up the way it should.
  • (3/5)
    Another Forgotten Child is a book filled with the recollection of horrors a little girl had to endure before being put into foster care. This was a hard, sad, frustrating story to follow. I wish it was a work of fiction. The writing is simple and often repetitive. Cathy Glass is to be commended for her years of dedicated service to abused children but I'm not sure I understand her motive in writing so many books about the children.
  • (5/5)
    This is an awe inspiring true story about Aimee, an eight year old who has finally been removed from the care of her mother and into a foster home. Luckily, Aimee has been placed with Cathy Glass, a remarkable woman who seems to instinctively know just what to do to help this neglected child. Glass tells the story in a way that makes it impossible to put the book down. Glass' books should be required reading for anyone who wants to be a foster parent or social worker. I am looking forward to reading all of her books.
  • (5/5)
    A frightening look at the children who suffer lives most of us cant imagine. Cathy Glass highlights the struggles through the Social Services system of Aimee. The girl who slipped through the cracks.This was my first experience reading Cathy Glass and my first exposure to her chronicles of the children she encounters a Foster Parent in the UK. As someone who has read many books on the plight of children who suffer the greatest injustice.. a parent who does not or is not capable of love. Aimee's story is just one more that will leave you asking WHY? Why have we not figured out a way to protect our children. If you take anything from this story of a girl who at eight years old had never been given a shower or brushed her teeth or slept on a bed not soaked in urine. A child who was the recipient of the ultimate injustices to a human both mentally, and physically, I hope you take away the drive and need and desire to want to do more. I know that thanks to Aimee and other children like her, I have and I hope you do too.