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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Dear Cathy, I just thought I would drop you a line to say thank you for your inspiration. I have read almost all of your books now and have really enjoyed them. I can’t wait till your new one is out next month. I work as a childminder and always loved working with children, but reading your books has inspired myself and my husband to look into becoming foster carers. On Friday we are being visited by a fostering agency for the first time. We can’t wait. Although it’s very early days at the moment we are certain that this is the right thing for us. I’d always wondered what being a foster carer was like but never took it further, however after reading your books I now wish I had done it years ago. I just hope the agency thinks we are suitable and up to the job. I know I will have to give up my childminding and will be very sad as I love my job and the children, but realize that in order to help other children it would be very hard to match the children to us while I was a looking after other people’s children. I really admire you for telling your stories and bringing to light the real need for foster carers. I can only but hope that I will be able to help children that are in need of care. All my love
Yvonne B, UK, 29/08/2011
Dear Cathy, Recently, I read the story of Damaged. I couldn’t even sleep for two days and it was haunting. I can not understand why people hurt their own children like this. I am really happy the way you try to help her. Hope that poor child must have been recovered by now. According to my religion you have done a priceless good work by helping poor child mentally as well as physically. God will look after you. I just wrote this letter appreciate what you have done for Jodie in good heart. Thanks.
Sagarika W, Sri Lanka, 29/08/2011
Hi Cathy I bought the e-book version of ur story ‘My Dad’s A Policeman’ about 2 weeks ago. I am now have also now read ‘Mummy Told Me Not To Tell’ and ‘Damaged’ and loved reading them, and looking forward to reading more of your books. I would like to say that you are doing a wonderful job with the children you foster no matter how troubled they are. I wish I had the strength to do your job. Keep it up.
Hi Cathy. Looking forward to your new book The Night the Angels Came. Will you let me know when it is available as I have all your other books? Thank you.
CG: Hi Marayna, my new book should be out on 15th September but amazon and W H Smiths often release earlier than the scheduled publication date. Your email address is now on my mailing list so you will be emailed again nearer the time and also advised of new books in the future. Cathy.
Dear Cathy, I have just finished your book, Damaged, and had to jump straight onto the computer. It only took me 2 days to read, I couldn’t put it down and read at every opportunity (I was even reading whilst waiting for the kettle to boil). I too was abused by a member of my family when I was a child – 30 years ago – but nowhere near as horrific as what ‘Jodie’ went through. I have only just reported it to the police. Like Jodie, I too blocked out a lot of the abuse, however memories locked in my subconscious have affected me my entire life. Last year I suffered a nervous breakdown and tried to take my life, but after 18 months of therapy, have unlocked some but not all memories – perhaps some things are just too painful and best kept Hidden … who knows. I only wish I had someone like you when I was a child. My mum was a very ‘angry’ person and at times was quite violent towards me and my younger brother. She suffered from depression from 1981 following my dad’s death from suicide and was never in a place where her children’s needs and fears were priority. All I can say is, the world is a better place for having you and it’s a shame there aren’t more people with your unselfish compassion. I wish I could do what you do, however, I too feel I am simply too ‘Damaged’ and would probably not be considered mentally fit enough to do what you do so well. Thank you again.
Hi, I have read all your books. I love to read them. I cant wait for more to come out. Love ya.
Sarah, UK, 23/08/2011
I am married to S & we have a small son. S first introduced me to your books. He has a kindle because he is partially sighted & struggles to read normal print but with the kindle he can make it big. I have read, Cut, The Saddest Girl in the World, I Miss Mummy, Mummy Told Me Not To Tell, & have just finished Hidden. I have really enjoyed them all up to now. I really felt for the Tayo in Hidden. I wanted to throttle his mum for being so irresponsible, but people usually do things for a reason. It was wonderful to read the ending. I am about to start Damaged which I am also looking forward to. S is due to read Hidden next – he usually reads them before me as he knows what I am like!! But i beat him to it on Hidden. Then we pass them onto a friend of mine in Ireland & also his mum reads them when she gets the chance. 🙂 I think you are a wonderful person giving all those kids a happier home. Children deserve to be happy. I didn’t have the best upbringing. I am determined to be a good mum. I am sorry your own marriage didn’t work out but I hope that maybe you found happiness with someone else. Perhaps the kind man mentioned in Hidden or someone else. I also hope Adrian, Paula & Lucy are very happy, they certainly sounded like great kids in all of your books. I noticed on your website where I got your email address that you have a couple of new books coming out. I await in eager anticipation of those. Thank you for your talent. God bless you. Kindest regards
Lisa J, UK, 22/08/2011
Hi, I have just finished reading your book I Miss Mummy and my 17 year old daughter also read it. Like me she is a real lover of children and one day says she is going to foster children. We so enjoyed your book and many times I had a lump in my throat reading it, especially at the end when you all had to say goodbye to Alice, and then when she waved Brian the bears paw out of the window! How hard it must be for you to farewell children but in Alice’s case what a wonderful outcome. Thank you so much for a thought provoking read, we found it hard to put your book down!
Leanne and Rebecca, New Zealand, 21/08/2011
Hi, just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful, inspiring books you write. I suffered as a child and as a result have been blighted by agoraphobia and severe panic attacks for the past 15 years, but since ordering one of your books from the local library I am humbled and kept busy. My daughter asks ” how can you read that, it’s depressing?” Although she knows a little of my childhood and has lost her own father I cannot explain that it brings me comfort to know I am not alone and it puts things into perspective. I have consumed My Dad’s a Policeman, Damaged and Hidden. Now I am trying to order more from the local library and also I am inspired to foster. Keep up the good work and bless all those who live this life but whose stories are never told. Thank you, I cannot wait to start another of your books.
R, UK, 21/08/2011
Hi, I am nearly 18 and have been reading your books for a long time. I love them. It takes me about two days to read one. I can’t put them down. My boyfriend gets so irritated by it. You’ve inspired me to go to college and finish off my health and social care course to go into social work.
Hollie, UK, 17, 20/08/2011
Hi Cathy I am just writing to say what a wonderful woman you are. I read your books and cry but also feel good to know that there are nice people out there. I have always wanted to be a social worker but knew I could not handle hearing things that happened and also leaving kids at home if I thought something was going on. I have read all your books so far and can’t wait for the new one in September. Thank you for helping kids in need of a stable place to stay and helping them. Take care.
Lyanne E, 18/08/2011
Cathy, I have read six of your books and I just wanted to tell you that I loved all of them. I wanted to thank you because reading your books made me want to help others. You have encouraged me to go to college and become a nurse. I will read the other four of your books too. Thank you Mrs. Glass, from what I have read you are a wonderful person.
HI Cathy, I’m not a person to normally write to a stranger but credit where it is due!!! Your books are brilliant. Last night I finished reading Run Mummy Run , I literally could not put it down. The way that story was told its my favourite so far. It’s the 6th book of yours I’ve read and I’ve 2 more down town waiting in my local book shop reserved for me. I’m heading to America for my brothers wedding at the end of this month and I truly look forward to settling down to the 6 hour flight and having your books to read. I’ve often thought I’d like to write and maybe someday I will, but for now your books are a credit to u, not to mention the foster work you do. You are to be admired. Thank you for taking the time to read this e-mail, I look forward to many more books in the future
Dear Cathy, I am sixteen years of age. This morning I finished reading ‘Damaged.’ I found the story inspirational. When I leave school I hope to become a social worker, the opposite of Eileen, and the others that failed to save Jodie. You have really taught some important things that I will bear in mind, for example to keep in contact with the child to ensure they have at least one stable person in their life and to save many more children like Jodie. I believe foster carers deserve a lot more credit than they receive, you are truly inspirational. I cannot wait to purchase another of your books. Thank you for writing such an amazing story. Lots and lots of love.
Faye, 16, UK, 17/08/2011
Hi Cathy, I picked one of your books up from my local book shop as I felt a change in my reading habits was needed. I started to read Cut and well all I can say is what an enjoyable, meaningful read, I have since gone out and brought two more to which I couldn’t put down, I have been onto your web page and found the order you wrote the books. I feel the information you relay to us in your books is outstanding. I have informed many friends of you and your writing but won’t lend any of your books out to them as I want to read them over again. Many thanks
Nikki, Stoke on Trent, UK, 17/08/2011
Just want u to know that I’ve just read “My Dad’s a Policeman”. I knew as soon as I read it that it had been written by someone who knew the system. I thought at first it had been written by a social worker, but I kept thinking that can’t be….Then I wondered if it had been written by a looked after child….. But still wasn’t convinced. What I can tell you is that it’s been over twenty years since I was in care, and reading your book shot me straight back into memories that I’d buried for years. I cried when I read it.
M, UK, 16/08/2011
CG: Dear M, I expect you now know I am a foster carer. One of the reasons I write my books is to try and raise awareness and hopefully improve the system which doesn’t always look after children as it should. I hope you have some good memories of your time in care; although I appreciate it must have been a very anxious time for you. Would you like me to add your email to comments? Cathy
You’re very welcome to use my emails as you like. For me, you got the whole picture: the defensiveness of the mum, the inventing of a father figure, the strangeness of being in someone else’s house with another family, the thoughtlessness of some of the professionals, and the realisation of what a normal family looks like compared to what has been experienced, the disloyalty in even thinking that. My foster experiences were very positive, in most ways. I hated the idea of a short term foster placement, I loved my first family, and desperately wanted to stay and felt totally rejected when I was moved on. I didn’t understand the why’s and wherefores, and I pretended that it was totally fine…. And whatever. My long term family were brilliant. They totally understood why I did the things and I was accepted. I am the yearly family holiday as I write this, with my foster family, and my husband and son. As he gets older, I will explain the complexities of his family to him, but not yet. My experiences of social workers was generally positive, but I didn’t get why, when I’d got so attached to one and trusted them, they then left and along came another one. Also, when I was in my late twenties, I decided to read my records. I was really shocked at some of the things I had chattered about and that had been recorded and their possible relevance to my state of mind. I actually felt a betrayal as some of the things were personal and shared in, what I’d believed to be, confidence. They were not disclosures, and probably no worse than any young teenage girl would write in a diary. But my thoughts and musings were in black and white and discussed in meetings. Interestingly, I’ve had more prejudice at my current age than ever I did when younger, in telling people I was fostered. I tend to keep it to myself, but obviously the in-laws were told, to which they said, in shocked tones, but gosh….. You seem so well adjusted, we d never have known you were ever in care, you’ve done so well! The next time it came up it was when my husband and I were have some problems and the comment then was: well….. You can’t expect too much of her because of her background, she’s never experienced a normal stable family life, so doesn’t know how to act! ……which annoyed me a lot! 🙂 I personally feel that I’ve had a very special experience, and that my family have enabled me to see into and become a part of a very normal and stable family…… After all, what is normal? I’m also part of a fostering panel, and I sometimes feel enormous frustration that the system still let’s children down. Sometimes it seems like enormous paper trails, that in fact are young peoples lives. I ve been told that I have too simple a view on some situations, maybe I do, but I’m more aware that it’s real life for some children, than some of these professionals seem to be at times. Just wanted to give you an idea of why your book moved me, and got to me. As a foster carer, you make such a huge impact in young lives. I look forward to reading more of your books.
M, UK, 16/08/2011
Hi, I am 25 years old. I love reading your books, they are very touching. Today I have read the whole of your book Cut in one go. At several points I was reduced to tears especially in the last few chapters from where her mum was in hospital with her. Your books reflect a lot on me as I suffer with depression, anxiety, self harming, and overdosing. Things happened to me when I was younger that were talked about in your book Cut which I have never spoken about because I have been too scared. I never had a great childhood, I didn’t bond with my parents and we still don’t get on. I am now living in supported housing and tomorrow I am going to look at a care home for mental health, as where I live cannot cope with my needs. I feel like I am getting passed from one person to the next. Cut and some of your other books have helped me realise that as much as I am struggling there are people out there that understand and want to help. There are lots of other people going through similar things as I have been through. I just wanted to say how good and enjoyable your books are. I really get into them and cant put them down. I never want your books to end, sometimes I feel it’s me ur book. I hope that Dawn did get in touch with you and that she is doing well now. I wish you could have been my mum, maybe I’d be a better person by now if id had you looking after me! Take care.
Sarah, 25, 16/08/2011
Hi Cathy, I have just finished reading your book “Damaged”. I got incredibly involved in yours, your family’s and Jodie’s life. I found your approach to her behaviour enlightening. You made me feel very proud of those people who foster children. Well done in all your achievements, without you Jodie would not have ended up in high oaks and therefore would not be making as much progress as she is today. I know you thought you failed her but your involvement in her life was incredible. You family’s patience with her was remarkable and one day I hope to have your patience so I can look into fostering children. Well done in everything you do. Thank you for sharing your experiences with me. Yours sincerely
Chloe P, UK, 15/08/2011
Hi Cathy, I am 16 years old and I live with foster children that are similar to the children you write about in your books. My parents are foster carers and we have many challenging children with problems you can sometimes not fix. I think it’s great that you put the word out about fostering as there are so many children that need help like you give them. It’s nice to read about your stories as it’s hard when you get kids that at badly behaved, so it’s good to feel that every foster carer feels the same, and even you with many years experience. I really enjoy your books as I can relate to what you are saying. Your books have encouraged me to read more in the last few months. I find it hard when someone new comes into my house as it disrupts the family routine, so I know how your children feel. It’s really great when the children do go back to their mum and I think that’s the best thing that fostering can offer. Love the books and I look forward to reading more All the best
Beth, 16, Bristol, UK, 15/08/2011
Cathy, I have just finished reading Damaged and The Saddest Girl in the World. I really enjoyed both and both made me cry. You are a very brave and wonderful women. I shall be looking into buying the next 1. Your children are a credit.
Donya, UK, 15/08/2011
Hi Cathy, I have read about 4 of your books now and think they are great. I can’t put them down. Can you tell me what order you wrote them in? Thanks.
Susan R, 14/08/2011
CG: Hi Susan. The true stories can be read in any order but if you wish to read them in chronological order: Cut, The Saddest Girl in the World, I Miss Mummy, Damaged, Hidden and Mummy Told Me Not To Tell. Then The Girl in the Mirror, My Dad’s a Policeman, Run Mummy Run and Happy Kids can be slotted in anywhere. Cathy x
Hi Cathy just finished reading Hidden. It was absolutely great. Really enjoyed it. As usual another one of your great books. Love
Bez, UK, 13/08/2011
Hey Cathy Glass, I’m from Asia and I’m 14. I had bought 2 of your books and they are ‘Mummy Told Me Not To Tell’ (which I finish reading it) and currently reading ‘The Saddest Girl in the World”. I really like those books and know they are true stories. I love the book “Mummy Told Me Not To Tell”. It’s very touching and I can picture everything. I cried when I read the “It’s Hard To Say Goodbye” pages. I thought that Reece was going to stay with you and your family. When I was reading his story, I was thinking of becoming a carer like you when I grow up. I want to help kids and take care of them. I’ll be buying your other books. It’s weird that I’m reading non-fiction books at my age and enjoy them. That’s what my English Literature teacher told me. I always read true stories so I can collect information and maybe use it when I grow older. Keep doing what you’re doing. You’re my role model and can’t wait to share your books with all my friends (maybe even my English literature teacher). Thanks for the amazing books you’ve written. I’m sure your children are proud of you 🙂
Shirley, 14, Brunei Darussalam, 12/08/2011
Hi there I have just finished reading Damaged. What a very sad story, it made me cry in many of places, but it was so well written. You must be so proud of yourself for being such a wonderful foster carer. I hope you still keep in contact with Jodie, poor little girl. I hope she has managed to try and get over her past and have a normal live as possible. I now can’t wait to read the rest of your books.
Leanne, UK, 11/08/2011
Hi Cathy, I have just finished reading ‘Cut’ and it gave me a good understanding of fostering. I must admit I enjoyed it very much and look forward to buying the rest of your books for my library. Dawn’s life was so tragic and I am happy that you have cared for her which I believe eased her pain. I wish both of you success in whatever you do. God Bless
I am in the midst of reading your books, you are an inspiration. A wonderful person, & those lucky enough to have been part of your life are blessed with an angel! Third book in 3 days. Amazing. Love to you & ALL of yours xxx
Tanya, UK, 11/08/2011
Hello Cathy, I just wanted to write to tell you how much I was moved when I read ‘I Miss Mummy’. I felt like I knew you and Alice personally. You are a fantastic writer. My mum also read ‘I Miss Mummy’ and she enjoyed it too. I will definitely go to the shops and buy your other books. Thank you and keep doing what you are doing. Those children are lucky to have you. Much love.
I just finished reading your book “Damaged” and I absolutely loved it. I want to become a foster carer in the future. I am glad to have gotten some insight from your book about how severe a case can be. As I read the book, I questioned if I was really up for it, but I still want to do this. I’m impressed with your book and your ability to care for foster children. I can only wish to be a foster parent half as good as you are.
Mary B, 09/08/2011
I have just finished reading your book ‘Hidden’ and I have to say it is the best book I have ever read. It is truly amazing and inspirational and so are you. I will continue to read more of your books and hope you continue writing.
Damilola, UK, 09/08/2011
Hi, I am sixteen years old and I just wanted to say how good your books are. I have read Cut, Damaged and Hidden so far and I think your writing skills are excellent. You sound like such a caring person and your writing seems to have inspired me to begin writing bits and pieces of my own experiences. I was particularly touched by ‘Cut’ my contemplation for this is because I self harm. During the course of reading the book I felt safe – I felt as though you understood people who feel the need to hurt themselves and that you actually cared. In fact, your books are an excellent distraction from Cutting. Although I am still struggling things are slowly getting better. Social Services and other ‘professionals’ have made it worse though. I am alone in this. I have tried everything, counselling etc. but this proved unsuccessful .Sometimes I wish somebody cared about me as much as you cared about the children you foster. They are very lucky to have you. I hope things get better for me and every other individual in this world. I would love to hear back from you. Take care-and keep up the excellent work.
H, 16, London, UK, 09/08/2011
I would like to say how much I love reading your books about your experiences! Being a 17 year old and on a limited budget I picked up your book ‘Cut’ at £1, not knowing anything about you or your books. I could not put it down, I read it within two days! Since then I have read many more of your books and will carry on until I have read them all. I really hope you will carry on writing as they make people aware of the things people who foster and those who are fostered come across. They encourage me to read and I have recommended your books to many friends and family members. I become so engaged in your books it feels like I’m there watching it all! They are very emotional and I’m often crying at your books. You are doing an amazing job being a foster carer and it seems you were born to do this. Keep on writing!
Beth,17, UK, 08/08/2011
I enjoyed the story My Dad’s A Policeman and was very impress with Ryan wanting to stay with his mother although he knew she was not coming off the drink that easy, He was determined to stay in the family home and help her, even thought it meant risking everything that he could achieve i.e. his schooling and education. I also admire him wanting his younger brother living with him and his mother as a family. I am very happy that he has achieved going in the army, but I am very sad that he lost his mother. She did not live to see him grow up and enter into the army I wish him well and hope his younger brother also does well, and they both remain happy together. I was very emotional how he had progressed. It has a very good ending.
Yvonne R, UK, 08/08/2011
Hi Cathy, I’m just reading they last of your collection of books. They are truly inspirational. And you are too! I’ve known since I was about 13 that I’ve always wanted to foster and possibly adopt. I recognise the hard work and dedication you put in to fostering and one day in the future I would love to foster. I love your books. Some of them I have read in 2 days! I’m gutted that I have a wait until your next comes out! Anyway I don’t want to keep you from your hard work. But well done to you for becoming an inspirational writer! Stay safe and I hope to hear from you soon.
Natalie C, 20, 07/08/2011
Hi Cathy, I just wanted to write and tell you that I have read all your books and enjoyed them immensely. I can’t wait till your next ones are released. Because I have to wait, I have been reading books from other authors but really they are not in the same league as you. Keep up the good work Cathy and look forward to the new releases. Best wishes to you and your family (as they have played an important role in your career).
Linda G, UK, 07/08/2011
Dear Cathy, I have been reading your books for the last six months. What an amazing job you have done. Being a child in the foster care system for 6 years of my life I never once came across a carer quite like you. I now have two children of my own, and am loving my life. Your books hit very close to home for me, but I did enjoy reading all that you have done to help children like myself. Kindest regards,
Hello Cathy, discovered Damaged 2 days ago, finished that in a night, went and got Hidden today, just finished that, cried my eyes out to both of them. Your work is so inspiring. Thank you for letting us have an insight to your life.
Sharon R, 23, Southampton, UK, 07/08/2011
Hi Cathy I have read ALL of your books now! I absolutely love them. It’s so great to read that someone is so caring in the world. I unfortunately had a real rubbish childhood and was completely failed by social services. I have had serious problems and was taken into a psychiatric ward as I was suffering with severe self harm and kept attempting suicide. Luckily I pulled through and am back on track and teaching dance and settled in my own home with a partner. I really want to foster and could help children who need someone to care and love them. You’re my inspiration. I want to write a book about my life so that my family can read it and try and understand me. I just read Tayo’s story and cried at the end. You’re fantastic Cathy and want to thank you for your fantastic books they are truly amazing! Thank you I hope you can reply.
Dear Cathy Glass, I am just reading your book “Damaged”, I did not choose this book I got it from my friend who experienced horrible sexual abuse from her father. She gave it to me because I opened myself to her that my mother when she was seven experienced the same, but even worse, she gave a birth to the child who was her father’s daughter then. My Mum told me all this when I was abroad. I got shocked so much that still I cannot believe in it. I wanted to help my Mum somehow, but what I realise is that she really needs to talk to psychologist or someone who knows how to deal with this kind of problems. Does she need a therapy or something? I don’t know what to think about it because since she got divorced from my Dad, she always chooses older guys. I hope you will read this and answer me. I know many people write to you. I am sorry for bothering you but to be honest I think you may answer my question and give me some advice.
CG: Dear Sandra, I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s suffering. Clearly she has had to be very brave to try and put the past behind her and move on with her life. It is a sign of the wonderful relationship she has with you that she has been able to confide her tragic past in you. Whether she feels seeing a therapist would help has to be her decision. Some survivors of abuse feel it helps, others do not. If you want to suggest it you could say that you have been so shocked by learning what has happened you were wondering if the two of you could go and talk to a counsellor about it. Sadly sexual abuse is far more common than the average person realizes and the abuser is usually known to the victim and often comes from within the family. One of the reasons I write my books is to try and raise awareness. Take care, Cathy x
Hey Cathy, And I am 13 and in year 7. I may seem a bit young to be reading a book of yours, but I know I can handle it. I nagged my mum to let me borrow it from the school library, but she said it was too violent for me, because she read the blurb and said it might be a bit scary. But she finally gave in. At the moment I am reading Damaged. Wow, I can’t believe what you went through. I have been reading it for one day, and I am up to the part where Jodie is in her room and she is screaming and saying things to her dad. It must have been such a bad position for you to be in.
Brooklyn C, 13, Melbourne, Australia, 07/08/2011
Hi Cathy, I just wanted to write and tell you that I happened across one of your books purely by accident (Damaged), and as somebody in the final stages of the adoption process the timing couldn’t have been better. It is the only book in my life that I’ve read that has made me cry!! I’ve now received today, 6 more of your books which I’m sure will not only bring me some further education in terms of looked after children, but will also move me just as much as Damaged. I’ve also found reading your book much easier than some of the books recommended by adoption agencies. Now I’m not sure which to start reading first!! I have a great deal of admiration for the work that foster carers do. Thank you. Kind regards
Fiona, UK, 05/08/2011
Hi Cathy, I would just like to say I have read all your books, you are an amazing woman. I worked in social care and have a clear understanding of how traumatic it can be for the young people going through the care system. However foster carers like you who dedicate their lives make a difference to children in care. Writing about your foster children and sharing your stories gives people a clear understanding of the work you do, Also the trauma of the children. Thank you Cathy for sharing your stories with us. I am looking forward to your next book in September. Kind regards.
Caroline, UK, 04/08/2011
Dear Cathy, I have read all of your books whilst on my summer holiday. I have come to an internet cafe to tell you just how amazing and truly inspirational you are. You are a credit to the world, and there needs to be more people like you. You have inspired me to want to foster children when I am older and give them the love and perseverance that you have shown and given the children you have fostered. I am currently at university studying to be a primary school teacher, and your books have enabled me to recognise the signs of physical/sexual abuse with children, and for this, I must thank you. Kind regards,
Kelly B, 19, UK, 04/08/2011
Hi Cathy, I just wanted to email you a very short mail to say thank you for all the great books you have written. I love to read them and look forward to your next one in September, The Night the Angels Came. Thanks again.
Nicola N, 04/08/2011
Hello, I have read several of your true recollections of children that you have cared for. You have obviously done a remarkable job and have had a positive influence on many children’s lives. It is a credit to you that you have persisted in even the most difficult of cases, particularly Jodie’s. I was deeply moved by her story. I actually felt physically sick when I read the level of abuse she underwent right under the nose of social services. Thank you.
Hi Cathy, I just wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed reading your true stories. I’ve just about read them all. You are an amazing lady, committing your life to helping all those children and families. I can’t tell you how moved I’ve been by some of the stories. I hope there are more stories to come.
Kerry, UK, 01/08/2011
Hi there! I just thought I would take this opportunity to commend you on your books. It was after reading your first book ‘Damaged’ that I decided to study a social work degree and last week I graduated. It is because of your stories that I wanted to change the social work world and how naive I was! haha!! However I’ve started working in a child protection team and even if I can’t change the world, I can ensure I offer the best to every individual case. Enough of the story. Really just wanted to say thanks for your inspiration and I cannot wait for the next book in September. Thanks once again
Laura, UK, 31/07/2011
Hi Cathy, I’m from Sri Lanka. It’s a small island situated in Indian Ocean. This is to tell you that I read the Sinhala translation of your book “Damaged” and I couldn’t believe that story a ‘real’. How can a person treat its own child in a manner of unbecoming a character of a responsible parent. However, it is glad to hear that Jodie is recovering and showing a progress in her behaviour as well as her attitudes. Once I started reading them I can not put them down. Finally I wish you all the best. Thank you.
Thanuja D, Sri Lanka, 31/07/2011
Hello I think your book Cut is amazing. You were a brave women, and so was Dawn and it had a great ending to it. I’m trying to get hold of all your other books. I think you’re a great women and very inspiring. Keep up the books. Yours sincerely.
Stephanie J, 29/07/2011
Hi Cathy, I’ve just finished reading Mummy Told Me Not To Tell, and my heart goes out to little Reece. I fell pregnant last August and sadly after 3 days of finding out I lost the baby. Me and my partner were devastated and have been trying for another since then. It makes us so mad and angry that there are people like Reece’s mum who clearly don’t want to know or care about their children. I am happy that Reece had you, and you never gave up on him. It just goes to show that if you show them love and respect how much of a star they are, just like Reece. I found it very sad that he didn’t know what a seaside was and my heart sank when he said “I like it here. There aren’t ant secrets.” And then again when he said “I like it with you, you don’t have secrets.” The chapter that really got to me and made me cry was Forever Family. I was happy that he got to be with a family although it would have been nice to if he got to stay with you. All in all I think this a brilliant book and a story I will always remember. It’s nice to hear that you stay in touch with him. Reece really is a star with the progress he has made and I wish him all the best.
Sammi P, 29/07/2011
Hi Cathy, I have been a fan of your work for many years, introducing many others to your work including people thinking of fostering. I am a childminder myself and have been for some twenty years and before that nannying in London, so have been in childcare for nearly 35 years. Could you send me a list of your books please in case I have missed on. Many thanks
Bev B, UK, 27/07/2011
Hi Cathy, I have had the honour of reading two of your books, I Miss Mummy and Damaged. The first one jumped out at me from a 2nd hand book table outside our local grocery store one Saturday morning. I am so pleased someone in South Africa decided to share it. Needless to say I was onto Amazon within a few days ordering the next one, and I was on Amazon a few minutes ago when the “light” went on and I realised you had a web site. WOW!!!! Just want to let you know that I think the world is a better place with people like you and your family, and that what you are doing for your fellow human being is truly amazing. Thanks so much for sharing your stories with us and for the updates on these “little people”. After I had finished Damaged, besides being sad at the story itself I was sad because I would never know what would happen to Jodie. Am so chuffed that she is settled and doing ok! Cathy, thanks again! You are one of God’s richest blessings. Take care. I’m off to shop on Amazon for more of your books!
Lynne, Johannesburg, South Africa, 27/07/2011
Cathy, I just finished reading Damaged, and I found it so upsetting. It is so upsetting to me that things like this are happening in our world today. You sound like such an amazing, patient, and caring person. I would love to meet you someday and share some of my stories of working with special needs children with you as well. I feel like I have learned so much from you even though I have never met you before. You are very inspiring!
Adrienne, USA, 26/07/2011
Hi Cathy, I have just finished reading Hidden. I have also read Damaged. Both of your books only took me a couple of days to read because they are so interesting. I know a couple of people that went through what Jodie went through. I felt really sorry for her. When I was reading Hidden it made me cry. I didn’t think there was any hope to start with, like when you and Sandra said about not being able to find his father. But when I got to the part when you got the phone call I was so amazed that this man had been looking for his lost boy for so long. It was good that Tayo farther never gave up hope. I am going to get a kindle for my birthday so I will be buying more of your book because I find them so interesting. Plus it is helping me read better because they are easy to understand. Thank you for your time in reading what I have written. Hope to hear from you if possible.
Jenna-leanne, UK, 26/07/2011
Cathy welcome, I just finished reading a book titled Damaged. It really shocked me with what the parents did this poor little defenseless girl Jodie. Jodie suffered a lot and you gave her so much. You really are a wonderful woman. You are helping so many kids, I’m impressed. Jodie was a wonderful girl, but closed in from all those atrocities. She opened to you. I hope her dad and the others were convicted. Please reply only to my letter. I’m looking forward. Yours
Sylwia, 22, Poland, 25/07/2011
Hi Cathy. I finished reading your book Hidden today and it was so amazing. It actually brought a tear to my eye at the end. I felt that you were especially brave when Minty got her friend to threaten you. I was just so glad that the story had a happy ending for Tayo. Please reply back it would me very much appreciated.
Corelle, UK, 25/07/2011
Hi, I started to read your books last year, after reading one I couldn’t wait to read another and another till I had read them all. I have just finished reading My Dad’s a Policeman and then I read the update on the family. It was sad to hear that the boy’s mam had died. I have enjoyed all of your books and I can’t wait for your next book. Hope we don’t have to wait too long. From a number one fan.
Carol A, 25/07/2011
Dear Cathy, I am a big fan of your book Damaged. I am still reading it but I just can’t put it down. Once I finish Damaged I will definitely be reading your other books as well. Thanks for your time.
Dear Cathy, I love your books and think you are really a nice person. When I read Cut it reminded me of my past. I am in a foster placement and this has been my 15th time in care in 8 months. I think the way you help other kids learn to deal with stuff and care for them and treat them as family is really nice. It is scary going in to care and not knowing anyone and feeling like you don’t belong there but you must make them feel like they are part of the family. I just think it is amazing and I know you probably hear it everyday but you are. I am going to be a foster carer because I want to help children and give them what I never got. My mum killed herself and my dad went to prison and I used to stay with my uncle’s. He used to hit me all the time and he used to say I was a useless child. When I read Cut it reminded me of what I do. My arm was seen by my teacher and it had cuts on it from cutting. I was glad she saw because I got moved and I am so much happier now. Reading Cut gave me the confidence to speak up. When you say Dawn couldn’t remember when she was younger, I couldn’t remember anything too. I am receiving counselling and it is going well. I just want to say thank you and you are my role model xx
Lucy, 15, UK, 23/07/2011
Hi Cathy, I’ve started reading your books a few weeks ago, first one was Mummy Told Me Not To Tell. I’ve also read The Saddest Girl in the World and I just finished reading I Miss Mummy. I’m looking forward to reading your other books as my nephew (N) is in foster care and we will all find out in November if he will get adopted or go to a member of the family who’s put in for him. Fingers crossed the judge will decide he will be better with us or another member of the family. I’ve introduced your books to my mum as they give us a better understanding what N will be doing, and how it all works. My mum does not like reading books but has really taken to yours. I was shocked when she read them in space of a few days. They really are helpful to read and good stories as well. I hope you write more of your books in the future, I can’t tell you enough how good they are!! Lv
Rachel, UK, 22/07/2011
Hi Cathy, I have just finished reading your first book, Damaged. I, along with my partner Jo are prospective adoptive parents and should hopefully be at panel this August. We don’t ”crave a baby” for want of a better expression but feel we can give a child or children a better quality of life and a lot of love and understanding. There has been a 60% increase in children placed into care in the last 6 months in the area I live (Wolverhampton) a very upsetting statistic. I found ”Damaged” very saddening and I felt a lot of hurt for Jodie and a lot of anger towards her so called family. I have my doubts if she will ever lead a normal happy life. I have to say, yourself included, that foster carers do a fantastic job and deserve a great deal of respect and recognition. You have written the book very well and managed to convey all the emotions felt. Thank you so much for a brilliant read Cathy, I look forward to reading your other books. Take care. Kind regards
Mark, Wolverhampton, UK, 22/07/2011
Hello Cathy, I am 18 years old and have just left foster care myself. One of my previous carers was reading your books and said that they were very good. I was in the library the other day and I found a couple of them and decided to read them. The first one I read was I Miss Mummy, I found this a very moving story, as Alice was only 4yrs old and was unnecessarily taking away from her grandparents!! She coped very well with all that was happening, and I thought it was very brave of her to tell you about what her father had done to her mother the summer before! Now I am reading the one about Reece. It sickens me the way some mothers feel that they can talk to their children, and poor Reece felt that sexual advances towards other people were acceptable as he had not been taught otherwise. I am only 18 but I really wish to become a foster carer. I feel that all children deserve a good life or their parents just need a break. I would love to be able to help children and the professionals in the way that you did. Thanks Cathy. Look forward to hearing from you,
Kelly-Anne, 18, UK, 22/07/2011
Hi, Cathy, I have read all your books and my foster parent bought me your new book. I just want to say how much your books have helped me understand that there are other kids like me and it helps. You have inspired me so much. I am in care and I thank my foster carers. I don’t know what I would have done without them as my mother died when I was 11 and I don’t know where my dad is. I started reading your books when I was in a bad place and they opened my eyes. I think you are a great person and a great foster carer. I have always wanted to work with kids and now I want to be a foster carer. I think I can be good at it because I will be able to understand what the child is going through and how to help. I have a little sister and she has asked me too read your books but I have said I think she should wait a little bit. She thinks you are an amazing woman from what I have told her. I think you are a good role model to me and I want to thank you for letting everyone experience what it is like in fostering. I can relate to your book Cut so much as I have done most of the stuff through my life, and I was too scared to ask for the help I needed. I have asked for it and it is helping allot. Your kids are really really lucky to have a mum like you. Good luck in the future and I hope for the best for you xx
Bethany, 14, UK, 21/07/2011
Hi, I’ve been touched by the two books in your collection I have read, Damaged and Hidden. They’re exceptional when it comes to detail and emotional reading. I’m excited to read your other books. They really allow an insight into the world we live in. I’m only 18 and have my life ahead of me but have picked a career that will help me make a difference to the types of children you foster. I’m studying child psychology and reading books such as yours is giving me a better out-look on what to expect. I want to thank you greatly, for taking the time to write these books and stand up for the children you look after. I hope you realise the courage, patience and understanding you have is that of a saint.
Chelsea, 18, Birmingham, UK, 21/07/2011
Hi Cathy, I am a great lover of your books, and have read many of them. Last week I was on holiday reading ‘Run Mummy, Run’. In it there was a Buddhist quote that really touched me. Unfortunately I left the book overseas. Is there any chance you could remind me of the exact quote as I am hoping to get it printed to go in the nursery for my baby (Due in Oct!) Many thanks,
CG: Dear Gemma, I hope you had a good holiday. The quote is: ‘They do not dwell in remorse over the past, nor do they brood over the future; they abide in the present: therefore they are radiant.’ ‘Samyutta Nikaya, 1,10.
Dear Ms. Glass, I have just finished reading “Damaged” and “Hidden” and will soon read “Cut.” I could not stop crying. Fortunately I had a wonderful childhood, but I am an art teacher for 520 pre-k -4 students, some illegal and over 50% who have free or reduced breakfast and lunch. I read your books to remind me that my kids could be your kids without my knowing. No matter how what kind of day I have, I have to remember what children like yours and so many others are going through. It helps me be more patient, more comforting, and more understanding. I have children come to school in an agitated state, hungry, tired, etc. and have no idea why. Your books make me think more carefully about judging. Thank you so much.
Tara, USA, 20/07/2011
Hello Cathy, I just had to write and tell you how refreshing your books are. To read of the compassion and passion you have with the children you care for is amazing! Recently (April of this year 2011) my husband bought me a Kindle. I came across one of your book Damaged, I think was the first one I read. Since I have read every other one you have written except “Run Mummy Run” I will be looking for it. Your style of writing is great and fully engrosses me in the story. The wording you use gives me a feel of being there. Thank you for sharing this part of your life with me in your books.
Carol S, 20/07/2011
Hi Cathy, I have read most of your books and they have touched me I can relate to Cut the most. I am in foster care and have been all my life and the world could do with more foster carers like you. The kids you foster are lucky. When I am older I am hoping to become a foster carer and I hope to touch people like you have. You sound like a really nice person from what I have read in your books, I hope to read more of them. I have just bought your new book and can’t stop reading. I am enjoying it so far. Good luck in the future.
Gemma, 15, UK, 19/07/2011
Hi Cathy, what can I say apart from you do an amazing job. All the help you have given to those children who really needed to be part of a loving family and helped them make something of their lives. You are truly an amazing women. I was never into reading but I was given a copy of Damaged (in July 2011) and was hooked from the start. It took me 3 days to finish. I then purchased I Miss Mummy and Mummy Told Me Not To Tell, again I was hooked and finished those within a week. I now own all of your books and I have just pre ordered The Night The Angels Came. I am currently reading The Girl in the Mirror which I find hard to put down. I’m so looking forward for The Night The Angels Came to be released and hope there are some more books coming out soon. Once again I would like to thank you for all your hard work you have done over the years. It’s people like you who make a difference in someone’s life.. Keep up the good work
Stacey, UK, 17/07/2011
Cathy, I just read you book Damaged and it really touched me. I’m a social worker and work with many damaged children. We need plenty of foster carers just like you. Your book also made me realise that I’m guilty of spending too much time filling in forms and writing reports and not enough time with the children. I really do hate it. Thank you for your book
Nicola, Birmingham, UK, 17/07/2011
Dear Ms Cathy Glass, I have read your books and think that you are a very talented author and that the work you do is truly amazing and inspirational. After reading about the great work you do, I now wish to work with children in the future. It sounds a very rewarding thing to do, being able to help children less fortunate or those who need help or guidance. I understand that you may not have time, but would very much appreciate it if you could possibly send a reply. I very much look forward to future books of yours being published and I can not wait to read more about your amazing work and interesting stories.
Amy, UK, 16/07/2011
I started reading your books two months ago. I never read at all but we went on holiday for a week and I read My Dad’s a Policeman. I really got into it and read it in 2 days. Then I read Mummy Told Me Not To Tell, Damaged, Cut and The Saddest Girl in the World. I have really enjoyed reading your books and the way you help all the children. You should be so proud of your children; the way they accept all the foster children and understand. The next book I am going to read is I Miss Mummy. I think that foster carers and social workers have a big job and you don’t realise what happens when a child goes in to care. So well done to you all. You are a great writer and please carry on.
Kristine, UK, 16/07/2011