All entries are from emails sent to Cathy, however she cannot be held liable for the validity of the claims made, some of which are very disturbing. Cathy reads and replies to as many emails as she can.
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Hello Cathy, I work closely with children who have special educational needs, such as attachment disorders, are on the autism spectrum or have behavioural problems. I would like to thank you for sharing your experiences through your books. I have been a fan of your writing, and believe they have helped me in my work. I have used your strategies and care and love. Not only have you helped all those children you have fostered over the years, but people like me, who will use your experiences to become better at what we do. I wholeheartedly thank you for helping me indirectly. I wish you health and happiness. I hope, Adrian, Lucy and Paula are well too. Lots of love.
Nazreen, 23, UK, 28/05/2017
Hi Cathy. I know you must get an abundance of emails daily but I just thought I’d tell you how amazing I think you are to give your life to look after others less unfortunate. Your books have me smiling, giggling, angry, crying uncontrollably and aching sometimes, but hats off to you – to someone who actually writes about the truth. It’s a rare thing to find these days. I wrote my dissertation at university on serious case reviews and how sometimes the system can let so children down. I think your books inspire so many people.
Jaimee, UK, 27/05/2017
I read all your books. While I have never been in care I have had dealings with social workers in my youth who let me down and again as an adult. I wish I’d had someone to save me.
I felt I had to contact you and praise you for the wonderful and inspiring person you are. Having recently retired after 40 years of working I have at last managed to take up reading again. Having read 2 of your books, Cut and Damaged, I have been in total admiration at the dedication and commitment both you and your family give to those you foster. Both books have been a real emotional read for me and I find once started it’s difficult to put them down. I now intend to read more. Well done to you and keep up the fantastic work you do.
Karen, UK, 22/05/2017
Just finished your latest, Nobody’s Son. Those adoptive “parents” made me SO ANGRY! You’d think these things would be obvious. I can hardly blame the social workers for failing to realize these people didn’t know them. The devastation, to begin with, and the very serious way it can affect them. They treated this child like a puppy. We foster dogs, and it’s sad enough when a dog comes back to the group, but a dog CAN be rehomed and, after a short adjustment period, they’re usually fine. Children don’t work that way!
Angi, US, 21/05/2017
Just wanted to say that I found a copy of Nobody’s Son in our local Walmart and finished it today. I love, love, loved that you’ve kept up with “Alex” and were able to update the ending to include that in the book itself. I’m so happy it turned out so well with his second placement even if he put them thru hell. Reminds me of the saying, “What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger”, it really applies to his story especially with that first “adoption attempt” (still shaking my head about those people). I hope he’s still succeeding in his life thus far. Thanks for the laughs and the tears.
Connie, US, 20/05/2017
Hello Cathy I just wanted to say how much I love your books. I am a 14 year old girl and in year 9 now and have been reading them since year 6. I have even read books over again because I enjoyed them so much. I love the way you write and I never want to put the book down. I have just finished reading Nobody’s son and thought it was amazing. I have also just looked at the updates and it is lovely to see how they are all getting on. I struggled in the past to find books that I enjoy and have been so glad that I found you. Thank you. Hope to hear from you. Love
Marli, UK, 19/05/2017
Hi Cathy, First of all I’d like to start off by saying you are one amazing woman! Thank you for sharing your stories. I love them and I’ve got so many. I’m a massive fan of your work. I’m currently reading your book About Writing and How to Publish. I’ve recently started a book and when I saw this was by you I had to get it. Many thanks for reading.
Jolene, UK, 19/05/2017
My disabilities wouldn’t stop me from writing you a lovely email. I would like say how amazing you are to foster all these kids over the years as well as looking after your own. I am very grateful for what u have done. Your books bring tears to my eyes, they are all very heart breaking & I enjoy reading your stories. Many thanks.
Kimberley, UK, 17/05/2017
Hi Cathy, I just wanted to say how much I loved reading Can I let You Go? It takes a very loving and generous person to foster. I think you did such a great job with Faye. I am not a parent myself but I still had tears running down my face. I’m sure the choice was not easy by any means and I admire the fact that everything was done with Edward’s best interest at heart. I will have to read your other novels. I came across your book on the way from Singapore at the airport. I read the back of the book and couldn’t put it down. Kind regards
Can I just say how amazing all your books are, I have every single hard copy and I read them over and over. Such an inspiration. I could read and read your stories!
Shannon, UK, 10/05/2017
Hi Cathy, I have just finished reading your book, Damaged. It has affected me profoundly. I know you’ve received well deserved praise for your efforts with Jodie and as a carer for others. I too applaud you. I am not a foster child or carer, but I do have my own story. My daughter works in child protection. I hope one day she and I can use our strengths and experiences to help children (and women) from hopeless and desperate situations. Your book has inspired me. Kind regards
Jaci, Australia, 09/05/2017
Dear Cathy, I am a nursery nurse and started to read your books just before Christmas. I have learnt so much that I have been able to put it to practice and have you to thank for that! It has inspired me to carry on my degree in early years and take it down another route of social care. I have also made the decisions that when in a position I would like to foster children. Many thanks.
Felicity, UK, 09/05/2017
Hi Cathy, My daughter told me that she emailed you telling you how much we adore reading your books and she EVEN received a reply from you. That’s amazing! Yes we love your books. I’m even reading them all again at this very moment. I just finished your last one Nobody’s son. I found it unbearably heartbreaking and wanted to shake Edward and Elizabeth for what they did to poor Alex. It could have worked if they had given it more time. I think they also thought they were too upper-class for poor little Alex. I think you’re an amazing writer. I can’t put your books down. Well done as you always say in your books. Kind regards
Fay, UK, 07/05/2017
Hi Cathy, Yesterday I finished “Cut” and I was in tears. It is the best book I have ever read. Just wanted to say that you are doing a great job. I hope you hear from Dawn. And my mom has also started to read. May god bless you. Love you Cathy.
Niveda, 15, India, 07/05/2017
Hello Cathy, my nana is in her 70s with lots of free time on her hands. She came across one of your books “Damaged” and was so enthused about it she demanded that I read it. I have to say I couldn’t put it down and have gone on to read many more of your books. Your books are a daily part of both mine and my Nana’s lives now. To think there are so many children out there who need a good home, love and support – you are truly one of life’s angels. Thank you for sharing your story with us.
Hello. I just wanted to say I love your books, and the touching and heart wrenching stories of your fostering. I was fostered as a young baby, and then adopted by an aunt. I picked up one of your books, read it in a day and a half, and immediately ordered 7 more. I have a broken leg, and have been laid up already for 3 months, so it’s been great to have these true to life stories told. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences! Sincerely
Hi Cathy I have been an avid reader of your books from the first. We wait with patience and excitement until the next one is published. I have loved being part of your family and stories too. I am adopted and I have four boys so it’s always very hectic and rowdy here. I always wish you could pop over for a day and give us a tip or two on having calm. I have bought your bringing up books and read them slowly implementing the tips you All the best
Hi, I just want to start off by saying you are amazing, I have literally just started reading one of your books. I’m up to the fourth chapter and I cannot put it down, it’s so good. I’m glad I found your books. My sister is in love with your books as well. Keep doing what you’re doing, you’re truly an amazing person. Sending my love and support from all the way in.
Emma, Australia, 01/05/2017
Dear Cathy, I became a great lover of your books after my very 1st book Another Forgotten Child what I read in February this year. After that I was hooked and am now on my 6thbook. Every book brought me a lot of tears of sadness and of joy, there are so many emotional moments. I am single mum to a wonderful girl and been through many bad things but I have survived, flourished and became stronger than the abuser. I am not dwelling on the past. I wish you all the best and world is so much better with people like you. Sincerely
Roza, Scotland, 01/05/2017