I decided to participate in teaser tuesday.
I wont give away any of the book though by putting some lines here.
What I’m currently reading…
My dads a policeman by Cathy glass
Its a short read about 100 pages in length. Its fiction, but based on a true story.
I hope you enjoy it if you read it!
I just finished this book a few days ago. And as usual it was a great read.
This is Michaels story. It is an unusual case for Cathy in that Michael did not come from an abusive family or one that neglected his needs. Michael was very much loved.
The reason Michael came into foster care was that his dad was terminally ill. He was dying of cancer. He needed someone to look after Michael when he went into hospice and when he eventually died.
The book is poignant in so many places. Patrick who is michaels dad is such a kind, caring, gentle man. He wins Cathys heart and the hearts of her family.
In the early part of the book Michael comes to Cathy while his dad is in and out of hospital due to his illness. Each time he stays a couple of days or weeks. He is not a permanent foster child in Cathys home like in her other books where the child she’s looking after stays for a long time maybe a year or more.
Patrick also gets to know Cathy. They go out together for a meal, and they’re two families are closely in contact with one another, they go swimming together, and do other activities to allow michael to get acquainted with Cathy and her children. But while all this is happening of course Cathy and her children become very close to Patrick.
Patrick realises this too and during one of his hospital stays he makes the decision that he should put some distance between himself and Cathy and her children for the sake of everyone. He doesnt want them unduely effected by his illness and impending death.
Cathy takes Michael to visit his dad in hospital. One of the most poignant parts of the book is the very last time Michael visits his dad when his dad is unconscious in the hospice. He sits talking to his dad and just spending quality time with him. And on that night his dad dies.
During the book patricks friends nora and jack, and coleen and eamon are prominant figures. They are patricks dearest and oldest friends. It turns out that Coleen and Eamon offered to look after Michael when pat dies. But so did Cathy. She had mentioned this to pat early on when they’d been out together. Cathy did not know that Coleen and Eamon had also offered to look after michael, so it came as a huge shock. In the end Michael does to go Eamon and Coleen, because they are his god parents, and also they’ve known him since he was a baby. In the end it is the decision of both stella michaels social worker, and Michael as to where he should live. And he chooses to live with Coleen and eamon.
It is a really fabulous and touching book with a lot of depth and emotional parts. I really liked it and I’m sure you will too. Be prepared for many emotional scenes and sad parts but also lots of happy moments too. I think anyone whose going through terminal illness or the death of a loved one should read it. Also foster parents, social workers etc.
In this gripping memoir, Cathy tells Harrisons story. Harrison came to cathy as a newborn baby. He’d come to the attention of social services four months earlier, when his birth mother had asked that he be taken into care upon being born, and adopted. Cathy had never fostered a baby so was very apprehensive about it. But Harrison soon settled into her family. Right from the start Rianna, Harrisons mother was co-operating with social services. There was a lot of mystery surrounding Harrisons case. At first Cathy didnt know why he’d been placed in care. Eventually she found out though. At first Rianna spent some weeks loitering outside Cathys house, trying to get a glimpse of Harrison. Cathy was quite worried and discussed this with her support social worker Jill and Sharyl who was Harrisons social worker. When Harrison was a few months old, Rianna came to see Cathy. She then told Cathy why it was that she’d had to give Harrison up. Her family were asian, and she’d been having a relationship with a mixed race man. If her family found out, they’d disapprove, and she felt that her cousins might kill the man, or her. An honour killing. Cathy was very shocked upon hearing this information and she told Rianna she’d have to tell Jill. Before rianna left that night, Cathy offered to let her see Harrison. At first Rianna hesitated but eventually she agreed and she saw him and it was after that first contact, a few weeks later, that Rianna came again to Cathys house, late at night, and shared that she’d told her parents and they were willing to support her. She wanted to take Harrison that night, but Cathy persuaded her to leave him with her and go through her solicitor and social worker. Cathy met Riannas father that night who also wished to take Harrison there and then. Over the following 3 months, contact between rianna and harrison was set up and Rianna saw him twice a week for an hour and a half. Eventually a decision was made that Harrison should live permanently with Rianna. A two week introductory move was planned to introduce Harrison to living with his mother. Eventually after the two weeks were complete Harrison returned to live permanently with his mother and it was very sad for Cathy and her family when they all had to say goodbye. The book is an amazing read and as always Cathy has done an excellent job of telling a gripping, heart warming, sometimes sad, but touching story of Harrisons time with her. Its well worth a read if you like memoirs, stories about people who’ve over come the odds, stories about children in care etc.
Wednesday. I’ve been up since 6. I went to bed last night at 10 and I got a good sleep. Considering that Iwwas up since 6 yesterday morning I needed it. Before I went to bed I started reading another cathy glass book. This time I am reading a babys cry. I read the first six chapters before bed. So far its a really good book! Once I am done with it I’ll do a book review on here. This morning at 10 there is a guy coming to install CCTV in my house. I am getting it in for extra security. He said it would take about five or six hours to install it. To be honest I dont know why it takes so long and I am kinda annoyed that it is going to take that long. I have to stay in all morning now. Mom is coming over to be here too just in case she is needed for any reason. I also see Dr Barry today. I am nervous about that. I know I have to talk to her about things. About insiders becoming activated by our sessions, and becoming overwhelmed. Eileen said on Monday she’d try to call her and talk to her before I did. I will be honest though with Dr Barry and tell her I was avoiding her last week. Eileen encouraged me to stay my adult self when I go to see her and not to allow anyone else here to talk about this stuff. She said I should do it if possible. I know my relationship with Dr Barry is strong so I know we can work all of this out. I just hope I dont offend her or make her mad by what I have to say. I see her at 4 30 and I’ll write a blog post after I see her about how things went. Dublin was a success yesterday. The meeting with the CEO of shine was very formal. He asked me if I had questions but I didnt. I hadnt anticipated he’d be asking me if I had questions so I hadnt prepared any. That was ok though. He introduced me to all the staff in head office which was nice. They were all really friendly and we shook hands and talked a little bit. It was a long journey both ways, 3 hours each way. And I was only there for like an hour and a half in total. I got home around 5 PM and ate and just chilled out, did email, and stuff until bedtime. I met this real nice couple on the train. They were so friendly, loved Nitro, and even held him for me while I used the bathroom. I read my book on the train going up and back. I enjoyed doing that. And it meant I finished the book too. Well thats about it. I’ll blog again later today.
I’ve just finished this amazing book. Once again Cathy has written an unforgettable and memorable foster care memoir.
This is Jades story. Jade came to Cathy heavily pregnant. She was 17 and had had an argument with her mom and her mom had thrown her out. She had refused to go to a mother and baby placement because the only one free was out of the area, away from her friends, and the estate where she lived. This story was different, in that, instead of Cathy first learning of Jades situation from the social services, she learned of it through a teacher at Jades school, who was mentoring Jade. The teacher had asked Cathy to foster jade, but Cathy said it wasnt as simple as her just fostering her and encouraged the teacher to call the social services and go through the correct channels in order that Jade could come into care. The very next day after the teacher visited Cathy, Jill Cathys support social worker rang her and asked if she’d foster Jade. This was new to Cathy, who’d never before fostered a teen, and who only usually fostered younger children. But Cathy agreed to take jade for a month, until a suitable mother and baby placement could be found. On the first day when Jade came to Cathy, her boyfriend Tyler came too. Tyler is mature for his age of 16, and is a good influence on jade. During the month leading up to the birth of her baby, Jade had some very challenging behaviours that Cathy had to deal with. She was drinking heavily. Despite Cathy trying to talk to her the drinking continued and more than once she came home drunk. A few weeks into Jades foster care placement she had her baby. However instead of going then to a mother and baby placement Jades social worker Rachel asked Cathy if she’d agree to take both Jade and her new baby, while a parenting assessment of Jade was completed. So cathy agreed. When Jade came home after giving birth to her daughter, the challenging behaviour continued. She was still drinking, and she also started smoking. It culminated in a shop lifting incident and the police becoming involved. It was clear Jade wasnt coping. Cathy was doing a lot for her baby, things that Jade should be doing. It was decided that Jades baby should be taken and placed for adoption. When Jade was told she pleaded and begged her social worker not to take her baby. In the end she was not taken, jade was sent to grasslands, a special unit for teenage moms. There were strict rules there that jade had to adhere to. While she was there she’d be monitored and it would be decided wheither she was able to cope parenting her daughter. Cathy visits jade regularly when she moves to grasslands, but after 3 months, and after making a new friend, jade and her new friend start drinking one night, and her daughter falls and injures herself. Again, jades baby is almost taken but she’s given one final chance to prove herself. This time she does. I wont give away the ending, but I will say it is a happy one.
This book is a truly heart warming read. Once again Cathy puts everything she has into this placement, and although on many occasions she thinks she’s failed jade and isnt helping her in any way, the ending shows that the placement really did benefit jade in the long run. I highly recommend the book. It is a truly fabulous read.