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Damaged : the heartbreaking true story of a forgotten child

By: Glass, Cathy

0007236360 / 9780007236367
Paperback
06/08/2007
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United Kingdom
20 cm 339 p.
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Reprint. Originally published: 2006.
/ Key title Although Jodie is only eight years old, she is violent, aggressive, and has already been through numerous foster families. Her last hope is Cathy Glass. A number 1 Sunday Times Bestseller. / The 'Damaged' hardback was a Sunday Times no.1 bestseller. / This is the first memoir of its kind by a foster carer. Cathy's story exposes shocking neglect and failure by the Social Services. / Cathy is an excellent spokesperson and the author and the book's contemporary, real-life story (Jodie is still in a home) and focus on caring and women's issues, will have a wide media appeal. / Marketin

Although Jodie is only eight years old, she is violent, aggressive, and has already been through numerous foster families.

Her last hope is Cathy Glass. A number 1 Sunday Times Bestseller. At the Social Services office, Cathy (an experienced foster carer) is pressured into taking Jodie as a new placement.

Jodie's challenging behaviour has seen off five carers in four months.

Despite her reservations, Cathy decides to take on Jodie to protect her from being placed in an institution. Jodie arrives, and her first act is to soil herself, and then wipe it on her face, grinning wickedly.

Jodie meets Cathy's teenage children, and greets them with a sharp kick to the shins.

That night, Cathy finds Jodie covered in blood, having cut her own wrist, and smeared the blood over her face. As Jodie begins to trust Cathy her behaviour improves.

Over time, with childish honesty, she reveals details of her abuse at the hands of her parents and others.

It becomes clear that Jodie's parents were involved in a sickening paedophile ring, with neighbours and Social Services not seeing what should have been obvious signs. Unfortunately Jodie becomes increasingly withdrawn, and it's clear she needs psychiatric therapy.

Cathy urges the Social Services to provide funding, but instead they decide to take Jodie away from her, and place her in a residential unit. Although the paedophile ring is investigated and brought to justice, Jodie's future is still up in the air.

Cathy promises that she will stand by her no matter what -- her love for the abandoned Jodie is unbreakable.

BIC:

BM Memoirs, JFFE1 Child abuse, JKSF Adoption & fostering

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