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This lady has my utmost respect for what she dose, and how she can change a child's life. I want to be so much like Cathy lol. Respect and love. I'm now becoming a social worker to help where I can and maybe help a few mistreated souls know the way. Thanks. You're my idol, my rock and strength. I was lucky I could help myself by a certain age, but some not so lucky. Its hard when you can't trust adults. Blessings.
Hi Cathy, I just wanted you to know that your book Happy Kids is amazing! There are definitely less tears and tantrums now :). My son is very challenging and at present your book has help me and my husband loads!! I was also pleased to read about the different additives as my son as recently seen a dietician and I asked her for advice about this and she was no help at all. So thank you for this wonderful book.
Hi Cathy, I have read almost all of your books. I am 14 years old. I am not in foster care and cannot begin to relate what you, your family, or these children have gone through. You opened my eyes to what really goes on and how our world really needs to change. You are one of the most amazing authors I have had the pleasure of reading because your impact on these children and the world is astonishing. I hope more books are written by you in future. These stories have shown me that I'm lucky to have a loving family, and the problems that I have as a teenager, for example, not getting a boyfriend or not having perfect skin all the time are really not as important as it seems. I think you are such an inspiring woman and I truly look up to you and all you do for everyone around you. Thank you for taking the time to write!
Dear Cathy, I love your books. They are inspirational. I read one where there was a little girl afraid of the closet by the kitchen, I believe. I cannot remember the title and which child it was regarding. I was wondering if you could tell me? I am a mother of 2 small children and in many ways our situations are alike. I find much comfort in your stories of how you deal with the foster children as well as your own. I do not think that I could do the things you do with fostering. You are a great credit to those children that need that kind of support you offer. I just wanted to tell you how much your stories mean. Thank You
CG: Thanks Brandy. The book you refer to is A Baby’s Cry, little Ellie was petrified of the cupboard under the stairs.
Hi Cathy, I am delighted that I can now follow you on Twitter and thanks for responding to my tweets. I have just finished reading 'Don't Take My Baby' and I loved it - another great book. The only thing I dislike is that I get so engrossed in all your books that I stay up late and read them and often finish them in a day or two. Your books are so easy to read and such fascinating stories, I have recommended many to friends and family - even to people that don't usually read and they all love them. The fact that they are based on real life situations is sometimes saddening but also inspirational, I love that you provide updates on what happens next in most cases. I also enjoy reading about your own children and how they adapt to the different children and situations that your family faces. I am pretty sure I have read all your books and I can not wait for your next book. Please don't stop writing. All the books are brilliant and enjoyable. Your family must be very proud, as must you. I often laugh out loud or cry on the train as I read travelling to and from work. I am sure fellow commuters must wonder what is the matter with me. Thanks for writing these amazing books and I am excited for the next one already. Regards
Tara, UK, 21/05/2013
I really wanted to thank you. I knew I would enjoy your book Please Don't Take My Baby but I didn't expect to be personally helped by it. When I was reading about Grasslands I thought that Jade was lucky to get in. When she moved there I found myself almost shouting at her to obey the rules set there. I felt she couldn't see that she should obey the rules so that she could succeed in what was probably her last chance. I wanted to remind her how lucky she was and that it was worth following simple rules. I then realised that I needed to apply this to my own life. I am 29 years old now and have been in and out of psychiatric wards and secure units since I was 15. Between the ages of 19 and 28 I spent only four months all together in supported accommodation and the rest of the time in psychiatric hospitals with varying degrees of security. I am now living in my own flat in a supported housing project and I love it here. However there are some difficult rules and I had been rebelling against them a lot and feeling angry and trying to sneakily break them and do what I wanted. I am on a community treatment order which means that if I don't stick to the criteria set out then I can get recalled into hospital. This is probably my last chance at freedom. I saw how my situation was similar to Jade's and I realised that these rules are in place for my own good, and it is worth following them if it means that I get the result I want, namely living here and having much more freedom and independence than ever before. I wanted to thank you so much for sharing Jade's story and helping me step back from my own situation and to see what is the sensible thing to do. Thank you too for all your books and keeping me entertained. You are a brilliant author and obviously fantastic at fostering and helping so many children. Love
Rachel, UK, 21/05/2013
Hi Cathy, I just wanted to contact you and say how inspiring your books are and what an amazing, patient foster parent you must be. I want to be a social worker and I hope I'm lucky enough to work with professionals such as yourself if I do :)
Megan, UK, 20/05/2013
Hi Cathy, I've read your books and I would like to say that I think ur an inspiration to all the children you have looked after over the years. I'm currently studying children and young people workforce in college. I would love to follow in your footsteps one day when I'm older. Looking forward to hearing from you soon
Kaylie, UK, 20/05/2013
Dear Cathy, myself and my husband are not able to have children so we have decided to go down the road of fostering. We are in the very early stages of the process, however I picked up one of your books as I am in to true life stories. You can imagine my delight at discovering the story was all about your true life as a foster carer! Your books are helping us both enormously by giving us an insight as to what being a foster carer is all about, and how to possibly handle situations as they arise. Thank you so much for writing your books. They are a fabulous read and ones which, regardless of the outcome of our own personal journey towards fostering will stay on our bookshelves forever! With best wishes to you and your family.
Jo and James, UK, 19/05/2013
Cathy, I am a massive fan of your books and have read most of them. I think you are an amazing person and writer. I have just finished reading "Please Don't Take My Baby" and thought it was a brilliant book. I just went on your the books page of your website and there is a book called "Will You Love Me". I cant wait to read it.
Katie, UK, 19/05/2013
Hey Cathy, I haven't emailed in ages but I have been trying to keep up to date with your books. You've inspired me so much and have played a major part in helping so many people, me included. I love that you always have space in your heart for 1 more, not many people are like that. I am nearing the end of my journey at school and about to start college, I am going to do a childcare diploma I still want to foster. I really look forward to a time when I can finally work with children, I love them so much. I have volunteered at a local nursery to gain some experience. Cathy, you're such an inspiration to so many people, you deserve a medal for all you have done. Your children are so lucky to have you. Every time I read one of your books my heart goes out to the poor children and everything they have been through, I also admire and look up to you very much. Every time I have gone through a rough patch at school or home I have thought of you and used it as encouragement and motivation to carry on. Hopefully one day I can be as amazing, inspirational and brilliant as you in what I do. Love from
Dear Cathy, I started reading your books few yeas ago. However, it is only until recently that I have the courage to write you this email. This is my first time writing an email to you. I just want to thank you for being such an inspiration in my life. Few years back then, I were facing a problem in life. I had a quarrel with the popular girls in my school and soon, I became the victim of bullying. Not knowing who to talk to, I resorted to self-cut and I started to skip school. I would spend time crying at home. However, everything changed after I read your book - Cut. I guess it was fate that I found your book because it really changed my life...
The love and care you showed really inspired me. I looked up to you as my role model. And I told myself that I should learn to count my blessings and I should definitely stop hurting myself. I stepped out of my comfort zone and went back to school and continued with my studies. I also participate in a lot of volunteering events. I want to pass the love to others as well. Thank you for being such an inspiration to me. :) With love,
WeiQing, Singapore, 19/05/2013
Hello Cathy, I would just like to let you know I have read all of your books and cannot wait for Lucy's story to come out on the 12th of September. You and your books are truly amazing. You are such a kind hearted and brilliant person to be able to do what you do, run a home, look after your children and then the troubled children you foster, while also writing your books. You are like a hero to me and you have inspired me in so many ways. I want to be a social worker and then maybe a foster parent when I'm older and this is because of you. I hope you bring out many more books. If you have the time to email me back I would love to know about you, your job and the children you have fostered and if you are bringing any more books out as I truly cannot wait to read them. Yours sincerely. A huge fan
Sophie L, 17, 18/05/2013
Hi Cathy, I am a massive fan of your books. So far I have read Damaged, Hidden, Another Forgotten Child, Cut and Please Don't Take My Baby which I have just read in 4 days flat. I couldn't put it down. I work as a nursery nurse and share your passion for babies and children. Your stories delight me in how much care you give and love, and how you help the children you care for. I felt I needed to tell you how much I enjoy your books and I cry with every story. I was very moved by the story of Aimee in Another Forgotten Child. I really enjoyed Please Don't Take My Baby I could not put this down. Please carry on sharing your stories with us I look forward to the next book which I am starting tonight, Cut. Thank you again, much love
Chloe, 25, Kent, UK, 17/05/2013
Dear Cathy, I'm a 14 year old girl from Australia and I absolutely LOVE your books. I bought one on Sunday afternoon and had finished it by Wednesday morning. The majority of my pocket money goes on your books. I just wanted to let you know that at school we had to write about someone who we thought deserved an award for being a hero, and I wrote about you, because you're an inspiration to me. I would love it if we could have a chat of some sort one day. Love
Taylor, Australia, 16/05/2013
Hi Cathy I love all your books I am a big fan of yours.
Claire G, 16/05/2013
Good morning Cathy, You really do have an amazing ability to write books, so interesting. Having recently finished "Please Don't Take My Baby", I found it a wonderful book, albeit rather harrowing at times, I was terrified that Jade would lose her beautiful daughter. You make such a difference to so many lives, if only more people had your love and compassion for other human beings. It must have been so hard for you having Jade knowing that at any time things could go wrong for her. I wish her much love and good luck for the future. Once again Cathy, thank you for letting the readers into your world. Love to you as always.
Dear Cathy, I just want to thank you for helping me read books again. Almost 30 years ago I stopped reading books as I was never able to settle into reading and found it frustrating! Now I cannot put your books down and have stopped watching television as I cannot wait to curl up with my book. Thank you for your amazing work you have done with the children you have fostered and shown the human side of fostering. Kind regards
Hi Cathy, I am so inspired by your novels. I am 17 and currently studying English literature at Sixth form. I love reading your books and I can't wait to read The Night The Angles came and A Baby's Cry. I read about The Night The Angles Came on the internet and it sounds like such a touching story. Your books seem to get me hooked and I can't put them down. They are so interesting and it's truly amazing what you have done and given all those children. It has inspired me to look into fostering when I am older. It would be great to hear back from you and if possible could you email back to this email address, thank you.
Have just finished reading about Jade, and once again you've done a beautiful job of recounting the story. I admit, at one point during the book, I could have boxed her around the ears!!! Actually, at several points in the book!!! I just don't know how you stay so patient with them! I'm thrilled to read the update on her and Tyler. I'm sure that outcome doesn't happen very often. NZ has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the world, and the stories are nearly always bad. Hard to know what the answers are, but somehow we seem to be getting it wrong. People blame the welfare system, but that's far too simplistic. I don't buy into that argument. I hope you and your family are all well, and that you are still getting as much enjoyment out of fostering as always. Do you think you will ever retire from fostering? I suppose it's not something that you just "retire" from lol.
Charlotte Q, New Zealand. 15/05/2013
I would just like to say, I have read five of your books and think they are incredible. This world needs people like you for these children and we need you to keep witting about them. Thank you and good luck.
Helen, UK, 15/05/2013
Wow. My daughter is a Child Protective Service investigator. Someone gave her "The Saddest Girl in the World" and she gave it to me to read and we are hooked. I have read five of your books in the last 10 days (while working full time. I am asking my daughter does this really happen and is this the way some of the social workers act? The answer is yes and yes Oh goodness. As you understand she is not able to "share" what she sees. My daughter had to drive two children over 60 miles to a "foster home" last week as we are in a "foster home crisis". How are all of your three children doing as adults? And how are your wonderful parents and brother's family. I LOVE it that you and your children always had their support. Thank you again for all you have done looking after children and showing them love and what "normal" is. I would love to give you the biggest HUGS and THANKS.
Linda, Texas, USA, 14/05/2013
Hi Cathy, I have read your stories and I wish the world was filled with a million of you, as I believe you are such an amazing and inspirational person. I had a rough childhood (and as a grown woman I guess I am still dealing with it if I am honest). I hope to become a foster carer one day to be able to help other children. Your stories, your strength, your passion and amazingly big heart are all so admirable. I also think your kids are amazing to be so supportive and caring towards the kids you foster as well. I have laughed out loud, cried, felt my heart break and then mend again through your stories. I thank you so much for sharing them, and giving a voice to real life tragedy and the hope that things can change. Thank you.
Megan, Australia, 13/05/2013
Dear Cathy...I just had to email you I've just found your books FANTASTIC. I've read two in five days cant put them down. I started with Please Don't Take My Baby and have now found Damaged and Hidden. So far the two that I have read have brought me to tears....your are a remarkable woman. Thank you for sharing your wonderful stories I intend to read them all. Kind regards
Karen, UK, 13/05/2013
Hey Cathy I read your book "Please Don't Take My Baby”. I am also a teenage mum and I enjoy reading books that I can find something in common with. My story is not a lot like Jade's but similar. At 17 I got pregnant and found out at 25 weeks. Hoped for abortion but the NHS refused. My parents took me to my home country hoping I could get an abortion there. However they refused too. Soon after my dad made me leave the family home and I moved in with the baby's father who became abusive. Long story short I am now at university, living alone with my child who I love so much and working in a care home when ever I am not at Uni. Please send me an email it will mean a lot to me! Ps u r a great author and a wonderful person .Regards
CG: Well done for turning your life around. x
Hi Cathy, I have read every single one of your books and I think I have enjoyed Jade's story the most, probably because it wasn't abusive and more just a troubled young girls story. I'm glad she and her lovely family turned out good in the end. You're obviously a fantastic foster carer and mum. Don't know how you do it to be honest. I have two gorgeous girls and sometimes they're hard enough to cope with between my husband and me, so a huge well done to you. I am already looking forward to your next book. A quick hello by reply would be fab if you're not too busy. Thanks.
Julie, UK, 13/05/2013
Hello. I am a young reader - 16. I think you are an amazing person and an inspiration to so many people. I have read all your books and love every single one of them. I have always wanted to work with children and I think once I'm a bit older I want to become a foster carer as you have inspired me so much. Thanks Cathy.
Hello, I currently work for an outdoor activity centre for children as an instructor. Working with the children I am dreading the day a child comes to me and tells me something horrible has happened at home or outside. Reading your books helps a lot. After reading Damaged I was hooked and read other books that you have written. All your books pull so many of my heart strings. I can't help but cry when reading them. I think you are a one in a million and do a great job looking after kids. Many thanks and appreciate what you do. Yours sincerely
Hi Cathy, have just finished reading Please Don't Take My Baby. What an amazing story. It made me cry a few times when they were going to take Jade's baby. I hope they go on to do well in life am sure they will because of your help. You are a remarkable lady and thank you for helping and doing what you do. Looking forward to your next book. Thanks
Hi Cathy, to be honest I knew nothing about any of your books until I was in Malta this week. They have many books in the English language so I thought I'd take advantage of that and see if I could find something to read on the flight back to Denmark. I went into a shop directly under the hotel I was staying in and picked up 2 books, one of which was 'Please Don't Take My Baby'. I thought it sounded interesting (I don't normally read many books). I bought the book yesterday afternoon and finished it today (11th May). I couldn't put it down, I wanted to know what happened next. It was a great book and I am considering finding more. I think it is great what you do for the kids and I admire your strength and courage. I have read the update. Thanks again and I look forward to more of your books - I recommend them!
Mel, Denmark, 11/05/2013
Hi, I love to read your books. When I start I just can't stop even if I'm really tired. I love the ones about Jodie and Tayo. It takes me 1 day to read your books. I think you are amazing. I have brought 6 books of yours so far on kindle and on my ipad, and I'm yet to buy more. I just love your books. Thank you. Please reply
Amanda R, UK, 11/05/2013
I have just finished reading ‘Please Don't Take My Baby'. It's the third book of yours I have read. You are an inspiration and it is a comfort to know there are people like you to care for these ‘Damaged' children. Thank you
Nora C, UK, 11/05/2013
Hello, I was just on the internet seeing how many books I have left to read of yours when I saw your email address. I thought I'd write to say I enjoy your books and would like to say you are an amazing person. You've helped so many kids its amazing :) What year did you start fostering? I'm trying to figure out because your book "Mummy Told Me Not To Tell" mentions Blue Peter
Shannon, UK, 11/05/2013
CG: Thanks Shannon, I’ve been fostering for over 25 years.
Hey Cathy, just finished your recent book Please Don't Take My Baby. Was a very enjoyable but heart wrenching book, really glad I received your email telling me that it was on sale :). What a fabulous story and made me so happy. Enjoyed all the more as me and jade have to things in common such as our name and we are both TA's :) :). I really really enjoy reading books you have written and have brought and read everyone of your book so far. Do hope to hear from you soon. Hope Adrian and Paula are all ok x
I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your book Another Forgotten Child. You are a spectacular person. My daughter was abused by her step-father and I never new until years later - after we'd divorced. I just feel for those poor children. God Bless You
Hi, I am a support social worker and have been working with foster careers for 19 years. I currently work for an independent fostering agency. I love all your books and they make wonderful reference points for me and the carers I work with. When assessing new carers I recommend your books to enable them insight of the task of fostering. Best wishes and thanks
Michelle, UK, 10/05/2013
Dear Cathy, just wanted to say what another great book Please Don't Take My Baby is. I have put a comment on Amazon. Read it as usual in about 24 hours. We are hoping to go back to a bit of respite fostering soon. I am now a family support worker as well which I also find very rewarding and having done fostering is very useful. Keep up the good work and looking forward to the new book in September. Thanks
Nicky, UK, 10/05/2013
Dear Cathy, I have read and thoroughly enjoyed all of your books. I have always wanted to become a foster carer and reading your books gave me the determination to proceed. I gave up my job last year and, as I type I am sat enjoying breakfast with a gorgeous little girl who came to us 4 weeks ago.
I am so glad I went ahead and as I said it was reading your books that inspired me. Thank you for your books. Here's to many more. Kind regards
Leanne, UK, 10/05/2013
I've just read one of your books 'Please Don't Take My Baby' and it is a very emotional book. Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down until I finished. The support and help you do is amazing. You are an inspirational person.
I can't wait to find more of your books and read them. I am also a Torey Hayden fan. I hope one day I can become a foster carer and have the strength and courage you have.
Hi Cathy, Please Don't Take My Baby, just like all your other books, has left me sleep deprived following late nights addicted to your book! I have left a review on Amazon and I will try and leave reviews regarding the other books also when I have time. Will you ever write about Lucy's story? Or is that too personal? I always hope you end up keeping the children (I know you don't, or else you would end up like the Waltons). I would love to read about Lucy's story and how you came about adopting her. Wishing you a lovely weekend! :)
Natalie S, 09/05/2013
CG: Thanks. Lucy’s story will be published in September. It is called Will You Love Me?
Hi Cathy, I am on the 3rd one of your books. I happened upon the first one by mistake and glad I did! I am presently reading one of your books that hits close to home but I didn't end up I foster care. Great job. Love your writing
Dear Cathy, I stumbled across 'Damaged' in a charity shop last year, bought it and within 24 hours was itching to read more of your books. A year on and I have read all of your books. I love the way you write, I feel as if I am sitting in your living room watching. I have an image of your home and family in my head. You are a lovely lady and do a wonderful job with the children you foster. You have inspired me to maybe do it myself one day, when I am older and settled with a family of my own. I am looking forward to Lucy's story being released later this year. Not that I want to spoil anything for anyone else, but please tell me there will still be more after that? Keep going as you are. Best Wishes,
Chloe, Norwich, England, 09/05/2013
CG: Yes, I am still writing so there are more books to follow.
Hi Cathy, I am a childcare student with a real passion for your books. Through them I have learnt a lot about managing children's behavior and safeguarding them from abuse. You and your books are an inspiration and you have helped so many children. Thank god someone like you is around to support them. I too would love to be a foster carer in the years to come.
Ashleigh, UK, 09/05/2013
Hi Cathy, wanted you to know that I have just read Donna's story (The Saddest Girl in the World) and was deeply moved by this story. The abuse that poor little innocent girl had to endure was just awful. I'm so glad that she had you to help and love her through. I have just started reading Aimee's story now. Once again you really are an amazing person. When I get bad days with my own children when I'm stressed out I always think of you and your stories and how lucky me and my family are. Thank u once again x
Hey I'm a 19 year old male I just wanted to say I enjoyed reading one of your books – Another Forgotten Child - which I bought on Saturday, started reading it on Sunday and finished it this morning (Thursday). Well done for not giving up on your fostering. I don't know what else to say, but well done. Keep up the good work. I'll be looking forward to reading many more of your books. :)
CG: Thanks. Many men read my books.
Hi Cathy I recently started reading your books and instantly became addicted to them. I have just completed Please Don't Take My Baby that took me 36 hours to read. I think you do a fantastic job with the children you foster, and have taken some tips from your books on parenting my own children. My nearly teenager becomes frustrated with me when I question him. After reading about Jade and you not asking too many questions made me realize that I must be a right nag to my son, so I am trying different ways to find out what he is up to at school and with friends without asking direct question. Keep up the brilliant work you and your family do for the children placed with you. All the best for the future.
Nikola, UK, 08/05/2013
CG: Thanks Nikola. You may also find my book Happy Kids useful in respect of parenting your nearly-teenager son. x
I just finished reading "Please Don't Take My Baby". I'm wide awake and the bit where jade told U to leave her flat had me floods tears :' What a great ending, and well done to Jade. She has come a long way on her own and also with big help from Tyler who seems a star. And not forgetting U Cathy, you are a angel in everything you do. You have the warmest heart anyone could have. How U help the children U foster. Well done. Look forward to your next book. I will have plenty tine to read the whole series again as I'm going into hospital for an operation soon.
Lisa, UK, 08/05/2013
Hi Cathy. I have just finished reading Please Don't Take My Baby, I have read quite a few of your books. Jade's story really touched me....you helped her so much and her success is a credit to you, her and Tyler. I am now reading Another Forgotten Child. I am single and am desperate for a child. I have thought of fostering and adoption but I worry I would be too attached if I fostered, and I'm not sure I would clear all adoption checks as I have depression and am on very low income. I just wanted to say what an inspiration I think you are and keep up the great work. Hope you reply. Regards
Hayley, UK, 07/05/2013
Hi Cathy, I have just finished reading Please Don't Take My Baby, which until the end when I saw that you had a web site I hadn't realized was a true story. It was a beautiful story, and you must be a remarkable person, so patient, kind and understanding. I hope that Jade, Tyler and Courtney are still doing well; what a remarkable turn around, you must be so proud of yourself. I am just going to find another of your books to download to my kindle. Best Wishes
I have so much to say to you so much, first I would like to say it's a honour to meet you. I admire you for giving back to the community by becoming a foster carer. It takes a special person to be a foster parent, patient, understanding and so forth. You have gone above and beyond the call of duty. I was taken from my mom at the age of four and put in foster care till the age of eight and I was adopted until I was fourteen. I was in this hell hole, raped by their son at the age of 9 to 14. It has affected my life so much. I'm 34 now and I don't trust men. My doctors all are females and my kid's doctors are females. My adoptive parents abused my physically, mentally, and emotionally. I have the emotional scars in me till this day. My life is lived in constant fear. I have OCD because I think I didn't have control of those situations back then so now that I do I have OCD. There is so much I want to tell you. Please write back.
K, USA, 07/05/2013
CG: I replied to K's email.
Dearest Cathy, Once again I would like to congratulate you on your newest book! You have a beautiful talent on the way you write! You manage to make me smile and shed a tear at the same time! The children that you fostered were lucky to have you as their foster parent, since you really know how to make them feel loved! Keep up the good work! I am looking forward to reading your next book!
Christine, Malta, 07/05/2013
Hi just finished new book and loved it. You did an amazing job with Jade. I am a foster carer with local authority. I have a wonderful baby boy at present, 10 months of age who has been with us since birth. Have read all your books and love them. Hope Jade an family doing well. Take care
Myra, UK, 06/05/2013
Hiya just read another great book of yours "Please Don't Take My Baby". I've read all your books and love them all. Just wish I didn't read them all so quick though!! Just read the update on your website. The book had me in tears but was glad of the ending. After reading all your books, I really would love to foster but I really don't think I would be stronger enough. I have 2 small girls as well but maybe once they are grown up I will. My daughter goes to school with 2 foster children and didn't realize until after talking to the foster dad at school that they are crying out for foster carers, I have looked into it but as I don't have a spare room. Maybe once they are a bit order I will be able to help the poor children that have had awful up bringing. Makes you realize just how lucky we. Hope I don't have to wait to long for the next book!. Many thanks
Leanne, UK, 06/05/2013
Dear Cathy, I am from Kingdom of Bahrain (the middle east). I hope all is well with you. When I first read "Damaged” and "Mummy Told Me Not To Tell" I thought about emailing you but I hesitated and I didn't know what to say, now that I have just finished "Another Forgotten Child" you deserve to know how talented and amazing you are ! I AM MOVED I AM INSPIRED I AM TOUCHED!! At first I couldn't believe what these children go through. I guess sometimes we forget that there are those who are less fortunate and weak who just need a helping hand and a fresh start. You had the courage/guts/patience and kindness to think about those who really seek help, you have taken in children out of the gutter for a second chance to life, a chance they would have never had if it wasn't for you. What you do is incredible and writing about it just how much you care to reach out to the world and give them your message. Reading these stories have moved me in such a way that I simply cannot put into words. Putting so much detail in them It was almost like I was there. I cried, I laughed, I got angry and anxious ,,, all my feeling were put in each of these stories. I am a HUGE HUGE HUGE FAN of your work and of you and your family, and that your work is highly appreciated and recognized by your readers. I cannot express anymore how much you are amazing and how much you have touched and moved me. I wish you the best of luck always, with a life of huge success and happiness ... and with all this hard work I am sure (Allah) God will reward you in the end. I will be reading the rest of your stories. GOD BLESS YOU CATHY GLASS.... Your biggest Fan yet,
Khadija, Bahrain, 06/05/2013
Hay!!! Read some of you books! There fantastic!!!! At the moment am reading "A Baby's Cry" I've just finished "Please Don't Take My Baby" am trying to find "Damaged". I've even got my sister reading your books :) she loves them!!! Have you got a book about Lucy, the girl you adopted? Thanks.
Chloe, UK, 06/05/2013
CG: Thank you. Lucy’s story will be out in September. It is called Will You Love Me?
Hello. I'd like to thank you. I've read quite a few of your books recently. You've inspired me to do foster caring myself (when I'm done with gcses and college and stuff). I've always had a gift with children. They love me and I love them. I've always wanted to do something with children but childcare would be too easy (I'm predicted Bs and As in my gcses). I'd never thought about fostering. The fact that you have helped to heal some of the emotional wounds that the children who come to you have is really inspiring. And you've helped me decide that I'd love to do that in my future.
Megan, UK, 05/05/2013
Hi Cathy, I'm 17 years old and currently reading 'Please Don't Take My Baby'. What a wonderful book it is! I can't normally sit down and read a book, but this time, I've got so into it, I've nearly read the whole thing in two days! What a wonderful job you do! Keep up the good work, I look forward to reading more of your books!
Hi Cathy, I'm 15 and I am sitting my GCSE's in the next couple of weeks! It takes a lot of effort for me to sit down and read a book because I get distracted very easily and not many things interest me, (most of my teachers have given up on me because I tend to be the loud and hyperactive one...oops!) So I never seemed to read any books, until I came across your book 'Mummy Told Me Not To Tell' on the shelf in Tesco. Since then I have read every single one of your books and every one has a different heart aching and touching storyline. (I always cry at the endings!) I think you are truly amazing at what you do. Since I began reading your books you have become my role model! In the future I would love to become a Policewoman and/or a Foster Carer as I want to make a difference to young people's lives! Thank you for your time, hope you and your family are all well. Lots of love
Eleanor. UK, 03/05/2013
Can I just start by saying what a wonderful person you are. What you do is truly inspirational and I admire you very much. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us. I've nearly read all the collection just need to track down Happy Mealtimes for Kids now. All the best for the future, wishing you and your children lots of happiness. Yours truly
Cathy I sat down and read Damaged cover to cover, which was lent to me. I must say I had a lot of different emotions going thru me as I read it, but could not put it down. I was wondering how Jodie is getting on now...I know u cant say a lot but it has been 6 years since u wrote the book and just wondered how she doing. I am embarking in a new career in fostering as I write. I shall read more of ur books because I feel it will help me with reading ur experiences. Thanks for all u do.
CG: Thanks Jackie, good luck with the fostering. There are updates about all the children, on my website.
Thank you for taking the time to tell us of your life experience with all of these kids. I'm seriously thinking about fostering myself. I'm divorced and try to keep a balance as much as I can for each of my kids, though one of them doesn't speak to me. He lives with his dad but I have never bad mouthed their father. I'm hoping as he becomes a man my son will speak to me. Reading your books makes me feel so humbled. I have enjoyed them so much. Thanks for making me believe there's hope.
Liz, UK, 01/05/2013
I would just like to say how amazing you are. I've read most of your books and I can never put then down until I've finished! I've just finished “The Night the Angels Came", I was very moved by this book. You're such an amazing person. I'm only 19 with a 7 month old son. And I would like to think that if anything happened to me or his dad that he would be looked after by someone like you xx
Dear Cathy Glass, I am an eighteen year old young lady who was born and raised in an African country called Botswana. I have read some of your work and just like the millions of people out there, I truly believe you are heaven sent for people like me. I shall be going for my Bachelors Degree in economics in our local University and I must say this, I am surprised I even made it this far in my life. I wish to write a book too some day. Yours faithfully
Ruth, Botswana, 01/05/2013
I have read all of your books, I'm such a big fan, and as soon as I've read your last book I long for you to release your next. You are such an inspiration I hope you have plenty more books left to write! I've just finished reading the follow up on Courtney, jade and Tyler and so thrilled to hear everything worked out. People are so quick to judge young couples and think they won't last together. What a fabulous example of fighting for what they believe in. Please keep up the brilliant work
Rachael, UK, 01/05/2013
I find each story told by Cathy heart wrenching. To believe innocent children go through this is heart breaking and you can only commend Cathy, not only for how she tells the story but by how she helps each individual child. I started off reading 'Another Forgotten Child' and quickly moved on to 'Please Don't Take My Baby.' I would recommend anyone to read these books. Once you pick them up, there so hard to put down.
Katie, UK, 01/05/2013
I have read most of your books and I'm a MASSIVE fan. I just wish there were more people like u in this world. I have just finished your new book Please Don't Take My Baby. It only took me 12 hours to read. u made me think about when I had my first baby I was only 17 and my god it was hard, but I didn't and haven't given up. I now have 3 beautiful girls and its very hard work but reading ur books has helped me in dealing with things at home. Thank u so much. Looking forward to reading more xx
Hello Cathy! I have just finished reading "Hidden". Tayo's story had me in tears! I must say, you are a wonderful person! The children's lives you touch, and help.... It's good to know that there are people who care. Best wishes,
Just read Please Don't Take My Baby. It was truly moving. I hope Jade is well.
Hi Cathy, I bought Please Don't Take My Baby last Friday and finished it today!
Another great book from you. Thanks. Keep up the good work. I look forward to your next book. Best wishes
Hi Cathy, I have read all of your books and I'm always waiting for the next one to come out. I grew up in care and your book Damaged was a very similar story of my life. I cry and laugh at your books which are written to such detail I feel I'm in the same room. I was a lucky child who had a great foster family like yours. Next year I will start my training and paperwork to be a foster carer to give something back. I've wanted to do this for a very long time and your books have made me more determined than ever. I hope you and your family are all well, I would like to write a book of my life but wouldn't no where to begin. If you could email me back that would be great. Look forward to hearing from you, Kind regards
Kylie, UK, 29/04/2013
Hi Cathy, I just wanted to write to you to tell you that I absolutely love reading your books. It amazes me how a person can be so warm, caring and passionate about opening up their home to so many vulnerable children. I find reading your stories very sad at times but ultimately incredibly encouraging that foster carers like you exist. I am a social worker from the UK, now living in Australia but I have never worked in child protection because I don't think I would be able to emotionally deal with the role. I work in mental health and drug health services and see firsthand the impact a traumatic childhood can have on a person. I just wanted to say I think it is fantastic that you share your experiences working as a foster carer as hopefully others will get a real picture of what it is like and hopefully will encourage others to foster as well. Keep doing what you're doing. Regards,
Louise, Australia, 28/04/2013
Dear Cathy, I hope you are doing well and your children Adrian and Paula are well. Since I started reading your amazing books I have wanted to contact you. Would just like to tell you that when I am reading your books, I get this feeling that I am there and seeing it with my eyes. I feel so close to you and Adrian and Paula & the foster children, I feel sorry for them. My next book I have brought is “I Miss Mummy“, which I will start tomorrow. I can not wait to start it and I am excited. I have cried with happiness and sadness while reading your books. I hope that you continue fostering and continue writing and helping children who are under-privileged. You have inspired me and I thinking of a career In helping change lives of children, a social service worker or a foster carer. You are very inspiring, I hope to hear back from you Cathy. I hope you continue writing books, and continue helping kids. I would also like to thank you, as your parenting tips and tricks in your books are sure going to help me in the future when I have my own children. I am very passionate about your work. Thank you Cathy.
Candace, 19, Australia, 27/04/2013
Hi Cathy! I am 14 years old :), I would just like to let you know that I think you're an amazing author and I love your books. I have just finished reading "Hidden" & I have also read "Cut". I am not a big reader and rarely read but I just love your books! You're awesome!
Dear Cathy, I've toy with the idea of emailing every time I've read, or indeed, reread any of your books. I have decided to having just finished Please Don't Take My Baby. I've just had my own second child, so the book was even more emotional reading at this time for me, and made me cuddle my son closer as he was feeding. We've wanted to be foster carers for a while, but have decided to do it when our own family is complete, and grown up a bit more. You truly inspire us; such an amazing lady, mother, carer and author. I truly hope we are as successful as you have been and that we can give children who need it the love we are giving our own children. Cannot wait to read Lucy's story, and many more after that. Much love to your amazing family.
The Holts, 26/04/2013
Hi Cathy! I'm a huge fan of your books. I have read most of them. You are an extraordinary woman to have been through what you have with all the foster children. I just finished reading "A Baby's Cry" with little Harrison. You mentioned little 'Ellie'. Poor darling! Your children sound so lovely in your books. I just wanted you to know I love your books. Thanks again. Take care
Shannon, Sydney, Australia, 26/04/2013
Hi, I check your updates every few months and I have read the update for Jade (Please Don't Take My Baby). I am so pleased how much she had turned her life around. I will review it on Amazon :)
Emily, UK, 26/04/2013
Hi I enjoy reading your books very much. I had two girls that I placed into voluntary foster care because of health issues and the way I was bought up by my own mother. I miss my kids very much. All I get is letterbox contact twice a year although I have a court order that states I should be allowed to see them. That was 8 years ago and letterbox contact has only been running for the last two years. I have had to push to find out how my kids are and to ask for photos as they just assumed I would go away. I can't understand why my kids are where they are, I don't drink I don't do drugs. I just had some emotional problems and required support so I asked social services for their help. They weren't sympathetic. My eldest is 14 this year. I hope I don't have to wait much longer before I get to see them. I just wanted you to know.
Hi Cathy, I didn't get care of my other granddaughter. Social services said that the team leader, who was for us, retired. However, the social workers lied to us about it and she still works. She appointed another social worker to look after our granddaughter. I cannot believe they lied to us when we were doing an excellent job with our granddaughter. We have a special guardianship order. Thanks Cathy, Take care
Y, UK, 26/04/2013
Dear Cathy Glass, I am a huge fan of your work and I would like to be a writer someday. I have read all your books, they were fantastic. I can't wait for your new book to come out I will order it and read it straight away. I cannot believe I am actually talking to you. I hope to meet you someday.
Immi, Australia, 26/04/2013
Hi, I bought your latest book Please Don't Take My Baby as soon as it came out on my kindle, and I have just finished reading it now. You do amazing work and your books are just as amazing to read. I saw on your website that you are publishing Lucy's story and I can't wait for that to come out as well. Keep on with your work your an inspiration Xx
Emily, UK, 25/04/2013
Hi Cathy, I just wanted to say you are a very inspirational women. I suffer with dyslexia, I have not let it affect me too much in life. I am a hairdresser but have always struggled with reading books, and never had the confidence until reading Damaged. I have now read all of your books and once I start I can't stop. I love your stories plus you seem like such a nice and kind lady. and make fostering sound so easy, which I'm sure it isn't always!! I have also worked with teenagers with learning difficulties and loved that job. I would like to do something connected to social services in the future. Cant wait for your new book to come out. I'm just fishing the story about Aimee. Hope to hear from you soon. Kind regards
Susie P, 25/04/2013
Hello! I'm an adult student who is doing an independent study for a major project. I have chosen you for this. The reason why is I've read 4 of ur books so far. I knew that some people (parents) are not kind to their kids but I was unaware how truly evil some can be. As a mother of 5 children I'm at a lost for words. I am sending u a message to ask for a fact sheet to help me with my project. Thank you so much for doing what you do for the kids you foster and for writing the books you do. I am a fan for life. Thank you so much again
Julie, Ontario, Canada, 24/04/2013
Dear Cathy, As a psychology student who on a daily basis must read things which are stomach churning it's surprisingly nice to get into bed after a hard essay and read your books. The simplicity of your writing compliments the dark and hard subject you are referring to, which means the brain can focus on the story and emotion you elicit. You're a wonderful woman. Your books make me laugh, cry and grin within a few pages. I've just re read Mummy Told Me Not To Tell tonight, and it was a rollercoaster like it always is. You do wonderful work for these children and change their lives. You help the most vulnerable and give them a voice. I volunteer in a contact centre and know of the difficulties, but I'm very much on the outside, and hope one day I can aid these children that need to be helped, once I have finished my degree. Keep up the good work and may your family be well. Thank you
Jess, UK, 24/04/2013
Hi Cathy! I just had to e-mail again, to tell you that I pre-ordered, Please Don't Take My Baby, from Amazon & it arrived the other day. In between working 2 jobs & looking after my little girl, have just finished it! I knew even before I picked it up, I would love it. It was a beautiful story, with a perfect ending, which brought a tear to my eye. Your books are amazing & I've loved every one of them! I'm also pleased to see that you are releasing a book about Lucy! You never fail to amaze me, Cathy! You are a wonderful woman! Sending love to yourself, kids & family! Your biggest fan,
Tricia, UK, 24/04/2013
Hi Cathy, I have read many of your books and recently finished A Baby's Cry; which touched me deeply, just like the rest of your books have. I feel a need to thank you for all that you do and the things you and your family have been through to help innocent children. It really touched me how much Paula loved and cared for Harrison at the age of 5. I will be starting university in September to study a BA Hons in Education Studies. I have always wanted to be a primary school teacher, however after reading your books I now hope that my degree will lead me to a career in both education and looked after children. Thank you again Cathy.
Paige L, UK, 24/04/2013
Hello, if never wrote to an author before but after reading Another Forgotten Child I was hooked. I straight away went and got Damaged and the rest have followed.
I jut wanted to say not only are you a wonderful writer but a wonder full person. I have 2 young children one of whom has a condition which makes things very hard. But what you do amazing. If everyone in this world had an ounce of courage and love like you it would be a better place to live. Please keep your books coming there fantastic .Thank you
Just want to thank you for writing so many true stories. Hopefully these will open the eyes to people that shut the door on child abuse. I am a nursery nurse and I used to work in a social work department. I was in one of the child and family centres. I can relate to a lot of the stories you tell as I saw it day in day out.
I struggled with the demands of that job and I take my hat off to you. I am reading "Another Forgotten Child" and it has brought back so many memories of the lack of support from the social work department, due to lack of funding and staff. The push from medical professionals to make these children better. The constant brick wall you were hitting when talking to parents and tying to support them so they could continue looking after their child or to get them back. I now work in a school for severe and complex needs. I enjoy it so much and at weekends I look after two boys on respite. I wish I could foster but my house is too small and I have just had my first child. We hope to foster later in life. I just hope the government continues to support the fostering service and make it manageable so people can continue to foster. Hope you continue doing what you do and keep publishing the wonderful stories that I just can't put down. Love
I just finished reading your book, Damaged. love reading and I have read so many books, including the life stories of Afghan and Arabic women whose lives have become a hell. All those stories touched my heart but not as much as the story of Jodie. I actually couldn't believe how a parent could do such a thing. I'm not a parent, but still, I really admire your courage and the great sacrifice you made! Everyone can't be like that. I'm from Sri Lanka, a small island in the Indian Ocean. Foster care isn't popular here. I learnt a lot about it from your book. Wish you all the best, may you live longer, we really need people like you in a society like this! Regards!
Roshinee B, Sri Lanka, 22/04/2013
Hi Cathy, I just wanted to tell you that I think you're an incredible person and you have warmed my soul and touched my life. I wish all the best for you and for the children you have helped. Every book is an accomplishment. Big fan. Keep writing.
Mikaylah, USA. 21/04/2013
Dear Cathy, I have just finished reading "The Night the Angels Came". What a very sad but inspiring read. Michael sounded a delightful boy how unfair that he lost both his parents at such a young age. You are an absolute star in what you do, I wish I could do it but I cry at all your books so I know it's not the job for me.
Best wishes to you, Adrian and Paula x
Ellie C, UK, 21/04/2013
Hello Cathy, I have just read A Baby's Cry for the second time. It was a book I found hard to put down once I started reading it. I read it in a day. It must have been hard to watch him go. It was the right decision in the end. I am now going to read Another Forgotten Child. You are a very caring woman Cathy who will open the door to any child in need of a bed. You should be recognized for your work in fostering by Buckingham Palace. You should receive an honour from the Queen
Can wait for you next book. Best wishes
Paul, Milton Keynes, England, 21/04/2013