WHERE HAS MUMMY GONE?
When I was asked to foster Melody, aged eight, I was sure I’d heard it all before. Melody was the last of five siblings to be taken into care. Her single mother was a long term intravenous drug user who couldn’t cope and had neglected her children.
Yes, I was sure I’d heard it all before during my long fostering career until…
Melody started talking about her mother, constantly worrying if she had remembered to eat, wash, or even get out of bed. Many children who come into care worry about their parents but this was unlike anything I’d come across before. Then her mother suddenly disappeared and what had really been going on at home became all too clear.