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Book review-The night the angels came, by Cathy Glass

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.

Book review-A babys cry by Cathy Glass

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.

Book review-Please dont take my baby by Cathy Glass

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.

Book reviews

I’m going to start writing book reviews on my blog. It will be another regular feature that I will do.
Right now I am reading a Cathy Glass book. Its called please dont take my baby. I’m on chapter five of it so once I am done I will write a review of it on here.
Cathy Glass is a UK foster parent. She has over 20 books and they are all available on audible, kindle, as well as in paperback.
They are all amazing and I highly recommend them.

Book review-Saving Danny by Cathy Glass

I just read this book, Saving Danny, by Cathy glass. It was a great read.
Danny, aged six, comes to Cathy as a foster child, when his mother, Reeva, isnt coping. His father is also in the picture, but he works a lot, and is hardly ever there.
When danny first arrives, his behaviour is really bad, he has tantrums, melt downs, and it is clear something is wrong. In fact on the day his social worker is due to bring him to Cathy, he runs away, and Cathy has to go searching for him, with the police, and other members of staff from his school.
They eventually find him. He has a lot of quirks, like making patterns, eating his food in order of colors, etc. Cathy and his social worker think he may be autistic, but his father doesnt want him assessed.
It turns out that his father had a brother who had Cerebral palsy, and he then thinks Danny is as disabled as his brother was. But he clearly isnt.
I wont spoil the ending but it was a good ending and the book is well worth a read.
Danny has a rabbit George, who he has a very special bond with. He finds it so difficult to express himself, but he really relates to George, and when he’s with him is able to open up and say how he’s really feeling. Its very moving to read and made me cry a few times.
I highly recommend the book, and its Cathys newest book It was just released in March of this year.