All entries are from emails sent to Cathy, however she cannot be held liable for the validity of the claims made, some of which are very disturbing. Cathy reads and replies to as many emails as she can.
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Hello Cathy, I just finished your book Damaged. I have been greatly affected by your adventure with Jodie, wherever I’m teacher and I have worked for this year with children removed in emergency from their family and placed in home structure. I was far from imagining the difficult lives of some children. I realize every day of difficulty working with their suffering that is not always easy to manage. But how much this work grows us! I’m collapsed before the barbaric behaviour of some parents for these children that they should be regarded as gifts of life. I’m alarmed at the failings of our administrative systems. But what a relief to know that there are people like you who are trying to repair the souls of these Damaged children. Also thank you for your testimony and the battles that you do every day to bring a new ray of sunshine to these children!
Corinne, France, 20/04/2013
Have you had offers to make movies of any of your books? I think Hidden would make a great one. That was such an up-lifting account of a family, and a wonderful ending for the child.
Rachel A, Beverly Hills, Florida, USA, 19/04/2013
Dear Cathy, I know that you are very limited to what you can divulge as a foster carer. I have found all the secrecy and lack of liaison between social workers extremely frustrating. My own recent experience was of fostering a baby from newborn to 15 months. His mother desperately wanted him but needed some practical support and help. She was not a drug addict/criminal/alcoholic, neither was she mentally ill or violent, but she was homeless at the time of baby’s birth. The baby’s grandmother came forward to look after him but social services decided not to let her have him, much to her amazement and distress. There was never any valid reason given as to why baby could not go to grandma. She was already looking after her own child with no problems, so it is a mystery. Social services decided from the very beginning that the baby was going to be adopted, and the twin-tracking process was just a farce. The reason baby was with me for so long was because they were fighting for him, but in the end, to no avail. I felt that the family had been treated appallingly, and I’m still fuming about it. I made it clear to the social workers that I felt that a grave injustice had been committed. Sorry for the rant. I love your books! Best wishes
J, UK, 18/04/2013
Good day, Hope this mail finds you well. I’m writing from south Africa. Could you please send me a list of all the books you have written. I have just started reading you books and I totally love them – please bear in mind I never ever read before, and in the past two months I have read Cut and My Dad’s a Policeman. So I would like to get my hand on all you books. Your assistance would be appreciated.
Charmaine M, Cape Town, South Africa, 18/04/2013
Hi Cathy, I hope you are well. I have just read the Sinhala translation of the Damaged. You are amazing woman. How is that girl? I think she is ok now. I hope so.
Nadeera, Sri Lanka, 18/04/2013
Hi Cathy, I just wanted to write to you and thank you for your compelling addictive books. The content is so sad and you have done your best to fight the system which goes terribly wrong. I think you have done a great job in caring for these children and supportive of their families. I look forward to more of your books. I think your writing is done perfectly as it’s so honest and provides awareness to others that this does go on in reality and the system has to start changing before this stops. From your fan in Australia,
Ria N, Australia, 18/04/2013
Dear Cathy, I have loved reading your books. They are inspirational and give me so much hope. I believe that I will have my happy ending, my life has been tough, although there are some who are living a tougher one each day. I found myself emotionally attached to each book, and mostly to Donna in The Saddest Girl in the World. I’ve read it three years ago, but still can’t seem to forget her. I would love to be in touch with her and get a response from you soon, even if I can’t email her. Keep the great work going, you’re an angel. These kids are blessed to have you. Yours truly. One of your biggest fans.
Hello Cathy Glass, I am reading your books, they truly touch my heart. I heard about you through the woman who is caring for me, she ran across your book Damaged. She didn’t think it wise that I read it with my own dark past, but I saw it as a challenge and decided too. I am glad I did, because your story, writing style, experiences, touched my heart. I have been fortunate not enter the system, but I have not had a great past. From your books I can see you have a heart for the hurting and have done your best and a wonderful job. I guess I want to thank you for reaching out to the children in need and providing a safe home, loving and gentle. I want to thank you for writing your books. They truly touched me, and that is not easy, not in the way that your writing has. I feel like a rambling fan girl, I apologize. Part of me wants to tell you my story, but that feels inappropriate, so I will just say that I felt it deeply in my heart, especially after reading Cut. I could relate to it so closely. Thank you for writing. Thank you.
Erica R, 17/04/2013
Cathy, I just wanted to say you are an amazing person. My husband and I have been foster parents for almost 6 years now and have had 36 children through our home. Have adopted 3 and will be starting on the 4th adoption soon .Recently had a placement where we had to deal with false accusations from parents right from the start. Was starting to wonder if this is something we wanted to continue putting our family through. Reading your books I see we have been through nothing like you have. The way you deal with these children’s different problems are amazing. I have read 6 of your books, and just can’t put them down once I have started… Thank you for all the hard work and love you have put into these children and sharing your experiences. I was also a foster child for awhile as a child but back then the system didn’t care about the children the way they do now…
Tammy G, USA, 16/04/2013
Hi Cathy, I read your Damaged, Hidden, Cut, I Miss Mummy, My Dad’s a Policeman, The Girl in the Mirror, Run Mummy Run, A Baby’s Cry, just now finished reading Another Forgotten Child. You are a wonderful woman. I want all the best in your life and Adrian, Paula and Lucy’s lives. I’m a stay home mum and with 3 children, their dad is always busy so doesn’t have time for me. Your books inspire me to be a good mum and feel good myself. Sometimes feel lonely so I start reading. My Dad’s a Policeman was my first book. I felt so touched by reading your book. All the best.
Sharmeen, Australia, 15/04/2013
I started reading your books about a month ago and now I will be reading every book you write. Please let me know when you have a new book released so I don’t miss any. Thank you very much. I have wanted to be a foster parent for years since I cannot have any children, but I am not set up to do that yet. I think I might be able to within another year, so I’m very excited and enjoy reading your books because it gives me an idea of some of things I could run into. I look forward to many more books. Sincerely,
Hay Cathy I just read the update page on Jodie. I am so proud of you and her. I just got two more of your books on my iPad. I can’t wait to start reading them. Thank you for all your hard work. Keep it up. You are an amazing woman. Best wishes.
Amanda, USA, 12/04/2013
Hi Cathy, I just wanted to thank you for writing your books. I have read two within the past week, and they helped me a lot. I am a Child and Youth Worker in Canada. And reading the techniques you have used in these books has helped me with some of the students I work with presently. I’m awe of your courage and patience as well as your persistence when helping the children. If you have any tips on anything that can help behaviour children I would be forever thankful!
Teah C, Canada, 12/04/2013
CG: Thanks Teah. I think you may find that reading my book Happy Kids will help you in your work.
I downloaded one of your books and was amazed with your profession. I never really stopped to think about foster care and the reasons children are in the system until you enlightened me. I am an American living in Florida and I am sure this abuse happens all over the world. You are an amazing woman, person, carer and writer. When my husband retires at 8pm to watch TV in the back of the house, I shut everything down in the living room put the lamp on and relax on the couch to read your stories. I read with tears running down my face. I become very absorbed in your writings, most every night. I do not get to sleep before 1 am. I’m a 65 year old retired woman who has grown children, grandchildren and my great grandchildren. You can appreciate my love for children and life. I was abused as a child, and abuse followed me with my first two husbands. So I know the patterns but it stopped with me. I did not pass this down to my children. Your books have helped me to understand more about my life. I have downloaded all of your books to my kindle. This world is truly blessed to have you in it.
Lu B, USA, 12/04/2013
I have read Damaged and it made me cry but I could not put it down. I love to read even though I feel so bad for these kids. I think you are amazing for the job you do. My home care provider is a foster parent too.
Amanda, USA, 10/04/2013
Hi Cathy, I would just love to say I love your books, you’re such a good author. I have been captivated by ‘Another Forgotten Child’ which really caught my heart. The stories are about children who have been through a bumpy upbringing similar to me.
Hi Cathy, what an amazing lady you are, and lovely children. I have only started reading since Christmas, thanks to my daughter for my kindle!! Your books are so interestingly written and I feel like I’m part of your family and friends. All the books are amazing. I can’t single one particular book. Thank you for sharing your amazing stories with us, I look forward to reading more from you in the future. Love and best wishes.
Hi Cathy, I have read some of your books including The Saddest Girl in the World, The Night the Angels Came and Mummy Told Me Not To Tell. You are an inspiration and your books are written in a way that I can feel myself completely absorbed in every scene. Your and your family’s contribution to lives of children you have fostered is enormous. God bless you and your family. Regards
Hi Cathy, Well I’ve just finished your book ‘Hidden’ and I can honestly say it was a beautiful story. It broke my heart over and over again but not in a negative way!!! You are an inspiration and Tayo was a very lucky boy. Is his life everything he wished it would be? I hope so because he deserves it. Thank you for taking time out to read this. Keep being the star you’ve been for so many children
Kirsty R, 27, Leicester, England, 08/04/2013
I have now read 6 of your books and as a foster and adoptive mom wish I had them to read 20 years ago. I would have been a better parent to my children through many of your real life experiences. You are truly amazing,
Ginny H, USA, 08/04/2013
I have read, Mummy Told Me Not To Tell, I Miss Mummy, Damaged and am half way through A Baby’s Cry. I enjoy your books and have a hard time putting them down. I gave read Damaged in 9 hours straight of reading because I was curious to find out what was going to happen to Jodie. I am going to read all of your books. I just thought I’d say to me you’re an excellent person and a great writer. Keep up the good work I am enjoying your books. You are my favorite author yours truly
Kali, Canada, 07/04/2013
I’ve been reading your books and I find you fascinating. I was a foster child when I was younger and would have loved you as my foster family. Mine wasn’t the best but I can imagine it wasn’t the worst. Keep writing your books for they are fascinating and gives you a look from the inside of being a foster parent. I praise you for being wonderful and loving. Take care and god bless you!
Dear Ms. Glass, I am 26 years old and I have been the victim of domestic violence but was lucky I found the strength to leave. I have been buying your books, and I must say I am addicted to them. It breaks my heart to read about these beautiful children who have suffered at the hands of the people who are meant to protect them. I have to say that you are a blessing and the children who you have care for, are some of the luckiest. I grew up in a house filled with love and laughter. My mother is very serene and the one of the very few people I trust to care for my children whilst I am working. My father never yelled; he spoke to us gently. He is a very good man. I grew up with boundaries and rules, but happiness most of all. I never was hit or screamed at. I had and still have a very deep respect for my parents, who taught me all the good things in life and tried their hardest to shelter me from the bad. I agree with your view on raising children, as it was how I was raised and even though there were times we struggled financially, we were never without love and understanding. My siblings and I have all grown up happy and healthy. I believe in giving back as much as you can. You are an inspiration, a blessing, a symbol of peace and faith and hope. I hope you continue to write, for the only way to stop abuse, is to bring light to it. Knowledge is the key. Thank you Cathy,
Lex, Australia, 06/04/2013
Thank you very much for all the books. I am partially sighted and loosing what sight I have but with the aid of a kindle I have read my way through all of your books. Amazing. You’re a wonderful woman. Thank you very much for sharing your wonderful stories.
Kelly, UK, 05/04/2013
I must say that I’m a big fan of your books! I really love the way you write and connect to the readers. Thank you so much. I have almost read all your books since I was 15 years old (I’m 21 this year btw). Thank you so much for writing a very touching good books that is really hard to put down. I wish you all the success in the world Cathy, may God bless you and continue writing more books for us to read! Hehe. Love from Singapore! (Your books are quite a hit with all my friends here!).
Natasha H, Singapore, 02/04/2013
Witam, mam na imie Angela i jak bedzie widac jestem Polka. Chcialam napisac tu krotko,ze przeczytalam Pani jak na razie dwie ksiazki, a jedna z nich zdominowala mnie , gdzie nie moglam opanowac lez :(. ‘ skrzywdzona’ . Oczu nie moglam od niej oderwac, przeczytalam ja w dwa dni z zaciekawieniem jak sie skonczy. I choc wiem,ze jest opatra na prawdziwych wydarzeniach , jest naprawde wspaniala i zarazem smutna :(. Serdecznie pozdrawiam :).
Angela, Poland, 31/03/2013
Hello, I have just finished reading ‘A Baby’s Cry’ and it is the first book of yours I have read. Can I just say I think it’s amazing what you do. Just reading you story I was in tears by the end at you and your children saying goodbye to Harry. The way the book is written is brilliant and I can’t wait to read more of your books. Thanks for a brilliant read.
Victoria, UK, 28/03/2013
You and your family are simply amazing, and inspiring. I find it wonderfully amazing how you help change so many children’s lives for the better.
Caitlin, UK, 28/03/2013
Hi Cathy we just want to say how much we really enjoy reading your books and look forward to the next ones. They are so well written. You are such a lovely foster carer /mother, you are such an amazing lady, you really are an inspiration. Cathy keep up the good work
Dawn and Marge, UK, 26/03/2013
Hi, Cathy , I just finished Cut! I sobbed at the end! How old is dawn now? Have you had any contact? Amazing story! I am going to read A Baby’s Cry next! Almost read them all x .
CG: Thanks Fay, there are updates on all the children on the book pages of my website.
Hello Cathy, hope you and your family are well. I am emailing to ask have you got a date of the book where you foster and adopt Lucy. And you say in one of your books you look after twins, you brining a book about that. 🙂 I have finished your books Damaged, Hidden, Cut, The Saddest Girl in the World, I Miss Mummy and A Baby’s Cry. Just about to start Mummy Told Me Not To Tell 🙂 x
CG: Thanks Toni. My next book is out 25th April and is called Please Don’t Take My Baby, and Lucy’s story is out in September.
Witam, mam na imie Angela i jak bedzie widac jestem Polka. Chcialam napisac tu krotko,ze przeczytalam Pani jak na razie dwie ksiazki, a jedna z nich zdominowala mnie , gdzie nie moglam opanowac lez :(. ‘ skrzywdzona’ . Oczu nie moglam od niej oderwac, przeczytalam ja w dwa dni z zaciekawieniem jak sie skonczy. I choc wiem,ze jest opatra na prawdziwych wydarzeniach , jest naprawde wspaniala i zarazem smutna :(. Serdecznie pozdrawiam :).
Angela, Polan, 21/03/2013
Hello Cathy, I have read most of your books and am looking forward to the next release in April. Thank you for all you do for the children that you have helped. Many lives have turned out so differently because of your intervention. God bless,
Hi Cathy, Greetings for New Zealand! My 16 year old daughter and I have really been enjoying your books and she has reviewed a number of them for her English class. Rebecca has had a fairly sheltered life so your books have been a bit of an eye opener for her as she comes to a deeper understanding that not every child is loved and cared for!
Sally, New Zealand, 21/03/2013
Hi Cathy, I am reading The Saddest Girl in the World at present, and I just had to email you about the bit I read last night. I read the part where Donna is standing with you outside the school gates, waiting for her mother to acknowledge her presence, and when she does poor Donna gets the most foul mouthed abuse from her mother. I found it hard to comprehend how a mother could use that word at all, let alone to her own daughter. Like you Cathy, I am a lone parent with teenage children. A few months ago my son came out with the C word. I was so shocked I didn’t say anything the first time. The second time he said it, I knew I had to say something. Thankfully he hasn’t said it again. I think it’s the most horrible word in the world. Anyway, back to the book. Excellent read and I hope poor Donna gets her Happy Ever After. Keep on doing what your doing Cathy. Best wishes
Tracy W, 19/03/2013
Hi Cathy, hope you’re ok. So glad I bought myself a kindle fire, it’s super, best thing I ever bought. I wanted a garden swing but weather so bad got that instead. Finished reading the railway children which I really enjoyed but I knew that I had Another Forgotten Child on my kindle ready to read. Can’t put it down, smashing as usual. Enjoying the bit about her nits and looking forward to new book release in April. It can be my Easter present. Keep up the good work, take care love.
Beryl, UK, 19/03/2013
I have just finished The Night the Angels Came. What an amazing book. I have read a lot of your books. Once you open them you can’t put them down. I keep passing them on to friends. You’re an amazing lady xx
Diane, UK, 19/03/2013
Hi Cathy you are so amazing. The way you handle children, taking care of them and also their families. I’m reading The Night the Angels Came. I’m finding it so heartbreaking to.finish. Reading the part where Pat is in a hospice, but I’m going to be brave and finish the book. So sad. You are a inspiration to us all, a very brave lady with so much love to give. Keep up the good work. Would love to meet u. I shall keep reading your books. You are an amazing woman x
Cathy, I’m only 13 but I’ve read two of your books. I have read Damaged and Cut and couldn’t put them down. I think you’re an inspiration to everyone. I just love the books and I am planning to read ‘The Night the Angels Came’ asap! Thank you!:)
Elena, UK, 13/03/2013
Hi Cathy. I recently came across your book ‘Damaged’ about Jodie and completely loved it. Such a touching story I didn’t want to put it down. I’ve never read foster stories before but you’ve become my new favourite author. I’ve just ordered another 5 of your books. You’re doing wonderful things Cathy, you’re an inspiration to everyone!
Sassa, Australia, 12/03/2013
Hiya Cathy I have just finished reading Damaged in one day. I couldn’t put it down at all. Now I am on to Another Forgotten Child. Such a griping read!
Tina, UK, 12/03/2013
Hello! I am reading The Night the Angels Came and it is such a great book. I’m only fourteen and what you do makes me want to do fostering when I grow older. I am sure you have many other emails but I just wanted to say that you inspirer me! You seem like an excellent woman! Thank you (:
Hello Cathy, I have only just found out about your books from a family member. I have just finished reading ‘Mummy Told Me Not To Tell’, this book is so touching! You are an inspiration to anyone, the way you changed Reece was incredible. I am just going onto another one of your books called ‘The Saddest Girl in the World’ and I am very much looking forward to this book!!
Rebecca, UK, 11/03/2013
Dear Cathy, The book Damaged is the most shocking story I ever read. I am from Sri Lanka and I am a Buddhist. From the day I finished reading the book, I remember you and Jodie in my prayers. Though Jodie is 18 yrs old now she might need you more and more because you are the only person she loved in her life. May the little daughter find the bright side of the life. You are an amazing mother. The words are not enough to express my feelings towards you. Being a mother of two kids I believe I have to learn a lot from you. May the triple gem blessings be with you and your children (especially Jodie).
Nis, Sri Lanka, 10/03/2013
Dearest Cathy, as a writer and editor for CBS in Houston, TX (USA), I usually have difficulty in fully engaging in the written works of others without being plagued by my editorial eye, analyzing word choices, order, grammar and such. But I find your books to be captivating, addictive and quite special. I’m on my ninth book of yours in eight weeks, and I’m losing precious sleep because I cannot stop reading or switch off the lamp like Adrian does when he’s told. Thank you for allowing your audience into your world, your experience as a carer and into your home as we feel we are delighting in your delights and also wallowing in your pains. Your words on paper have motivated me, wrecked my nerves, made me both laugh and cry and have taught me so much. Hoping to follow in your caring footsteps…
AMR, USA, 10/03/2013
Hi Cathy, I have just finished reading ‘A Baby’s Cry’ and have spent the last 2 hours sobbing my heart out. As much as this was one of the best outcomes anyone could have imagined it was also a very heartbreaking story for you and your children, and of course Rihanna. I really do take my hat off to you (and other foster parents like you). You truly are an amazing, kind hearted lady and I am so very grateful you share your memories with us. If it weren’t for you Harrison would never know the love and affection his mum had for him. I am a mother of 3 beautiful, happy & healthy children whom I love dearly. I have lived in Canada for almost 4 years but I am from Scotland. I love reading how much you care for these children and help them through. Your love shows no boundaries. If only there were more people like you. Thank You, and long may your work & writing continue.
Leeann, Canada, 10/03/2013
Dearest Cathy! Well done once again! You are blessed with so many talents and all the children that are fostered by you are very lucky! You write your books with so much detail and love that I always finish reading them in a day or maximum two! About two years ago I emailed you and told you that I was trying for a baby and you told me that soon I would be emailing you with good news! Well, in October last year, I had a baby daughter. She is my pride and joy! Looking forward to reading your next book this April! Keep up the great work and may God bless you and your family today and always, Regard,
Christine, Malta, 07/03/2013
Hi Cathy, I felt I must share with you that I have been an avid reader of your books for the last 2 years. At the moment I have just started “Hidden.” I have a young South African friend who moved to the U.K. in 2011 (as my husband and I also did that year). She and her husband have just started the preparation for becoming foster parents through the social services. I have told her about you and she is buying up your books. The first one she has is ” Happy Kids.” I pray you continue this wonderful work of not only fostering but also writing about your experiences. God bless you
Carol, UK, 07/03/2013
Hello Cathy, you are a truly amazing person. I would love to foster. I have a 5 month baby boy and reading “A Baby’s Cry” truly made me appreciate that I can keep my baby and look after him with lots of support from my mum and amazing family. I have no idea how Rihanna must have felt at the thought of never seeing her baby again. You’re story had me crying from start to finish! Hope you and your family are well. I’m looking forward to reading the next book of yours I buy! Lots of Love
Shannon, UK, 06/03/2013
Hi Cathy, I have been a social worker nearly as long as you have been a foster carer! I have been inspired and touched by your books, giving an honest reflection of not only sharing your life and your fostering families lives with the many children you have cared for, but also sharing the difficulties you face in the sometimes “tin of worms” systems in which we both work. It is very frustrating for you and the children you care for not to have the full support of the child’s social worker. I have worked in child protection/children’s homes/leaving care team/lac and children in need and have been a supervising social worker for 7 years. I have often thought about becoming a foster carer but having read your books, and supporting my carers, I have concluded that I am needed on the other side of the fence. Most foster carers and their fostering families accomplish the impossible and I admire your strengths, enabling children to reach their full potential. I enjoy assisting that to happen. I advise potential foster carers to read your books and I share your experiences with new carers and existing carers, which has enabled carers to feel confident in what they are achieving. I refer to you often when delivering preparation groups……. I just wish you were one of my carers, so I could let you deliver the whole group sessions! The true reflection of your experiences is an inspiration to children and adults. You must be extremely proud of your fostering family. Your experiences have allowed me to think about my carers families a little more. I wish you the very best in your ongoing career. The children need you!! Take care, and thank you so much for sharing your fostering experiences
Vivienne, UK, 05/03/2013
Hello Cathy! I just finished reading Another Forgotten Child and I, too, couldn’t put it down. You are an excellent writer and a wonderful person. You are truly to be commended for all you’ve done for all of your foster children. When I read one of your books, I feel like I’m with family — you and your children are like my extended family. I am looking at the other books you’ve written and am deciding which one I want to purchase next. Keep up the wonderful work!
Mary, Pennsylvania, USA, 03/03/2013
Hello Cathy I am a student at university, I have just finished reading “Damaged” I have a few of your books and you do an amazing job, and your an incredible woman, Damaged certainly was a crazy book but you did the best you could and I hope she’s doing well and so are you and your family, I will definitely be purchasing more of your books, you truly are an inspiration to women around the world and future foster carers. God bless, best wishes.
Laura, UK, 02/03/2013
Hello Cathy, I would like to start by saying that I am a huge fan of your books, and find that it is unbelievable the level of abuse that children go through to this day. It really does make a person be thankful for things they have, as although we take things like sitting at dinner with the family for granted, many children find that to be a strange practice. Your books have opened my eyes to many problems like this and I would like to thank you for that. I would also like to ask you whether it would be possible for you to publish the story of how your adopted daughter Lucy came to you originally, and all the problems she faced before foster care. Thank you once again Kind Regards,
Jannat A, UK, 02/03/2013
Hi, I would just like to tell you I am a huge fan of your books. You are a truly amazing woman for what you do for the children you look after! I am waiting to read A Baby’s Cry, and look forward to reading Lucy’s story when it is released. Thank you
Kerry H, 02/03/2013
Hi Cathy, I found your book Damaged in my local bookshop and started reading. Before long I knew that I have to buy the book and read it at home cause I almost burst in tears. It took me a while to purchase another book of yours cause my mind was still with Jodie. Your books draw me back to our life and how we tend to complain for all insignificant little things in our imperfect life, while these young girls have experienced something that neither of them should have. Yet, they still managed to found the good in life (which is you and your family) and being given another chance to live their lives. I wish more people would read your books and realize that our lives are not to be taken for granted and we have to be grateful for them and not to complain for those insignificant little imperfections of life. Cathy, you are a good parent, remember how many children’s lives you have touched and changed. I will be getting another book of yours soon 🙂 With love and hugs from Melbourne,
Darbie, Australia, 01/03/2013
Hi Cathy so far I have read five of your books and have really enjoyed them as I and my family have been fostering for almost twenty six years here in Ireland. So apart from reading of your experience with children and all that comes with fostering I have been really interested and comparing how as foster carers our roles differ as you work with an independent body I work with our local health service exeCutive (HSE). I have just finished A Baby’s Cry and it brought back so many memories to me as my line of fostering has been mostly pre adoptive so that like Harrison, babies come straight from hospital to our home where their stay could be anything from 2 weeks to one year, as a result I found all the sadness and joy that giving up a foster child can bring. Kindest regards
Joan, Ireland, 28/02/2013
Bonjour à vous, Je viens de terminer “Ne dis rien…” qui est le deuxième livre que j’ai lus de vous. L’histoire de Reece m’as beaucoup toucher, même s’il n’as pas eu un passé aussi horrible que Jodie. Encore une fois, vous avez su faire preuve de beaucoup de patience et surtout d’énormément d’amour envers cet enfant que beaucoup de gens préfèrais exclure plutôt que de s’en occuper. Grace à vous, il a désormais une vie plus belle et paisible qu’il n’aurait pu avoir autrement. Bref; j’admire beaucoup ce que vous faites. Vous avez des nouvelles de Jodie et Reece? Ils se portent bien? Bonne journée à vous. (Hello to you, I just finished “Do not say anything …” which is the second book I’ve read from you. The story of Reece touched me very much, even if it did not have a horrible past that Jodie had. Again, you were able to show a lot of patience and love for this child that many people cannot deal with. Well done, Reece now has a life more beautiful and peaceful than he would otherwise. I really admire what you’re doing. Good day to you.)
Alain, France, 24/02/2013
Hi Cathy, I discovered your books only a couple of months ago but I have nearly read them all as I just can’t put the books down! I normally have a short attention span when it comes to reading as I get bored very easily so it takes a very good writer and story teller to keep me interested all the way through, which is certainly the case with your books! You have such a lovely way of writing that I completely get lost in what I’m reading and before I know it, a few hours has gone by. I think you do a marvelous job with the children you look after, I wish a lot more people were like you as you genuinely care and go out of your way for those children. What touched me even more was how your lovely children accepted the foster children into their lives too, and like you, genuinely cared for them. Even when a child hit out at them in one way or another, Adrian, Paula and Lucy were always very forgiving and understood the situation, even at a young age. I’ve just finished reading the book ‘I Miss Mummy’ and I found it that emotional that I cried a lot whilst reading it. It’s a very heart wrenching story but it also warms the heart at the same time. I would highly recommend it. I was so glad you became a voice for her and kept on reminding everyone involved how much of a strong bond she had with her grandparents and mother, and I was so glad of the happy outcome, which you played a big part in. I’m really looking forward to reading Lucy’s story! Keep up the good work. Kind Regards,
Leanne, UK, 20/02/2013
Hell Cathy, I have read all your books. I love your style of writing, it make me feel as though I am there with you. Your job is the most rewarding of all careers. I am truly happy that you have written about Lucy, I have often wondered about her. It is also great that your son and daughters give you so much support, and the extended family too. Thank you for so much pleasure you have given me
Hello Cathy, I have just finished reading Another Forgotten Child. This book moved me so much and one day I hope to be able to be a foster carer. You have inspired me. What you done for Aimee was amazing, When I got to the part where Jason came in, I so hope that you would get her after all the hard work and progress you made with this girl who had been though so much. I Hope Aimee is doing well with the choice that was made. One day I wish to be a foster carer liked you who can make a difference in a child’s Life. Take care and best Wishes
Natalie, UK, 20/02/2013
Hello Cathy, Hidden enthralled me. My wife and I used to foster and we could relate to much of what was in the book. It would be a good book for prospective foster carers to read. Yours sincerely,
Tommy K, 18/02/2013
Hi Cathy, I’m mother of one son. Recently I read Damaged and I was so shocked. First I thought that you have made it up. But I have gone thru your web pages and all other details and I realized that all are true. You have done a great job Cathy, and God will bless you thousand times. God blessings not only with you Cathy but for your children as well. I know it will last for generations coz u have helped innocent kids. I can see how u have done it thru your book. I have a son and I do not have such patience even for my son. But after reading your book I’m trying to adjust my life like that way. You are a great mother & god bless u Cathy. tks & regards
Ashani, UK, 18/02/2013
Hello Cathy, hope you and your family are very well. I just thought I’d let you know that you’re one of my biggest inspirations ever! I started reading true story books at the age of 9/10 as I really liked reading them. But for the last year I’ve been reading your books and they are, by far, the best books I have ever read. Thanks to you, in 7 years time, when I reach the age of 23, I’d love to take on adoption or fostering, because it’s amazing how much of a difference it can make. I’d love to make a difference to someone’s life, just like you have with so many people! I hope one day to meet you in the future. Reading your books has got me through so much trauma. I was police escorted back home from being groomed, and then almost put in care but I had a stable family, unlike some children. There’s a lot more that happened to me and I’ll be writing my own book! I’m so grateful for the courage and determination you have! I cannot wait to read the new book you release in April. Kind Regards,
Demi-leigh, 16, UK, 18/02/2013
Hi Cathy. Hope this email finds you and your family well. I reside in New York, Long Island area and have started to read your books. A Baby’s Cry and The Night the Angels Came, which are well written and very emotional at times. I am a social worker and often feel the same way as you do about the foster care system. But it’s the only one in place right now, so we must adhere to it. (Even though we know our suggestions should be taken more seriously to help with change). I felt the need to write you and tell you that we can only wish for a trillion more of you as foster care workers. I’ve often been in the middle of a situation where I’ve said to myself, “Where does the social service dept get these workers from?” Most of them are only in it for the paycheck. My applause to you Cathy !!! Your altruism is a gift!!!Thanks for sharing your stories. Take good care,
Adriene, USA, 17/02/2013
Dear Cathy Glass, I love your book, Another Forgotten Child. Aimee really does sound a lot like Jodie. I was brought into care at the age of 4, and would love to foster when I’m older.
Chantelle S, 16, UK, 17/02/2013
Hi Cathy, Have just finished reading Damaged and it was an amazing read. A real eye opener of the impact left upon the victim. I was surprised and obviously saddened to read about how Jodie become trance like at times after revealing and having spoken about things. Having reached a safety net she remembered more about her past which she had previously blocked out. Shame on social services for leaving her at risk for 8 years, even if and as it says in your Epilogue that female workers are threatened surely that’s an obstruction and in fact perverting the course of justice. Why are there not effective systems in place to combat that and how did some people get some jobs and furthermore keep them! Thoughts of Jodie, hope she finds all the happiness the world can provide. Thank you for publishing Damaged.
Dear Cathy, having lived in a house of fear when I was young it has taken many years to pluck up the courage to read about others in the same position and therefore face up to my childhood. Thank you for sharing your kindness and wisdom and enabling people like myself to find the courage and strength to comes to terms with our childhoods. Kind regards
Julie, New Zealand, 13/02/2013
Cathy, I have read all of your books and feel as though I know you personally. I don’t know how you do what you do. You are one very special person and have touched so many hearts, and made so many young lives better xx
Well I finished reading your book Damaged and I loved it. I thought it was a very good book and I felt very bad for Jodie that she had to go through all of that horrible stuff. I’m thinking about her a lot and I hope everything is going ok with her. If you see her tell her that I said hi
Hi Cathy, You probably get so many emails praising you. I’m 24 years old and have read your books since I was 18 and found everyone amazingly inspirational. The world needs more ladies like you. You’ve made me think about possible fostering of children in need. You take care. Best wishes
Hi Cathy, I have read all your books and just pre-ordered your next release. I was introduced to what you have written by my daughter who was a former nursery nurse and now is an assessor in child care. The work you do is amazing. Well done you and of course your family for the way they support you. Love
Dear Cathy, I am 21 years old student of special education field. I am from Slovakia, and few days ago I finished reading your book Damaged. I read this book in two days, so interesting for me was the Jodie’s story. I couldn’t hold my fears for Jodie and feelings of admiration to you. I would like to tell you your book is the most inspirational book I’ve ever read, you supported me for me future in many ways. It’s difficult to find words to express you how much it’s mean for me. I know this is the email, the same as others, but I would like to say thank you very much. You are my model and I hope one day I became so strong in my field as you are. I found your website and now I see you are the author of other. I will definitely buy them. I wish you everything good in your private and working life and future. I wish in this world, there are more people like you, with so big and open heart for others. With best regards
Lucia, Slovakia, 10/02/2013
You have inspired me so much at 55 to take a worthwhile and new direction in my life, and I have just taken the first steps towards becoming a foster carer. Wish me luck! Many thanks and kind regards
Janice, UK 08/02/2013
Hi Cathy I love reading your books. I’m 16 and I have autism. I don’t like reading book but I love your books. I think your a real inspiration. You’re an amazing writer and person. Your foster kids are lucky to have you. Can you tell me when your next books are coming out. My mum loves your book too x .
Tammy, UK, 08/02/2013
CG: Thanks Tammy. My next book is called Please Don’t Take My Baby and is out in April
I’m 25 years old and I work with little kids that are handicapped. I play the piano and I’m making bracelets for fundraising. I have a medical problem. I’m reading your book called Damaged and I really like it. I’m hoping to read more of your books really soon
Christine H, USA, 08/02/2013
Hi Cathy, I am a Native American (Mescalero Apache) and we don’t have the big libraries where there are tons of books. I love to read so I order on-line. I came across your book “Damaged” on Amazon.com. I have to say I loved it. I could not put it down and now I am searching for more of your books. I am hooked. You are a strong and thoughtful woman that I truly admire for your courage to take a challenge, and the patience to love a troubled child. I have two kids a boy (1yr) and a girl (2 yrs.). Reading your books has helped me to understand their feelings and also deal with them the right way. I am only 28 and still have a lot to learn about being a mother I think you are doing a great job. I look forward to more great books. Sincerely,
Trina, New Mexico, 08/02/2013
Hi Cathy, would I be able to be added to the list of people who receive an email when you release a new book? I really enjoy your books and when I heard that new ones were being written/released I got so excited! You are such an inspiration. Because of you I have decided that when I am older (I am currently 16) that I would love to become a foster carer. I have so much respect for you and what you do. Keep up the good work because you are truly amazing.
I have finished reading Another Forgotten Child. I’m glad Aimee has a new family. Keep up the good work.
Dear Cathy, Firstly I would like to say that the work you do is inspiring! I feel from ever book I read as if I’m in that situation, I get “lost in the book” as they say. I read Damaged first when I was just 15. It had a big effect on me. I found it very upsetting how people could treat a child so badly, and although I knew things like that were out there it was still a mystery to me. Since then I have read and re-read almost all of your fostering stories aside from “The Night the Angels Came” which came today in the post, “I very much look forward to reading these books, they are so inspiring. Since I was 15 I always knew I wanted to work with children and foster and this is all down to you. You have inspired me to want to help and be there for the children who need it most. I wanted to thank you so much, you’ve given me the inspiration. You’re a role model. People say they want to meet a famous footballer or actress or singer, I would choose you as the person I would like to meet! Many thanks and best wishes in all you do
Emily M, UK, 06/02/2013
Hi, I don’t really know what to say, except that you’re such an inspiration to me. I had my son when I was 15, my life was ruined (so I was told) but with support from my mum + dad + my sons father + his family I succeeded in raising a very loving and intelligent young boy, who turned 9 last week. I went to college + never really knew what I wanted to do, until I came across the legend that is…Cathy Glass. I got so engrossed in your books that on some days I’d start a new book at 9am + be finished it for picking my son up from school at 3pm (with no housework done lol). I got so interested in the work you do and enrolled myself on a social care training course. I found myself knowing what they meant when using ‘terms’ used by social workers, because of your books. I’m now a qualified child and youth care worker. I cannot wait until your new book is released. I’ve already bought, read + read again ‘Another Forgotten Child’. The story of Aimee melted my heart, as did the ones of Harrison, Jodie, Alice, Tayo and in particular Michael + his father Patrick as my Dad passed away in a hospice. I related to every bit of the story so much that I was in tears from start to finish. Thank you so much for sharing your stories + your life, I cannot wait to read some more. Your No1 fan (lol)
Hi I am in a college reading class in North Carolina. My teacher told us to choose a book and do a book report, I chose Cathy Glass. I read her book Damaged and was so touched by the story that I couldn’t refuse to read another of her books. I would really appreciate a response with some information on Cathy Glass. Thank you so much.
Stephani, North Carolina, USA, 03/02/2013
Hi Cathy, Just want to say you books are amazing and I can’t stop reading them. Thanks for you Time
Hi Cathy, for the last 3 years me and my husband have been trying to foster but have hit barriers as my husband has a criminal history. Hoping to get past it. My passion is children and all I think about is helping children. Me n my hubby have so much love to give. We can’t have children of our own. I believe that god put us in that situation because it’s his plan for us to foster. I’ve been looking for a novel on foster care for 3 years and was walking around our warehouse and saw Damaged. I was so exited. I’m hoping I can find the rest of ur books. Thank you for writing theses stories
Alisa, Australia, 02/02/2013
Hi Cathy, I have read most of your books and can’t wait to read the rest. Every book is an inspiration to the incredible work you do as a foster parent. Keep up your inspiring work. X
Kellie, UK, 02/02/2013
Hi Cathy I just thought I would write u a little message. I never liked reading until I got one of your books, the first was Another Forgotten Child. I read it within a day I really enjoyed reading them and I have got some more of your books. You are a really good writer. I am in the middle of reading The Saddest Girl in the World. After reading your books I am thinking about going into fostering as I work with children now in a nursery and I enjoy my work. All the best.
Steph, UK, 02/02/2013
Dear Ms. Glass, I wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your books. I have read every single one of them and each one pulls at my heart strings. The way you handle each situation, the kindness you deliver to each and every child. I am not a mother and I was never abused as a child (although I came from a broken family where my father was an alcoholic), so I cannot relate to the children too much. However, I have learnt so much from your books that I am sure I would be an excellent mother!… 🙂 🙂 Anyway – I wish you, Paula, Adrian and Lucy the very best in the future. You are all wonderful for everything you do. Best Regards
Cathy, I have read all of your books, and loved each one. I check for updates on the children on your website very often. I often think about Jodie, and wonder how she is doing. I think you are an amazing person, and I am truly thankful that people like you are out there. You may find this slightly strange, but you have helped me through a stressful and heartbreaking time in my life. I began reading your books after my 17 year old son was killed in an accident by a distracted driver. For several months, all I could do was wake up and lay in my bed until it was time to go back to sleep. Your books kept me company while I couldn’t face the world, but I was able to read about a good and kind person making a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children. I return to your books when I have a bad day, and need ‘old friends’ around me. Happy Adults was very insightful.Thank you for all that you do.
Janie, Missouri, USA, 29/01/2013
Hi Cathy. I love your books. They really help me out as I am a foster carer also. I am on my second placement. They are a brother and sister. The boy is severely autistic and non verbal. But now he is saying some words. I don’t have much time to read.
Helen, UK, 29/01/2013
I hope this email finds you well. I am a 16 year old high school girl student in Malaysia, and I just wanted to say what a big fan I am of your work. I’m looking forward to reading your newest book when it comes out in Malaysia. Your novel, Another Forgotten Child, got me through one of the toughest break-ups I’ve ever had, and I want to thank you for sharing that story with us. In some ways, I feel that my life can be summed up by the violence to. It is such an important part of life that I feel that it is in the very air we breathe. Sometimes, writers create avenues for us to explore our feelings and to voice our internal pains. Thank you for capturing what I already knew, in such an eloquent manner. One day I want to study abroad, I love English literature so much. I like writing and like your writing. I hope you enjoyed receiving this mail as much as I’ve enjoyed reading your work. Take Care! Best regards,
Aishah S, Malaysia, 29/01/2013