Lara and her one-year-old son, Arthur, came to live with me during the pandemic. Lara was fleeing an abusive relationship and Arthur had suspected non-accidental injuries. Lara claimed her son was accident prone but the social services had doubts.
It was a mother and child foster placement. My role was to keep Arthur safe, assess Lara’s parenting capacity, and give her help and advice where necessary in the hope she would be able to make the necessary changes to keep her son. I felt the responsibility especially as all the social worker’s ‘visits’ were online due to continuing covid restrictions. It was as though Lara’s future lay in my hands.
I was sure Lara loved her son but she didn’t always put his needs first. She was highly critical of foster carers having been in care herself. She felt let down by the system and unloved. Then one cold dark winter’s evening during lockdown Lara began talking to a homeless young man sleeping in a shop doorway, and that conversation changed the course of their lives forever.
Praise for Unwanted
A great read… Waterstones 5* review
Absolutely gripping… Facebook
Another brilliantly written fostering memoir from Cathy Glass …Amazon 5* review
A must read. A beautiful sad story… Well done Cathy you have delivered once again. … Amazon 5* review
Another fantastic read and insight into fostering… Amazon 5* review
Another Cathy a Glass book I was unable to put down until finished… Amazon 5* review
Amazing read. Truly loved this book, could not put down. Kobo 5* review
Another great read. Deserves to be number one … Twitter
Another fantastic read… Twitter
Poignant and touching… Twitter
I love reading about fostering. I was in foster homes before I was adopted. Cathy Glass is a wonderful and understanding foster care. Goodreads 5*
Amazing is the best way to describe Cathy Glass. Goodreads 5* review
I enjoyed this very much. My heart went out to the little boy. Audible 5*
Brilliant. As always, Cathy Glass’s books are well written… Audible 5*
Very true to life: A really nice story that is very true to life. I love the way Cathy is so helpful, kind and understanding. Audible 5*