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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Cathy! “Cut” was absolutely good! I finished it in like 10 hours flat. It was so good, I nearly finished the whole book on the flight from Singapore to Tokyo! I had to control myself, and save the ending for later. I totally cannot wait for your next book, and I’m trying to get my dad to pre order it from amazon.com. But, the postage fee costs us like $16 alone! Dad told me to wait, as it may get released early in the airport, but I TOTALLY CANNOT WAIT!!! Anyway, thanks a zillion for “Cut”, it was fab! Loves!
Kim, Singapore, 09/12/2008
Hey, just wanted to say I enjoyed reading your books, you have a really captivating writing style. I was thrilled finding your website and the updates on the kids. It was especially great to hear how well Jodie was doing, she certainly deserves it after the start to life that she had. Reading your books, and the books by Dave Pelzer who was also horrifically abused, has made me want to adopt and/or foster when I get around to having kids. Thanks for sharing the stories with us. Regards
Emma, New Zealand, 07/12/2008
Dear Cathy, I have just finished reading Damaged and just wanted to let you know what a great job you did for poor Jodie and no doubt what a great job you are still doing. Damaged has to be the most horrific story I’ve ever read, and at some stages I had to stop reading as I was so angry that these cruel people could do this to such an innocent young girl! I really do hope Jodie is doing as well as she can do and quite honestly I hope the people that did these truly horrific things to her rot in hell!! Reading a book like that really made me appreciate the great upbringing I had! Keep up the good work! Best Wishes
Lynsay, Scotland, 05/12/2008
Hi, I just wanted to say I have just finished reading Damaged it has taken me two days to read. I think you are a brilliant lady. I have an eight year old daughter and a four year old son, it really touched my heart and I cried most of the way through it. In your book you said you did not know if you had done enough for Jodie when she went to High Oaks. Of course you did and I think Jodie knows you did as well. It is a shame there are not more people like you. I just want to say hi to your children as well, they did a great job with Jodie. Well done Lucy Paula and Adrian. My daughter asked me last night if children like the ones you look after could live with us and be safe and I said it takes a very special lady to do that job love. Well done
Julie H, 05/12/2008
Hi Cathy, I’m so excited to tell you that your book is now available in Australia!! I was told by the book stores that it would be available in December, but I was expecting it to come out in the week leading up to Christmas. I was reading through some mail when I saw that “Cut” was available. I was so excited that I ran out of my house and down to the store after 7pm hoping that it would still be open! I found your book very easily then ran to the cash register. I told the girl at the register how excited I was (even though I think she may have been thinking that I was a little weird!!) and told her that I’ve been waiting for months for this book! I’ve started reading it already and as hard as it was I had to put it down to come to work. I’m really looking forward to going home tonight to finish reading it. It’s going to be a great weekend! Anyway just thought I’d let you know that “Cut” is officially in Australia now! Kind Regards,
Cassie O, Australia, 04/12/2008
Hi Cathy, I have read Damaged and Hidden and am now waiting for the book shop to get Cut for me. I don’t know how you can listen to these kids tell you these dreadful thing. The ones who gave them life think they have the right to do what they like to them. They are meant to be their babies, no matter how old. I have a 9 month old baby and I would die for her. I would never let anybody do anything to her. These people are sick. I got upset when I was reading your books, and I can’t wait to read Cut. I have given the other two books to my mother to read. She read Damaged in two days and Hidden in a day. She just could not put them down. I hope the next book will be as good as the other two. Keep doing what you’re doing, you’re a good person Cathy I wish there was more people like you in the world
Sallyann, 20, 04/12/2008
Hi Cathy, I have now read all three of your books that have been released so far and with each one that is released I am amazed at how much love, patience and understanding you have for these children. They are so lucky to have had someone like you come into their lives with all that you have to offer. You have children of your own and still found room in your life to foster children (not all easy ones either), and in any bad situation that arose you still managed to see the positive side of it. The Social Services (or Child Welfare System as we call it in Australia) when you first started may as well have been non existent as you didn’t receive any support from them but you didn’t let that stop you from taking on more children into your care. You are an amazing person, I admire your work. You are a true gift and I look forward to your next book (I just wish it wasn’t so far away). Kind regards,
Eve, Australia, 03/12/2008
Hi Cathy, I was sexually abused as an adult four years ago by my counsellor, I was suicidal and he took advantage of my vulnerability. I don’t know how I got though it, so how these dear little children recover from their pain I will never know, I guess sadly they often never make a full recovery. I was reading Damaged on the bus to work this morning when I came across the letter Jodie had written you with the help of Paula, the tears streamed down my face and I’ve not been able to stop thinking about you, Jodie and your family all today. Although the book was harrowing, at times I found myself smiling at the sweet little things Jodie said and did. You should be so proud of yourself Cathy.
Karen, UK, 01/12/2008
Hi Cathy, We are in the process of training to foster. A few years ago my husband and I completed training and were approved at panel to foster. A young girl of seven was arranged to come to our house for respite but for some unknown reason I felt I couldn’t go ahead – maybe because at that time I feared realising what evil/wicked things could happen to innocent children. We have since thought long and hard about re-applying and am delighted to say that we are going ahead again. I read your book, Damaged, within two days and this has strengthened my personal belief that no matter what we do there will always be wickedness in the world, but I can help in my small way. Your book has inspired me. Your determination while you looked after Jodie was nothing less than outstanding. How proud you must feel to have been part of her rescue. My warmest wishes to you and your family.
Sue, UK, 30/11/2008
Hi, Cathy, I have read all 3 of your books and would like to say how sad but gripping these stories are. It is hard to believe this still goes on in the world. These children are lucky to have someone like you to be there for them when no one else is. Thank you for such brilliant but sad reading.
Tracy, 27, Wales, UK, 29/11/2008
Hello, I have read all your books so far. I would just like to take this opportunity to say that you are truly inspirational. The love you showed your foster children is amazing. There should be more people like you in the world.
Jade R, 27/11/2008
Wow, I must say what a fantastic book Hidden is. It made me laugh, smile and cry. I was gutted when I finished reading it, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. It really touched my heart. I was so glad for Tayo. Thanks for bringing us such brilliant books,
Margaret, UK, 26/11/2008
I am one of those people who hate reading but when my friend told me about Damaged I had to go out and buy it. It was a very moving story, I cried a lot when I was reading it. It made me very angry that they didn’t so something sooner. I kind of know how Jodie feels when she went quiet and didn’t talk because I do that. I was abused mentally and I had to watch my mum being physically abused. I also self harmed like Jodie and ended up in A&E, but once I finished reading it made me decide that I had to do something. Thank you for sharing Jodie’s story with us. It has helped a lot. It has made me think about fostering when I’m older as I am only 18 now so it would be hard for me. I hope Jodie is doing ok now. I’m going 2 go out and buy your other book as it is amazing what you do. Many thanks.
Christine, 18, 26/11/2008
Hi Cathy, I have just read your books Damaged and Hidden, and like many people it upset me to know how many children out there are abused. I was abused for many years then I spoke up. I do my best to make sure my children are safe. Thank you Cathy, you are amazing.
Julieanne, Australia, 25/11/2008
Hi Cathy, I have written to you before about Damaged and Hidden and how much those books got to me and how happy I felt at the end of them. I have just finished reading Cut. I could not put it down and was finished within 2 days. There is a queue of friends and family wanting it now. I passed your other books to them and they felt the same as me. I can’t believe how much patience you had with Dawn! The thing that made me most angry was that Ruth did not tell you anything about Dawn’s past even though she knew. You are a fantastic woman, mother, and foster carer and I hope one day that you do hear from Dawn again as I know and other people would like to know how she is getting on now? Thank you for all the wonderful work that you have done with these children, without you I would not like to think where they would be now!!!
Melody, 21, Edinburgh, UK, 25/11/2008
Cathy, I hadn’t read a book since leaving school in 1985, but I picked up Hidden one day and thought I would see if it gripped me. I have never in my life been so drawn into something the way this book did. I literally couldn’t put it down from the time I got home to the time I went to bed which made cooking tea very interesting. I then went out and got Damaged and I was hoping for an impossible ending but she got so much from you. I am now looking for Cut. I have read other books since but your style of writing keeps my concentration. you must be an amazing person. Thank you.
Tishy T, 22/11/2008
Hey, I am just emailing you to congratulate you for all the great work you do! I am only 15, 16 next week and your books and many others have inspired me to do more to help children like Jodie and Tayo. I have helped many charities in the last few years and I am proud to be doing my bit for the children that are less fortunate than I am. Many thanks
Abbie, 15, UK, 21/11/2008
Hi Cathy, I wrote to you back in September to tell you what I thought of Damaged, well since than I have read Hidden. I was amazed at how Tayo was as a person and how he reacted in different situations. I have a friend who loves your books too and we swap and chat about them over coffee for hours. We both agree that you have a heart of gold and that you deserve to be put up on a pedestal and praised. I am on the look out for your next book Cut. Thank you for your insight to things we don’t all see. I have said it once and I will keep saying it – you are amazing!!!
Tegan, Brisbane, Australia, 20/11/2008
Hi Cathy, I just finished reading Damaged (and as many others I couldn’t put it down). I was so moved by your kindness and patience. When you were doubting your abilities as a fosterer all I could think of was that you were a stop in Jodie’s journey through life and you were there to prepare her for the next leg of her journey. Jill knew what she was doing when she asked you to foster Jodie. One thing I could have never done was to keep my cool with Eileen, you did a commendable job dealing with her also. I have for many years thought about fostering and after reading your book wonder if I have the stamina for it. Thanks again for Damaged and I am looking forward to reading your other books.
Dawn B, USA, 19/11/2008
Hiya, I read all your books and they are really good. It makes me think about fostering when I am older. I’ve got two god-daughters who are in care. I would have loved for them to have come to me but I was 18 when they went into care, and they didn’t think I could look after them. Since I’ve read your book I hope they are with some nice, caring and loving foster carers as you are.
Dear Cathy, my husband and I have 2 adopted boys. Our first son came to us when he was 14 months old and he is now five. He has brought so much joy to our lives. He has had medical problems and has been diagnosed with a.s.d and speech difficulties, but we have coped and we absolutely adore him. Our second son we adopted nearly 2 years ago and we have been to hell and back. Our social workers were useless, and help was not forth-coming. We were told that his behaviour was normal and he would settle maybe in a year or two. I have felt desperation at its highest level and thought I was going completely crazy as nobody would believe or help us. Our relationship really suffered because of this. We have now got the help we need from the NSPCC. and hopefully we are on the road to recovery. They are really great people!! He has been assessed and he has an attachment disorder due to the neglect he suffered. He has also recently made a disclosure to us which was devastating. I just wanted to say that I have recently read Damaged and I was totally amazed how it mirrored my experience. I have now passed the book to family members and friends to help them understand what we have been going through, and what our son goes through. Thank you it has helped me so much and I will be buying your other books. I have just read your article about Baby P. We have first hand experience of what these children suffer, and it will not get any better until the system is dramatically changed. In my son’s case the animals were taken away from the home first and the children 6 months later! And to top it all his mother was prosecuted for cruelty to the animals and not for the children. There is no justice for these kids. Take care and keep on writing.
Sam, UK, 19/11/2008
Hi Cathy, I have read your books Hidden and Damaged and think that you are a fantastic person. I was very distressed and upset while reading them, but I also found great strength in what you have gone through, not only with both of these children but also with the others you have fostered over the years. Me and my partner have been talking about fostering, as we can’t have children ourselves. I have spoken to social services this week and have asked for some information to be sent to us. It doesn’t bear thinking about what some of these poor children go through, particularly at the moment with Baby P. It breaks my heart every time I hear his name mentioned. I now want to be able to stop other children having to endure that kind of life. Cathy thank you so much for letting people know what some these poor children go through. Kind regards,
Karen, Belfast, 18/11/2008
Dear Cathy Glass, wow what an amazing lady you are. I have just finished reading Hidden, how sad, but what an astonishing ending. It was given to me to read by my mother after I read A boy Called It. I have never been much of a reader but after reading your book I can say I am now. Thank you, I really can’t find the words to express how wonderful you are and what you do for these children. It truly takes a remarkable person. I wish there were a lot more people like you in this world. I am about to purchase your other books and I know I’ll enjoy them just as much as Hidden. I have a little boy 11 months old and I look at him and can’t see how anybody could do the awful things they do. Thank you and I wish you and your family all the best.
Sacha A, 17/11/2008
Hi Cathy, you are one hell of a lady. I thank you for doing the kind of work you do. Your story about Jodie touched me in so many ways. I don’t know how you didn’t lose it with that Eileen. She should have had more of a heart and less annual leave. Your children are amazing and have their mother’s heart. It must have been hard on them at times, but like you they never gave up. I’m a mother of five and grandmother of two. I can’t understand how people can do things like that to their babies. I am glad you did not give up fostering after Jodie. Remember to take some time out of yourself, you need it and deserve it. May god bless you and your family, and all the abused children.
Kathy, Australia, 17/11/2008
Hi Cathy, I am a 24 year old single mother who has read all of your books so far. I think that you are amazing. I went through a lot of hurt and abuse in my childhood and I never had any support, but thankfully I am still here going strong. Every day I look at my little girl and wonder how anyone could harm a child so innocent, but they do. I’m just glad there are people like you to offer help and support.. you’re amazing.
Amber-Joan, 24, 16/11/2008
Hi Cathy, I read Damaged, a little while back, and was very distressed and upset at the appalling treatment of Jodie at the hands of her mum etc. The way you dealt with Jodie etc was astounding. You must be a saint! Your book had me riveted…I’ve just come onto your website, and am pleased Jodie is doing so well. It was such a harrowing experience, and am glad to see she is finally being able to move on etc! In the light of the baby P episode, I clearly don’t understand how people can do such horrid despicable things to such innocent harmless kids. What I read today about Baby P, and after reading Damaged, has compelled me to make a difference. I’ve started making a regular contribution to NSPCC, and hopefully, I can make my voice heard and a difference through my contribution! You, Cathy, are one of the good kind angels.
Zoe H, Pembroke, 16/11/2008
Hello Cathy, I first read the book Damaged early this year and I was amazed! I would find myself shouting at the book and it ended with me in tears, however I wouldn’t put it down till I’d finished. I am now reading Hidden and it’s taken me a couple of hours to get half way through. You are a fantastic person and you give a very good picture as to what foster care involves. My partner was in foster care as a child, and at first it was hard to imagine, but your books have opened my eyes. Now I work with children myself. You are a fantastic writer and I hope to read all of your books coming out soon. If only there were more people like you in the world. Please keep writing and I’ll keep reading, well done for all your hard work.
Dear Cathy, I have just read the final 2/3 of ‘Cut’ over an hour in the bath and have cried into the bubbles. This is the third of your books I have read and you tell these children’s stories with such love. I don’t know I could foster – I’m not sure I could give them up, but I’d love to adopt a child one day. I started out as a primary teacher, then did special needs outreach work, then fell into working for a team which really opened my eyes. I now work in a different job but still with EBD children. I have worked with children who have been abused (sexually, emotionally and physically), witnessed domestic violence, had parents killed, had parents who have killed, a pregnant teenager, children who are in care (both good and bad) for all kinds of reasons and children who have taken overdoses (one was 6). Looking back, it was always these emotionally disrupted children I was drawn to and perhaps somehow inevitable I’d end up working with them one day. Yet nothing can ever prepare you for reading their case files, or hearing a child disclose that dreaded information. Reading your books reminds me that there are ways to reach even the most damaged of children. I haven’t had these children into my home but I do know they have found their way into my heart. I know that if I can help one child change his/her life for the better I have done something worthwhile. As someone once said to me on a bus in the USA; “Sometimes we cross paths with people that we were only ever meant to know a short while but somehow, we become part of each other’s stories.” The children I work with and you foster will forever be part of our stories. Please keep up the writing and thank you again for being an inspiration and for loving the children and giving them a chance at life.
Ellie, Newcastle, UK, 15/11/2008
Hi Cathy, I must say that Damaged was the best book ever. I hope Jodie is doing fine today. You did a very good job. Hope I see more very good books from you. Have a nice day.
Jessica, Sweden, 15/11/2008
Hi Cathy, I have just finished reading Damaged which I could not put down. I cannot believe that poor little girl could be put through so much pain by someone who is supposed to love her. I felt so sorry for her and yourself as all the harm that the parents had caused made it very difficult for you to help her. It upset me and also annoyed me to think that the people that are supposed to be looking out for them poor children just let it go by unnoticed. Thank goodness that there are foster carers like you who can give them the love and care that they need to help them to live a life like young children should have. Keep up the good work and do you still keep in touch with the little girl. Also I have the next book that you have written called Hidden I am sure I will enjoy it as much as the last one. Take Care
Sue, Derbyshire, UK, 13/11/2008
Hello Cathy, I picked up your book Damaged last night as I like to read in bed for a while before I go to sleep……What sleep? I just could not put it down and when my eyes got tired I nodded off, then just a couple of hours later woke up and read until I had finished it. It made me sad and angry that social services neglected their duty to that little girl. I know that they have a difficult job to do but it’s really heart-warming that there are people like you and your lovely family to pick up the pieces. My husband and I have thought about fostering but I think that at 60 we are probably too old, do you know if there is a cut off age at all? What is the best route to go down? Please keep up your invaluable work and good luck to you all
Janet, UK, 13/11/2008
CG: Dear Janet, regarding age and fostering, I know some authorities have an upper age limit of sixty for new applicants, but I also know some do not. If you are interested I suggest you approach your local social services and also some private fostering agencies and see what they say. Good luck.
Hello Cathy, I recently read your book called Damaged and without doubt it is the best book I have ever read. I literally could not put it down from the minute I started reading it. Even when I wasn’t reading it was all I could think about. I became so emotionally involved with the book, it has influenced me to want to become a foster carer when I’m older. I have prayed that Jodie will find hope in the future and I cannot stop worrying about how she is today. I think you’re an extraordinary person for what you do and I have recommended this book to everyone I know.
Loryn, 17, S Australia, 13/11/2008
Hi, I have just finished my degree in child and family psychology. I originally decided to begin this course because of the childhood I experienced. Even though I knew many children out there suffered, I never really thought about how they suffered. At the beginning of the year I began reading books about children who have suffered abuse and I found that more than ever before I could understand what I was learning at university. I believe your books and others like them help foster empathy in people, and in the profession I am going into empathy is so important! Reading books like yours have helped me realize just how much I want to be out there working with those in need, especially children because they are so helpless to what happens around them. Thank you for writing as it alerts people to what is going on in the world! The more people become aware of abuse, the more chance there is of identifying children in need of help. I have read both Damaged and Hidden and found them both incredibly touching. You are a huge credit to society, if only there were more people like you out there!
Hi Cathy, I’ve just finished reading Hidden and it touched me so much, it really opened my eyes to things that happen in this world. You are truly an inspiration and I admire your strength and determination to give children the best in life while they are in your care! It’s lovely to see that there are still caring people left in this world. Again you have been an inspiration to me. Keep up all that you do and I hope to read more of your books soon
Cally T, 12/11/2008
Hiya Cathy, I have read a lot of authors who write stories about abuse, But the way you write them is truly amazing. You tell the story and make the reader gripped. I have read all three books and although I just finished “Cut” last night I am looking forward to your next one already. I read “Cut” in three hours. You are a strong and caring person and hope you keep fostering because you seem to change children’s lives for the better.
Kat, Glasgow, UK, 11/11/2008
Hi Cathy. I have just finished reading Damaged. WOW! I can’t think of anything else to say other than you are a real inspiration. The way you dealt with Jodie was amazing. I have a member of family who was taken into care, unfortunately her mother would not let any of our family take care of her, and she now has severe tantrums and I believe learning difficulties. You books are just fantastic, they are impossible to put down until you have read the book from cover to cover. I have also read Hidden which was also fantastic. I don’t think I have ever cried over books, but both off these books made me cry so much. Just ordered Cut online can’t wait to read it. Well done on all of the fantastic books, you are truly an inspiration, my heart really does go out to you.
Cheryl, UK, 09/11/2008
Hey Cathy, I’m 13 and I have read Damaged and Hidden and I am reading Cut at the moment. I am a big fan of yours and was pleased to get your email address. I found reading Damaged really opened my eyes to what really happens in the world and that people all have a past. Hidden was excellently written and Cut well I can’t put it down. I’m reading on the school bus, at home, lunch and break time, everywhere. As you can see I love to read your books. Since I read Damaged I have really got into reading and have managed to read lots of books this past year. Most people think I am too young to read these sorts of books but it doesn’t matter about the age if you understand what is really happening. All my friends are borrowing my books and are currently reading Damaged and Hidden, I was so excited to hear about Cut being released, I just had to get it. I am looking forward to reading more of your books in the future. I hope you are well and that all your children are well too.
Laura S, 13, UK, 07/11/2008
Hi Cathy I’ve just finished reading all three of your books and each one made me cry, I could not put them down. I have thought about fostering from a young age and reading your books have made me want to do it even more. I’m only 19 so I know it won’t happen yet but thank you for sharing your stories and confirming my thoughts about foster caring and helping me decide that I want to do it. I hope to read more of your stories thank you Cathy
Sarah, 19, 07/11/2008
Heyah, I wrote before saying I was going to read Hidden. When I did I was so shocked and sad that Tayo’s own mother would do that to him. In school we have to do a personal study and I’ve decided to do it on one of your books. I’m going to talk about how childhood isn’t always the best time of your life as problems like this can happen and we don’t even know about them. Thanks.
Hi Cathy, Thank you for sharing your stories with the world. Something needs to be done about Social Services! Things are the same here in Australia. Not long ago a little girl was found dead in her home, she had starved to death, her parents were drug addicts. Never have I read a book faster than “Damaged”, I just had to keep reading it to see what happened to poor Jodie. I couldn’t stop crying and whenever I think about it tears well up in my eyes (I’m starting to cry now). What really made me sad was to learn that Jodie was brain damaged from what happened to her. I am so angry at Social Services and the Government for not preventing it!!!!!!! I look at my little girl who is 5, and my heart breaks to even think of her feelings being hurt, let alone being abused!!!!!
Nikki, Australia, 06/11/2008
Hi Cathy I have been reading these types of books for many years now but the way you write is truly amazing. You manage to grip the reader so well, to the point where you feel like a fly on the wall watching the whole thing. Your stories are so heart wrenching where I would find myself crying with sadness and happiness. You should be truly proud of all you have achieved, and I hope you continue to do well with all that you do and will look forward to your next books. All the best.
Milly M, UK, 06/11/2008
Hi Cathy, I have just finished reading Hidden, having read Damaged a week and a half ago. I have not been able to put either book down (I read each one in two days despite working 9 hours a day at the same time!) Jodie and Tayo’s stories were both disturbing and touching. They are very blessed to have come into your care and had your love and support to rebuild their shattered lives. I am saddened that there are children out there who are treated so badly. Thankfully there are people like you in the world who, despite the strain it must place on yourself and your children emotionally and physically, are prepared to be there to give these children the love and care they so desperately need and deserve. I am off to purchase Cut now and to again lose myself in your world. Thank you so much for telling your stories and making people more aware of the plight of these young people. Regards
Kirsty, Australia, 06/11/2008
To the most loving, patient, wonderful woman in the whole world, Cathy you are an inspiration to others. Your patience with these children is amazing and that is evident in Damaged. What an amazingly brave child Jodie – without you one wonders what ever would have happened to that poor girl, who had gone through more than most adults could endure. I, like so many of your readers could not put your books down and look forward to reading Cut. Needless to say I will probably spend most of that book in tears as well! You are an amazing woman and I’m positive that all the children you have cared for, or do so in the future, will have a special place in their hearts for you and your own children, even when they get placed with a permanent family. God bless you Cathy (and your children) – you make this world a better place.
Sharon, Victoria, Australia, 06/11/2008
Hi Cathy, I know you have probably heard this a million times before, but I have recently read ‘Hidden’ (it was bought for me as a gift) and I was so drawn in and couldn’t put the book down. That poor little boy! I don’t mind admitting, I cried at the end. I am half way through ‘Damaged’ at the moment. I was a little confused at first, as your own children were younger in this book, not realising it was released before ‘Hidden’. I can’t wait to find out how it ends so I can read ‘Cut’. I too am shocked with what Jodie has gone through, and I am only on Chapter 12. Still, I am glad to hear Jodie, Tayo and Dawn are doing well. Keep up the good work Cathy, and don’t ever stop writing!!! You are a true gem!
Kraig, Wakefield, UK, 05/11/2008
Hi Cathy, just had to write to you again. I have just finished reading Cut, and again what a fantastic book. I saved it to read on holiday but read it in the first few days. I just can’t put your books down, you are a brilliant writer and a wonderful foster carer. You must have the patience of a saint! I am so glad Dawn is doing well, she sounds a lovely person. It was so sad to read her story, but I am so glad she came to you. Looking forward to your next book
Hi Cathy, have read your books Damaged, Hidden and Cut and found them really gripping. Just had to read on until I finished the books to find out what happened to Jodie, Tayo and Dawn, and have just read the updates on your site. Glad to hear Jodie and Tayo are doing well. Looking forward to reading your future stories of children you have cared for. You sound a lovely caring person and I hope all is well with your and your family. Best wishes
Hi Cathy, just had to tell you how much I enjoy your books. I have read Damaged, Hidden and Cut. I can’t wait till your next book The Saddest Girl In The World is released. Once I start reading one of your books I cannot put it down till I’ve finished. They are so powerful, I need to know what happens to these children. You are truly a saint. God bless
Christine, UK, 02/11/2008
Dear Cathy, thank you for taking the time to write about your learning experience with Jodie and therefore sharing it with so many. There are many excellent carers, teachers, social workers all over the world but they are not able to take the time to write and to share their learning experience in the way you are able to do. I cannot say that I enjoyed your book, “Damaged.” It broke my heart. But it’s not the first time that I have cried over the true life experiences of children. I taught on social work courses and was external examiner for social work and counselling courses and courses for carers in the UK many years ago. True life is more horrendous than fiction. Your documentation and stories are rich materials for case studies. From the letters in your blog it is also clear that your books are a source of information, remedy and advice for a broad range of readers. I think you are a guardian angel and your role is to save. You will always find answers and know how to respond – its God’s way of answering the call for help from innocent children. I am now working in Malaysia. There are many cases of child abuse here and growing. Sometimes help comes too late because guardian angels doubt their own skills and are fainthearted about taking action. I urge adults who are suspicious about a child’s safety to take action to satisfy themselves that the child is safe. God Bless
Bismillah K, Malaysia, 01/11/2008
Dear Cathy, I’m a 14 year old girl and I have read Damaged and Hidden. I think what you do is amazing. Your children are very lucky to have a mother like you. I think it’s obscene that lots of children still live in poverty and have parents such as “Minty” who don’t deserve to have these wonderful intelligent children. Wishing all the best
Abbie B, 14, 31/10/2008
Dear Cathy Glass, I am 20 years old, and I’d like to start by telling you I was deeply moved by your books. I had a few questions I hoped you could answer for me. My biggest life ambition has been to be a foster mother. I realise I’m still too young, but I was wondering if you could suggest some books that would improve my knowledge? I also wondered what happened to Jodie? All the way through Damaged you doubted your knowledge and experience as a foster mother and I wondered if you still felt the same? My impression of you and Jodie was not that she was a monster, but a very confused and hurt little girl. The magnitude of her problems could not be fixed, but the letter she asked Paula to write was a huge event, it showed that after all the tantrums she felt your love and support.
Hazel, Sweden, 30/10/2008
CG: Dear Hazel, Jodie is still doing very well and I have added an update about her on my website. You are right when you say she was a very confused and hurt little girl – damaged. It’s fantastic she has made so much progress. I did doubt my abilities as a foster carer while looking after Jodie because I wasn’t sure I could give her what she needed. However, I am still fostering. It doesn’t do us any harm to question ourselves sometimes, indeed I think it is a good thing. Different countries have different criteria for accepting foster carers and I suggest you look on the internet to research what is required in Sweden. Best wishes, Cathy
Hello, I am 15 years old and absolutely adore your books. I have read Damaged, which only took me a day as I couldn’t put it down and am currently reading Hidden. I also intend to hopefully get Cut for Christmas which I am sure I will love also. The books I have read are amazing, you grip the reader so well. You’re doing such a good job. I look forward to reading your books in the future, good luck as well.
Lauren, 15, UK, 30/10/2008
Hi Cathy, I am writing to you, regarding your book Damaged, I have just finished reading it, and I must say it was fantastic. You are such an inspiration to the world, and I really do admire what you do, and what you did for Jodie. I honestly could not put the book down, and I wish I had the guts to do what you do, and how you looked after Jodie. I am so glad for Jodie, that the people concerned got done, and I believe people like that should be thrown in prison for life, so they could be punished properly, for taking a little girl’s childhood from her. I have just started to read Cut, and it’s brilliant so far. You really are an inspiration to the world, and I would love to have the inspiration that you do, and cope with the things you do. I hope you’re ok, and again, you are a fantastic lady.
Caroline D, UK, 30/10/2008
Hello Cathy, I am hooked on your books, they are so unreal. I have read Damaged and Hidden so far and I have to go and find Cut. Those children have been to hell and back, but it is lovely to hear they are doing so well, which is mostly down to your patience and hard work and tolerance. I would love to do something like it myself but already have 2 girls 6 and 9 so have no space or time for anymore. Look forward to reading more, keep up the hard work and look after yourself.
Jo, Cornwall, UK, 29/10/2008
Hi Cathy, I have just read both Damaged and Hidden in the last week, I could not put either of them down. I have a terminally ill son which is a tough enough job, but for you to do what you do is amazing you are such an inspiration. Can’t wait to read more of your books they are so moving and heart wrenching.
Terri, Manchester, UK, 29/10/2008
Hi Cathy, I bought Damaged in my local Tesco to take on holiday. I started reading it about two weeks before I went on holiday as it normally takes me some time to read a book. I just couldn’t put Damaged down and read it within a few days. I went to Tesco again and found Hidden and took that away with me, but finished that after a few days too. I think your books are brilliant and can’t wait for more. You are truly inspirational and do a great thing for the kids you foster. Thanks
Krystina, UK, 27/10/2008
Hi, I just wanted to thank you for all you did for those kids. Thanks to you I know what I want to do with my life, I contacted a foster care association and when I’m 25 I will start the training to become a carer. I know it will be difficult and sometimes very hard but I want to help those kids. I was abused by a family member between the ages of 6 and 12 years. The person was 7 years older then me. As soon as my parents found out (after 6 years) they threw him out of the house and I never saw him again. My family turned their backs on him and my parents did everything to help me. We never speak out that person, he doesn’t exist for us, and his name is a taboo in our family now. So again thanks a lot. I hope that Jodie, Tayo, Dawn and all the other kids you have helped are okay. I know the luck they had to have you. Kind regards,
Hi Cathy, I have just read your book Hidden, you are such a wonderful and a caring lady to have looked after so many children over the years. I have much praise for foster parents, I don’t know how you do your job. It must be very rewarding at times. I had a child go into respite care as he had ADHD and a lot of anger and emotional problems. It is a God send to have people out there that give all their time to helping and looking after children. I can’t wait to go and buy your other books. I couldn’t stop crying when I got to the bit about Tayo’s dad. It was a truly wonderful end to such a hard life for him. You are an outstanding lady. Good luck and keep up your good work. You are one in a million.
Sue, Hampshire, UK, 26/10/2008
Hi I have just finished reading Hidden and couldn’t put it down. It was so moving. I am looking forward to reading more of your books
Erica, Leicester, UK, 26/10/2008
Hi Cathy, I have just finished reading Hidden, I read Damaged about a year ago. I finished both of them within hours of buying them. As a youth worker in the social work field and a therapist in Australia I am so grateful there are foster carers out there like you, from the bottom of my heart thank you for what you do. I have heard plenty of horrific stories, thank you for putting them out there to the general public and writing about them. I am still young, though I know I will always work with children, young people and their families in this field. When I read books like yours and know there is other people out there with the same passion it is refreshing and inspirational. You make me want to be a foster carer as well! 🙂 The kids that come through your door are truly blessed. You have an amazing gift, Cathy, thank you for following that gift and making such a difference in these children lives! I will be forever grateful for what you do. Love and Light to you and your family.
Megan, Australia, 25/10/2008
Hi Cathy, I have just finished reading Damaged. Before reading this book I wanted to foster children, and reading of your experiences has made me more determined than ever to go ahead with this dream. If it was not for people like you, children would not have a life ahead of them. I hope Jodie is doing well and continues contact with you and your family. Jodie’s experience was heartbreaking and you are a shining example of how a child’s life can be turned around when the right person is involved. Massive respect goes out to you for making a difference with all children you have.
Michelle, Newcastle, UK, 24/10/2008
Cathy, you need to write another book because I’m getting bored with all the other books. I love your stories and they touch my heart. I realize how lucky I am to have nice, decent parents.
Hi Cathy I’ve recently read all your books and can’t wait for more. I’m currently doing my A levels so I can train to be a social worker. I want to do this job because I want to help children as I have very strong views on child abuse etc, but after I’ve read your books I have realised it’s the foster carers who truly help. Your books are amazing, so touching. It’s good to know there are people like you in this world. You are someone to look up to and I can’t tell you how much your books have influenced me. You must be so proud of yourself to have done what you have. Can’t wait for the next book. You are an inspiration to this world
I think your books are fantastic. I have not as yet read Cut but the other two are amazing and inspiring. I myself would like to start writing books about my own experiences but have no idea where to start. I am only 16 and love reading your books
Steph, 16, UK, 20/10/2008
CG: My advice would be to just start writing with what is in your head. Write freely, and then worry about tidying it all up later. Once you have that first draft you can arrange it, edit it, and check grammar etc. There is a lot of advice on writing on the internet, and groups you can join who give feedback. Good luck and let me know how you get on.
Dear Cathy, I have just finished Damaged. It was an absolutely inspiring story and I couldn’t put it down! It is so disturbing to know that there are “animals” out there like that, and I must admit I cried. I am so happy to hear that Jodie has finally settled into a foster family and can only hope that her new family is as amazing as you. You are an incredible person Cathy and were definitely put on this earth to bring love and protection to children like Jodie. I am also delighted to hear that you are still fostering. God bless and remember never give up
Dear Cathy, I am 14 year old and I have read all of your books so far and I cannot wait for ‘The Saddest Girl In The World’ to be published. Your books really open my eyes and no doubt other people’s eyes to the different forms of child abuse and neglect.
Amy, 14, UK, 20/10/2008
Dear Cathy, I have read your book Damaged and wow!!! It really shocked me that such a little and innocent girl could go through that! You are amazing. I really want to be like you when I grow up! You made such a difference to that little girl’s life. I haven’t gotten round to reading your other books but I am sure they will be amazing. Emily, 13, Isle of Wight, UK, 16/10/08 Hi Cathy, in the last 4 days I have read both Cut and Hidden and was shocked and disgusted about the way that some parents treat their children. I have never read a book that has had me so engrossed that I have not been able to put it down, those books came everywhere with me. I consider myself very lucky that I have not been in the situation where I have had to go into care or been abused as a child, and my parents are still together. However, although I can not begin to understand what these kids go through, before I was born my parents used to foster children and I have heard many happy and sad stories from my parents and older sisters of those days. I have a new found respect for anybody that can open their homes and lives to care for these children, and I admire you greatly for writing these books so that everyone can understand the difficulties. I finished reading Hidden last night and it had me in tears of sadness and then tears of joy. I hope there are plenty more books to come. I am so glad that you decided to share your experiences with us all. I am off to start reading Damaged now and can’t wait for the emotional rollercoaster I know reading it will bring. Thanks again for everything.
Clare, 27, Wellingborough, UK, 20/10/2008
Hi Cathy, I finished Hidden last night and totally loved it. I would recommend it to anyone at my school. My heart goes to you for all your kindness, and you made a big different to the children, helping them through their bad times. Without you, I didn’t think they would have survived. I am going to buy Damaged and Cut as soon as possible. Keep writing and don’t give up.
Maab A, 19/10/2008
Hi Cathy, Thank you for being a true inspiration, an outstanding lady who I will always admire. You have done so much in helping so many children, giving them a stable and very loving environment. If only there was more women out there like you. .I have read Damaged and Hidden and cried through most of the books, but it’s a comfort to know that there is someone to help these children. I’m a single parent to a 4 year old who I love so much words are not enough. I’m also a qualified nursery nurse and I’m considering fostering as I adore children. If I can help them I will, as I had a wonderful up-bringing by my mum on her own. It’s an honour to e-mail such a good honest lady. God bless you and your family. Kind regards
Tracey, UK, 19/10/2008
Cathy, I bought Damaged on my way to college one day and as soon as I read the first page I couldn’t stop reading it! What an amazing woman you are to help children who are not fortunate enough to have a family that loves them. My very best luck and can’t wait to read more of your books.
Katie M, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK, 16/10/2008
I was bought up in the care system and I have to say that the journey you and your family made with Jodie was amazing, unique, inspiring, refreshing and such a compliment to you all. I have read the journeys of other writers e.g. Dave Pelzer and Constance Briscoe (all of whom have inspired me to start writing my own story). But one main difference I noticed in Damaged was the honesty you wrote in regards to the actions, (or lack of, at times), of social services. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you and your family for the care, love, patience, support and warmth you have shown and continue to show to every child that has and will be in your care. I don’t think anyone except the individual’s themselves can appreciate how much it meant and the difference it made.
Hi Cathy, I don’t often read books but I had a long wait at the airport and bought a copy of ‘Damaged’, I honestly can’t wait to read the rest of your books. I couldn’t put the book down. I’m a 20 year old girl who has been lucky enough to have a brilliant childhood. Reading ‘Damaged’ really opened my eyes. I love children (I’m studying to be a teacher!) and I felt physically sick knowing that some children can be treated in such a way. Every child deserves to be treated with love and respect. I have also thought about doing foster care myself when I’m older, something that had never crossed my mind until reading your book. I just wanted to say that I think if every human in the world was amazing as you, our world would be perfect.
Ally, 20, Melbourne, Australia, 15/10/2008
Hi Cathy, I have just read Damaged and can relate to how the Social Services are very frustrating to deal with. We are in the process of being made our grandson’s kinship carers by the Department of Child Safety (DCS). Our grandson has been in our care since Dec 2007 when he was nearly 4 months old and was being neglected by his parents, my son and his girlfriend. DCS forget that my grandson is the victim and that we are the ones doing the right thing and continue to treat his parents as though they are victims. I can see why Jodie slipped through the system even when she was at high risk from birth. My heart ached for Jodie and what she and you went through.
Kerry and Tim, Australia, 14/10/2008
I’ve just finished reading Damaged and I cried. I wish someone like you could have rescued me. I didn’t know what this book was about when I started it, I don’t normally ‘do’ books on this subject as it’s too close to home. I’ve never heard someone’s story so close to my own, and your response moved me to feel like maybe what happened to me was wrong and bad. I have shared my story with a couple of people whose response was to take it in their stride. Thank you for helping children who need your help.
Louisa, 34, UK, 12/10/2008
Hello Cathy, I am a midwife and nurse and have read 2 of your books, just finished Hidden. What a sad world we live in, made much better by people like yourself who open their hearts and their homes to care for children in need. May you always enjoy what you do and love these children. You and your family have my respect and I am in awe of what you do. Regards
Sharon, Adelaide, Australia, 11/10/2008
Hey Cathy! I have just read your book Hidden, and I must say it’s fantastic. You are such an inspiration to children all round the world, and adults!! I admire the work you have done with different children and how you have changed their lives. I am now waiting to read Damaged and then I’m going to get Cut!! I hope all your family and you are well, and hope Tayo is happy in his new life. Thanks for such a fantastic book, hope you write more in the future about other children you have fostered. Take care, all my best,
Caroline D, UK, 11/10/2008
Dear Cathy, I’ve finished Hidden and it feels weird for me that Tayo’s mother is from Malaysia, at least part Malaysian, because it’s very rare that there are Malaysian characters in books, or even the country being mentioned. :). Anyway, it’s really like a fairy-tale story, if not for the fact that it’s a true story. I had tears reading the end. I’m glad he’s doing well now. He’s truly a lucky boy. Keep up the good work, Cathy. Regards,
Hi Cathy, I have read both Damaged and Hidden. I couldn’t put either of the books down. It has really opened my eyes to the horrible things that happen out there. I cried through both the books, they really touched me. You are a very special person to be able to foster and you are such an inspiration to me!! I can’t wait to read Cut! Keep the good work up! Kind regards
Kirsty C, Australia, 10/10/2008
My copy of Cut arrived on Saturday and as usual with your books I couldn’t put it down. My own daughter was / is a self harmer. She stopped self harming at 16 but just recently (at 18) after going through a messy break up with a boyfriend and more sporadic contact with her father, started cutting again. It seems it never really leaves her and as she says to me it is a way of releasing the anger and hurt within her. She has counselling set up for next week (she had previously had counselling at 15 but felt that it was very child like and never really went in depth at all). So I’m hoping maybe this will help. As much as I try to help her, I’m obviously too close. Her father left when she was only 5 and it affected her deeply, and has done ever since. He didn’t come back into her life until recently and unfortunately he is now suffering with depression and his only contact with her is more him being the ‘child’ and her being the ‘parent’. Not a healthy relationship and it seems to be doing more harm than good, but after the last visit, where he became quite abusive to her I’m hoping that will be the last we see of him. Although I spent a long time trying to convince him to have a relationship with our two daughters, I feel in his mental state, they are now better off without him. I am hoping that as my daughters get older they will get stronger and learn how to cope with things better. As soon as I finish your book, I will be passing it to my daughters as they have read both your previous ones. I’m hoping that my eldest will find some comfort in Cut and perhaps see things from a different perspective. Fingers crossed. Thanks again for writing such a fantastic book, it’s a real page turner and please please keep writing. I can’t wait to read the next one.
Hi Cathy, I have read your book Hidden and am just about to start reading Damaged. (Have ordered ‘Cut’). Like Tayo I was abducted by my father. My father had me for 12 months before my mother found me. I was lucky though, I didn’t suffer at the hands of my father as Tayo did with his mother. There should be more people in the world like you Cathy, who do make a difference. I call people like you unsung heroes. You are an amazing person. I can’t wait to read your other books.
Kelly, Australia, 10/10/2008
Hello Cathy, I just wanted to say I love your books. I think that you’re so good for standing by the children and helping them. When I read your books I can’t put them down. Can’t wait for your next one.
kylie, UK, 09/10/2008
Hi Cathy, I have read Damaged and Cut. I’m not much of a reader, I normally pick up a book and by the time I have read the first chapter I have closed it never to lift it again. The first thing that drew me to your book was the little girl called Jodie, I picked up the book and my heart melted. My daughter’s name is Jodie, she’s 7. I bought the book and as soon as I got home I read it. I had finished the book within 2 days and have passed it to so many people to read. I have not long finished Damaged, and will be going out to get Hidden tomorrow, cant wait for the rest to come out, The world should have lots more people like you in it. Wishing you all the best and lots of happiness,
Carrie, Falkirk, Scotland, 08/10/2008
Hey Cathy, I absolutely love your books. I get stuck into them and literally can’t stop reading. Damaged and Hidden were amazing. The way you write is so good, and you deserve to have sold so many copies. I am waiting to buy Cut, can’t wait to get stuck in and read it because I know I won’t be speaking for days during that time! You are an excellent foster carer, mum and writer, keep up the good work 🙂 Regards,
Lily M, UK, 08/10/2008
Cathy I have just finished “Hidden” and, once again, couldn’t put it down. It scares me that a lot of the behaviour displayed by both children in both books is behaviour we see every day in our princess. I have also just read the rundown on “Cut” and that too, seems to be telling our story. I sometimes wonder if we have the strength to get through this and break down the awful wall that surrounds our little girl. Your books give us hope. Thank you Cathy, you are a true inspiration.
Megan, New Zealand, 07/10/2008