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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Hi, I just wanted to tell you how much I am enjoying your books. I have all of them to date and currently half way through Mummy Told Me Not to Tell. Your books have me hooked and I have to restrict myself to a chapter a night to make sure I don’t finish them too quickly! We always wanted to foster/adopt, but sadly never did, for various reasons but mainly down to not having a spare room, both currently taken by my 2 teenage daughters! I am really looking forward to reading Run, Mummy Run! Please keep writing!
Mrs S. Baker, UK, 11/12/2010
Hi, I have just read your blog about that boy you are looking after. I think u r a brilliant foster carer and I think in the future I might adopt a child or foster. Can u give me tips on how to look after kids please.
CG: Hi. How nice that you are thinking of fostering or adopting. You definitely need my book Happy Kids which has lots of tips, useful advice and practical examples on how to successfully raise children. Very best wishes Cathy.
Cathy, I am from Toronto and just finished your book Damaged 10 minutes ago. I love to read although I have never felt the need to write to the author before. Your story was incredibly touching and had me in tears every time I picked up the book. The chapter where you were describing your goodbye with Jodie had me getting up to calm myself down before continuing. I am sure you have many emails thanking you for sharing your stories and for all the work you do for these children. I want to be one of those people to offer those same thanks. I can assure you that I am off to go get another of your books until I have read them all. Keep up your wonderful work and thank you again for sharing! Take Care!!
Heather, 21, Canada, 10/12/2010
Hi Cathy, I just wanted to write to you to tell you that I think you have changed my life! I’m an accountant. I have read all your books and although I have always wanted a baby of my own, I’d often thought about fostering too. I’m gay. It makes everything a bit more difficult! So, the way it’s happened is I was working on a client’s papers and they made a payment to a company I hadn’t heard of. So I could post it to the correct nominal I googled the company name. It was a fostering company. I started reading all about it. The process, the training and then I went on your website. After reading your books and taking everything in, I know that I could change kid’s lives by helping them like you do. I have a fire in my belly to start the process. I think you are an amazing person. Not only do you change children’s lives, you have changed adult’s lives like me. I’m just about to watch the Panorama special you posted on your website. I know I can make a difference. I just wanted to say thank you
Sarah, UK, 09/12/2010
Hello Cathy, myself and my sister are big fans of you. We are always brought to tears when reading your books and stories of those beautiful and admirable children. We love them so much that we are excited when we see that you are releasing a new book. You are a fantastic author and inspiration to all, my hat comes off to you and I bow in all your glory. Please, please, please keep writing your stories are a one of a kind. Your Loving and faithful readers,
Peace and Faith, 09/12/2010
Hello Cathy, I was not really that into reading books until I read Damaged. I couldn’t put the book down, and now I have read all of your book : Hidden, Cut, The Saddest Girl in The World, Happy Kids, The Girl in The Mirror, I Miss Mummy, and I have just finished Mummy Told Me Not To Tell. I really can’t wait for your next book to come out. I think you are an amazing woman and writer, and have an amazing family. All these kids were luckily to have you as a foster carer. You may hear this all the time but I am your number one fan. All the Very Best in the Future. Hope You And Your Family Have A Good Christmas.
Daisy C, UK, 07/12/2010
Dear Cathy! Greetings from Poland. The thought of writing to you came to me after reading my first book “The Saddest Girl in the World” over a year ago, but I resisted the urge. No longer! I know you must have heard it many times but you are a phenomenal woman and I thank God for you. I praise Him that He’s placed such love in your heart for others and has equipped you with so much and, above all, that He’s placed it in your heart to share your life experiences with people like me. Cathy, I’m a 35 year old mother of 3 boys and I’m happily married. My husband and I have been yearning to adopt (or perhaps foster) even before we got married. Actually, I knew it was something I wanted to do and he was easily won over because he is also empathetic to the needs of others and isn’t selfish.
Dawn, Poland, 06/12/2010
Hi, I have just started to read your books and I am hooked. The Saddest Girl in The World; Cut, and Mummy Told Me Not To Tell have been excellent reads. I am currently going through the 1st stages of fostering and started to read your books not knowing what they were about. I have learned a lot from your books so far. The way you treat the children with their difficulties is amazing. You are truly a wonderful person and the children are lucky to have had you as their foster mother. I look forward to reading more of your books you have a wonderful way of capturing the reader. Have a wonderful Christmas
Hi Cathy, I have just finished reading ‘Damaged’. I was so shocked by what Jodie had gone through and how you and your family coped with such a pained little girl. Your book affected me in so many ways and I want to thank you for having the courage to put into words what you and your family went through to help Jodie. Kindest regards
Sally C-B, France, 06/12/2010
HI I love ur books I have read Hidden, Cut and Damaged. When do u books get released to Australia as I’m wanting to buy the next one. Do u have these books on DVD as movies as I would love to watch them. Thanks again for such great books
Terry, Australia, 05/12/2010
CG: Hi. All my books are available in Australia, apart from Mummy Told Me Not To Tell which is on its way. My books are also available on line. I’m afraid none of my books have been made into films yet, although my agent is talking to various interested parties. Fingers crossed. Cathy
Hi Cathy, I know you must be very busy but I wanted to say how much I enjoyed reading your book `Mummy Told Me Not To Tell`. My friend who I work with part-time has just started fostering a 4 year old boy and wants to read it! She finds fostering challenging and I love to hear from her how the boy is progressing. I have 2 children of my own and being a parent can be the toughest job in the world but very rewarding. It makes me very sad and angry that there are people in this world that can harm and inflict on such helpless victims. I know that sometimes it is not necessarily their fault like in your story `Mummy Told Me Not To Tell` Tracey herself had been abused. The cycle needs addressing; in the meantime there are people like you and my friend who make that difference to a child’s life. I can’t wait to read your next book! Many Thanks
Sarah M, UK, 03/12/2010
Dear Cathy, I have recently read a couple of your books (Mummy Told Me Not To Tell and Hidden). Having previously been a child in the care system myself and now looking into fostering myself I would like to say how much of an inspiration these books have been. I understand that not all cases are as rewarding with such positive results as Tayo’s was for you, but this has only made me more certain that if I can help one child have a better future then it is all worth it. I would like to thank you for this reassurance. Many thanks again
Hi Cathy, I have read every book of yours from Damaged to Mummy Told Me Not To Tell. I would like to congratulate you on your success. I would like to know if you have any other books coming out after My Dad’s a Policeman? I do really enjoy your books and I can’t go past Tesco, Asda, Easons or another book shop without have a quick nosey to see if you have any other books out.
Tracy M, UK, 27/11/2010
CG: Hi Tracy, My Dad’s A Policeman is out February 2011; then Run Mummy, Run!, is out in April. There will be another fostering memoir later in 2011. Very Best wishes, Cathy x
Hello Cathy, I have just finish reading Hidden and I loved it, I have dyslexia and it takes me a long time to read and take everything in. Your books are the only ones I have really found interesting and I couldn’t put it down. All foster children need a friend or a foster mother like you. I really take my hat off to you because I don’t think I would be able to do what you do.
Sky V, 20, 26/11/2010
Dear Cathy, I am writing to you to thank you for getting me reading again!!! I have been studying for the past 3 years so have not had a chance to get into a good book then a friend of mine lent me “I Miss Mummy”. Well that was the start of it, I’m hooked. I have bought all of your books and am making my way through. I have never been so “into” a book like this ever. I work with children in a pre-school and love my job. I have two children myself and can really appreciate where you’re coming from; your strength how ever is amazing. I really take my hat off to all foster carers and the SS for the hard work that you all do. Can’t wait for the next read. Kind regards
Sam C, UK, 25/11/2010
Hi Cathy I have read Hidden, I Miss Mummy, and Damaged. I would like to say thank you to you for bringing D.I.D to the attention of more people. I was diagnosed with it in 1990 and it took 10 years to find an appropriate therapist but when I did my life changed for the better. I believe it will take a lot of people like Jodie and me coming forward that will hopefully make trying to find an appropriate therapist a lot easier. Thanks again.
Mandy, UK, 25/11/2010
Dear Cathy, I am so much impressed and touched by the real life stories that you have been writing about children and young people in care. I have read three of your books so far (Damaged, Cut and Hidden) and they all are moving. I just could not believe how the painful situations are true for children in today’s world. I am a qualified social worker and I work with foster carers. I must say that by reading your books I have changed my approach in terms of working with foster carers. I understand and care for them much more. One more thing to add, ever since I read your books any training courses I conduct for foster carers I always ask them to read your books especially those who are newly interested in fostering. Well done! Continue writing and inspiring many more lives. God bless you.
Gladson, London, UK, 25/11/2010
Hello Cathy, I have Cut and am reading Mummy Told Me Not To Tell. I absolutely cannot put this book down. I love it and even though it is a sad book I feel for Reece and hope that he is finally moving on with his life. I recently read on your blog that his mother had had another child which I think is an absolute disgrace!!! I am not yet at the end of the book so I don’t really know what is happening at the minuet but I cannot wait to finish it. I think you are an amazing author and I cannot wait to read your next book. Your words make me feel like I can understand them, all too often I read books in which they use terminology which I cannot relate with. I hope in time all these children have a chance to have a happy life and finally move on with there lives and forget there past. I know it must be difficult for them to do so but from what I have read I can see that you are making big changes to their lives for them and this is a inspiration. I really do hope Reece keeps in contact with his half siblings and continues his progress. As I was reading I felt like I wanted to give him a big hug and tell him everything will be ok. I hope you decide to write more books in the future because I will be a definite buyer. Thank you for writing with true feelings and making me feel comfortable with your books 🙂 regards,
Debbie G, 16, Middlesbrough, England, 25/11/2010
Hi there Cathy, I’ve recently read ‘Damaged’ and ‘Cut’, I have to say I really enjoyed them to the point that I could not put them down. It took me just under a week to read both books.:) I am looking forward to reading your other books as I did not realise you had so many out. Although this could take some time as I have to get them from the library, hopefully they will all be there! I can not wait to read them all and for your new books to come out. I am glad both Jodie and Dawn are doing better now, they both deserve a better life. No child should have to go through what those girls went through. Well I hope you are well, look forward to hearing from you soon. I will email you again when I have read some more of your books. Email soon
Claire J, Coventry, UK, 24/11/2010
Hi Cathy: I just read Damaged which my husband bought for my birthday. I was really impressed with the way the book was written and the story behind it. I admire your patience and kindness for all the children you have helped. I still have problems accepting that Jodie’s mother and the women that abused her are free. Cathy, I read that Jodie is very overweight over time in High Oaks. Over here in the United States they have laws – if your kid is overweight and his health does not improve your child can be taken away. I feel that all the progress you made with Jodie in this matter, High Oaks took that away. I do feel she is safe now but I feel that her health could be in great danger. From the little island of the Caribbean who admire your work!
Ivette, Puerto Rico, USA, 24/11/2010
Hello Cathy, I have just finished reading your book, I Miss Mummy. This is the third one of yours I have read and I have to say this one really touched me. I am very funny when it comes to books and it has to attract my attention within the first few pages and this one really did. I have an author who is a friend of mine and she has written two books about her life and after reading them I didn’t think I would feel the same about any other book but yours really touched me. I envy your job as I just couldn’t have the emotional heartache or patience in some cases. I do hope Alice is doing well. Kind Regards
Vickki, UK, 24/11/2010
Hey Cathy I’m a high school student and my school just got new books. I saw “Damaged” and just by looking at the cover, I knew it was going to be a great book. I couldn’t put it down. It was heart wrenching. I can’t put it into words, I cried a lot. I was up till 5 am this morning reading it. I was really tired but I don’t care I had to find out what happen to Jodie. I’m so happy that there are people like you who care so much about children and go out of your way to help them. You are such an inspiration. I’m so excited to read your other books now it’s just a matter of finding them 🙂 Thank you so much for writing amazing books.
Shelbi, Canada, 22/11/2010
Hi Cathy, I know you have lots of people write to u all the time. I have read Cut and I Miss Mummy and will read more. They really touched me as I was fostered at 5 with two different parents who I love dearly. At the end of your book you said it was hard for say goodbye and it really touched me. I am 24 now and when u said it was hard to let Alice go I thought back to when I had to go back to my mum’s and how it must have felt for my foster family. I was with my second foster family from 8 to 12. I think foster mums and dad get forgotten as children do move on but I am still in touch with mine. They are my family as I do not get on with my mother or dad. I really do care more for my foster mums and dads, with out them I would not be here. I would like to write my life story but I would change all names so as not to upset my mum and dad. I feel I need to tell my story. People like u writing help people like me to understand. I have a son of my own who I love dearly. I just wanted to thank you for helping people like me.
Jean F, UK, 22/11/2010
Hi Cathy, I have your books, mostly of them. They are very touching. I can’t put it down when I starts reading. I hope that you will continue fostering and help needed children. Best regards
Nur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 20/11/2010
Hi Cathy, Hope this finds you well. Many thanks for your new book ‘Mummy Told Me Not to Tell’. I was really pleased to see it in Tesco yesterday, as usual I couldn’t put it down, finished it late into the night. Continue to find your books inspiring, reassuring, hopeful, look forward to the next! I emailed you in February. I was expecting my first baby and had separated from my husband. My daughter was born in March, and is now 8 months old. She’s a bright, happy and sociable baby. I worry that as she only now has me, she will be disadvantaged and grow up troubled. But I look at how you have manage as a single mum and I know it’s possible not just to survive but to raise my daughter to be a happy and secure person. Thank you for what you do, not just for the children you foster but for those of us who learn by your example. Best wishes
Cathy, I have read your books. Thank you for sharing the stories of the children in your care. I know you had no idea what you were getting into when you decided to be a foster carer, however, it was truly your calling to help those children. You made an impact in their life and I’m so proud of you! Thank you again.
Tasha F, USA, 18/11/2010
Dearest Cathy, I just finished reading Mummy Told Me Not To Tell. Once again I wish to congratulate you on the way you write and also the way you bring out the best in the children that you foster. Life is so unfair sometimes. Whilst some people have children and they abuse and neglect them others like me can’t have them. I really wish to have a child of my own, whom I can love and cherish (together with my husband) and we have been trying to get pregnant for a year and a half and till now we had no luck. I’ve read all your books and am looking forward to reading your next one!!! Good luck in your work and may God be with you and your beautiful family. Regards,
Christine, Malta, 18/11/2010
Cathy, you are the most amazing woman ever! You are so humble and are so slow to take any credit for changing the lives of the children you look after. I really love your books, not only because they are heart-wrenching and honest, but also because it’s just so heartening to read about you and your wonderful children and how you so easily love and accept these hurting children. Your family is amazing. Please keep writing – I can’t put your books down! Kind regards
Alison D, UK, 17/11/2010
Dear Cathy, I love your books. So far I have read ‘I Miss Mummy’, ‘Cut’ and ‘Hidden’. I love them I have been unable to put them down. From the first time you pick up the book you feel part of your family and get really involved. I have recommended your books to friends. I can’t wait to read more.
Nikki C, 16/11/2010
I wanted to say thank you for writing your books. It usually takes me a while to choose a book and if I don’t like the way it is written, then I won’t read it. Living in Holland it’s a bit of a pain to get English books, but thank goodness for my kindle! I read 3 of your books in 4 days! It has given me a new light on how I should have behaved in my own childhood, but also I feel that you are sort of guiding me to encourage me to talk to my 2 sons and look at their behaviour differently. Please take care and love to you and yours (If you ever come to Holland for a holiday, feel free to drop by for a tea!)
Tina, Holland, 15/11/2010
Hi Cathy, I read your book Damaged. It was horrific what happened to Jodie. My heart goes out to her. I hope she can have some kind of life and happiness in the future. I have 2 children myself and I couldn’t bare to think of anything so horrific happening to a child like what Jodie had to go through. If it wasn’t 4 you who knows where she would be today. The world needs more people like you. I admire you and your children so much your children are a credit to you.
Hi Cathy, I have read almost every one of your books. I am currently reading I Miss Mummy, which has already reduced me to tears and I’m only on Chapter 6 or 7. I just wanted to let you know that I think you are an amazing woman. Cut was the first book I read, and you so quickly became my idol. The way you handled Dawn was amazing, and I really think I’d like to foster children when I am older. I know it isn’t an easy job, nor is it a decision that should be made lightly. Your books have shown me that it is not the easiest job in the world, but they have also shown me that it can be very rewarding, especially when you know you’ve helped a child and that it has all been worth it. Anyway, I just wanted to say, thank you for writing your books.
Sarah, 17, 13/11/2010
Hi Cathy I would just like to comment on your books. They are amazing, such a good read even though there are some awful things that happen to the children. My granddaughter who is almost 13 will only read my books especially yours as it makes her realise how lucky she is. She won’t read girly books, she says to her mum – I like Grandma’s books as they are more true to life. Thank you for sharing your stories with all of us fans throughout the world. I am an ex-pat Brit living in Brisbane Australia. Luckily we don’t have any trouble finding your books over here. Keep up the good work and thank you again for the fantastic books you write. Kind regards
Joan M, Brisbane, Australia, 13/11/2010
Hi Cathy, I’ve just read your latest book Mummy Told Me Not To Tell and as always I really enjoyed it (although I did suspect the parentage of the children). Thanks for another very enjoyable read as always.
Dear Cathy, I have just finished reading ‘Mummy Told Me Not To Tell’ which I could not put down for the past 3 days. I cried at the end and now cannot get Reece or his siblings out my head. I am so pleased he is now having the good life he deserves. If it wasn’t for people like yourself who knows where he would end up in life. I am a homecare/support worker for the elderly and have often thought about changing to younger people, but have always been apprehensive as I would get to emotionally involved. Now, after reading your book I am seriously thinking of changing again. Keep up the good work Cathy you are an inspiration and I am looking forward to reading the rest of your books with a box of tissues. Regards
Leanne, UK, 12/11/2010
I too am a foster carer. I have fostered for 16 yrs. I would encourage anyone who is thinking about fostering to pick up the phone and ring their local authority. There are heartaches and challenges but also many rewards in offering children the warmth and safety of your own home. Knowing that you have been able to help a child in whatever circumstances they have found themselves is truly reflected in the books you write. Your books have been used on many occasions for new carers in the skills to foster training and gives them a realistic view of fostering. I hope there are many more books to come
Pam F, UK, 12/11/2010
Hi, after reading most of your books I just wanted to send a quick message to say you and your children truly are an inspiration. I admire you so much for all the hard work, help and hope you have given many many children. We are so lucky that there are people out there like you and your family, strong and brave enough to give children the strength and support they need. On behalf of many people I would like to thank you for the hard work, time and love you have given to all the children that have needed it. You and your family really are amazing people. I wish you all the best… take care
Rachel B, 12/11/2010
Cathy, I have read all your books, just finished reading your book ‘Mummy told Me Not to Tell’ and couldn’t stop crying at the end. My mum is a social worker and I know from what she does and by reading your books that it must be so hard, but it’s the best job in the world – to help children who have been abused and neglected. I just wanted to tell you what an amazing person/mother you are. Hopefully from people reading your books more people will become foster carers.
Jessica, 20, UK, 10/11/2010
Hi Cathy, I bought your new book “Mummy Told Me Not To Tell” and read it within about 3 days (!) – another gripping story. I think the thing about your books is they’re so well written, I can’t ever predict how they’re going to end. Where the child will end up? It’s awful how Reece is a result of incestuous sexual abuse and not a planned, wanted little boy. I heard of someone – a boy aged 15 who had been physically and sexually abused all his life by 18 members of his family and his parents were the leaders of a paedophile ring. Not surprisingly this kid had extremely disturbing and threatening behaviour. I also read ‘The Girl In The Mirror’ a few weeks ago and I think that will ring home with a lot of people who have had to watch someone they love die. I found it moved me more than any book I’ve ever read actually. Love your books, keep writing them!
Amanda, UK, 10/11/2010
Dear Ms Glass, I have now read all your books and have enjoyed each one a lot! I am 21 years old and have a 2 and a half year old daughter and another little girl due in just 3 weeks time! I read your books and realise how lucky my children are. They come from the most loving family and are very well looked after. I think this is partly due to my mother working within the children centre network. She has a real understanding which has been passed onto me. I know I am only very young but my child and the one on the way will be brought up in the best way possible. One day I really hope I can welcome a ‘looked after child’ into our family. You are a real inspiration Cathy and I thank you very much as you have opened my eyes and made me realise what I want to do with my life, and that is to give other children a life they deserve.
Amy, 21, 09/11/2010
Hi Cathy, I’ve just finished “Mummy told me not to tell” and as always I was absolutely hooked and couldn’t put it down. You never cease to amaze me with the skills and patience your have when dealing with your foster children, and as always your love for all your children shines throughout the book. I am really looking forward to your next book and hope I don’t have to wait too long for this to be published. Keep doing what you’re doing for as long as possible; its nice to know that there are people like you in the world that are here to help children
Michelle F, Leeds, UK, 08/11/2010
Hi! I live in Canada and got a hold of Damaged. I was surprised that the book was from the U.K. I started it on Nov 6th read all day yesterday and I’m on chapter 25. I just can not put the book down. Hopefully I’ll finish it this week. Poor Jodie and I thought I had a bad childhood. I have a friend with D.I.D and I know quite a bit about mental health in general. I plan on becoming a Psychologist when I’m done school. I love Torey Hayden and your books are similar. I commend you for your work. I wish I could meet you in person, but that’s just wishful thinking on my part. I love the book so much that I’m going to get the others. Thank you for your time in reading this. I hope you get back to me. HUGS and LOVE
Kryssy, Canada, 08/11/2010
Hi Cathy, I just wanted to email to say I think your books are very insightful and a really good read. Emotive and often heartbreaking. I work in a residential children’s home so can relate to many of the incidents you describe, although sadly, by the time the children come to us the damage is so great, and the anger so intense, we literally are just keeping them safe until they move on to the adult world. Thanks for sharing with us, I hope your books improve many children’s experiences and send out the message that our children are precious and how important it is to do the right thing by them.
Dear Cathy, As a foster carer for the past 13 years I read the first of what is going to be many of your books. I must say I could relate to a lot of things you were writing about. With the recent funding I hope child protection and safeguarding isn’t one of those areas to face even more cuts.
Delyth A, UK, 06/11/2010
Dear Cathy, I read your book “Damaged”. First I would like to thank you for your wonderful service to this world. I’m so sad about Jodie. I think you have a big patience. I don’t think everyone can be patience like that. You are a very kindly woman like Mother Theresa. You were the savior to lots of children so, I’m proud about you. I hate people like Jodie’s father. I wish you all the best for your future and I wish to read you’re another books. God bless you!
Surani F, Sri Lanka, 06/11/2010
Cathy, must I say I am very impressed with your books. I have read Cut, Damaged and Hidden, and will be purchasing more of your books. Because of you Cathy I have finally decided what I want to do with my life. I am 35 years old and with your inspiration I am studying community services so I be able to help children. I am a single mother and I would love to foster as well. Keep up the great work Cathy.
A Reader, Australia, 05/11/2010
Hello, I understand you have many emails to read, but would just love to say how much of an inspiration you are to me. I am 17 and in my first year at college in the North West. I began reading your books last year and have always personally considered foster caring. I would like to say how amazing I find your books – and you have been a true inspiration to me – as I am going on to do a Social Work degree in 2012 (hopefully!) It is something I have always wanted to do – and find real comfort reading about your experiences. I have experienced a few family problems in my past – but who hasn’t?! And often find myself realising how lucky I really am – compared to some of the horrific things the children in your books have suffered. I could never choose a favourite of your books as they are all so captivating. I would like to finish by saying a big thank for the amazing books you have written and the inspiration you have given me in pursuing my dreams and helping others. You are a true gift to all these children you have looked after – and definitely to your own. They are all lucky to have had you in their lives – and we are to have people like you around. Hope you are well
Jess, 17, UK, 04/11/2010
Hi Cathy, Just wanted to say I think you’re an amazing writer. I have enjoyed reading all ur books so far. You are an inspiration to millions of people around the world. I myself was in foster care from the age of 4 till 18 years old. I too was a lucky one having amazing foster parents like you. I did relate to your books from my personal experiences and didn’t realise how many children suffer abuse from the hands of their parents or should I say (so called parents)..!! Hope you and your children are all well. Take care Cathy and keep up the wonderful writing.
Emma, 27, Warwickshire, UK, 04/11/2010
Dear Cathy, I am reading your books I Miss Mummy and Mummy Told Me Not To Tell. I found them very moving and to be honest I can’t even begin to imagine how little Alice and Reece felt through this. Both Alice and Reece are very intelligent and seemed to realize everything that was going on. I personally think that this kind of books make for good reading as they open people’s eyes to what does happen in the world and you can’t avoid it. I couldn’t believe it when I read that Chris was very abusive towards Leah and had deceived the social services and people like you. I also couldn’t believe that Reece’s parents let a known pedophile into their house with two littlens. I also glad that things are now sorted and that both children now live happily with people they adore. Please continue writing with these types of stories. I know that may sound horrible but it can help people to notice the signs of abuse in children especially if they would like to be a social worker, teacher or foster carer and need to notice the signs. Thank you for taking the time to read this. Yours sincerely
Ellen G, 16, 03/11/2010
Had to email. Can’t put your books down and now I have to wait until April 2011 for the next. You are a fantastic person and any child you have fostered is very lucky, as you have been able to offer them your kindness, care and lots and lots of patience, something of which most of the described in your books know nothing of. It is awful that this goes on but the world needs more people like you to make the world aware what goes on and encourage others to help. Keep up the good work!!!!!
Rachael, UK, 03/11/2010
Hi Cathy, I was just looking on your website and saw the bit to contact you so I thought what the hell I’d give it a go. I have all your books and I’m just finishing I Miss Mummy. They are all fantastic! God knows how you get the time to write and do all that you do. I take my hat off to you! U do a fantastic job. I don’t know how anyone can hurt children (I have 2 myself aged 2 and 8). I would love to do what you do. Maybe when my kids are older. It will be something to look into anyway. Hope to hear from you
Carrie R, Sheffield, UK, 02/11/2010
Hi Cathy, I’m a great fan of your books and I was using them as inspiration for my GCSE English coursework. I just ended up sitting and reading your books which I very much enjoyed. (It’s better than homework) I think you are an amazing person. I finished ‘Mummy Told Me Not To Tell’ a few weeks ago and I very much enjoyed it. I can never put any of your books down.
Sophie, UK, 02/11/2010
Hi Cathy, I have just started reading your books. They are interesting. I can relate to how those children are feeling in your books, because I was put in to foster care after being neglected. It’s nice to know what it feels like from the foster carer’s side. I think your books give people a true message of what hundreds of children are going through over the last few years and in the present too. It must be hard, but well done.
Melanie D, UK, 02/11/2010
Hi Cathy, I just finished reading Damaged last night and I cried like a baby. I have read many books in my 25 years, and yet I have never been so involved in any book like I was in this one. I don’t think a day will go by in my life where I won’t think of Jodie. I have and will continue to pray for her. And it makes me so angry that Jodie’s mom was acquitted. Jodie will suffer her whole life because of them, and so they should too. What an unfair world we live in. I could go on forever about my feelings, but I will spare you. I have just finished buying all your other books from amazon. It’s people like you who make this world a better place. Thank God for you. Keep doing what you do. I have been a nanny, babysitter, and worked in all sorts of childcare settings for the past 8 years of my life, and children truly are what I love and care about most in this world. It kills me to know that anyone could do anything harmful to a child. When I was young, I too, was sexually abused by a family friend. It only happened once and yet has scarred me and affected my entire life so far, so I can’t even begin to imagine how Jodie’s experiences will control the rest of her life. Thank-you for being such an inspiration to the world.
My Dear Cathy, I read your book “Damaged “. Actually I shocked. I never read a book like that book. I am proud of you and I appreciate your service, love, kind and all other things as a foster mother. Still I worry about Jodie. I am 32 years. I work in a children movement as a volunteer. (www.lakrivi.org). I love children very much as you. Give my wishes Adrian, Paula and Lucy. Nice to hear about you…. and your works. Please go on with love and prayers.
Tharangi, Sri Lanka, 01/11/2010
Hello Cathy, I am currently reading ‘ I Miss Mummy’ I am finding it very hard to put down. I have also read: Damaged, Hidden and Cut. I look forward to reading others and do hope you bring out more. I would also like to inform you that by reading your books has made me want to become a child welfare worker. Your books are amazing. I do hope you bring out more books.
Kim, Australia, 01/11/2010
Hi Cathy I just wanted to say how much I am enjoying your books ,so much so that I find them impossible to put down. I have read them all now each one taking only a day or so to read .Your books have really touched my heart. I hope that any children being fostered are fortunate enough to have someone as special as you to care for them. I cant wait to read your next book.
Hi Cathy, I have just finished reading a 3rd book of yours (Hidden, I Miss Mummy and Mummy Told Me Not to Tell), which have given me a real insight into the role of a foster carer. It’s interesting in this present climate – when there is a push for more foster parents – to get an insight into the highs and lows. What I have found really surprising is the lack of consideration for the foster parents input regarding the child’s wellbeing. So far in your books I have read you have only really been asked your opinion and had it valued once. This has not only surprised me but shocked me too. The foster carer has the closest contact with the child and the most trusting relationship so why aren’t the “professionals” using this? As a childcare tutor and someone who fully understands the aims of Every Child Matters, it saddens me to read of the lack of professional communication, diligence and interest in the child’s voice (no matter what age) that threads throughout your 3 books that I have read. I know, in all professions there is good and bad. Social workers in particular do not have an easy job as every move has to be justified, but I feel there needs to be a lot of changes if we are really going to put the child at the centre of everything we do! Thank you for sharing your family’s experiences, I’m sure they are all better adults for the experiences they have through your fostering Regards,
Jackie, UK, 31/10/2010
Hi Cathy, I just wanted to congratulate you on another brilliant book!!! I read ‘Mummy Told Me Not To Tell’ in a day (and I think my husband enjoyed the peace). I couldn’t believe the awful twist in the story and had to read it a few times to check I had read it right. This is such an awful thing to happen in today’s society. It definitely needs to be brought to people’s attention more. I have written before and I would like to thank you for your lovely reply. I will be posting comments on Amazon on your books next. I have kept up to date on the characters through your website. It is so nice to know how well they are doing given the awful things a lot of the children have been put through. I am still hoping to foster one day but I now have another baby on the way so my plans are having to be pushed back again. I look forward to your next brilliant book. Best wishes
Rachel, UK, 31/10/2010
Dear Cathy, I just wanted to email and thank you for bringing to attention the sad plight of so many damaged children and the suffering that is inflicted upon them – sexual, psychological, and mental, they are all scarred and all equally important. I too have suffered from an early age living within a chaotic dysfunctional household. The damage that was inflicted upon me and my siblings was unimaginable and has affected all of us. I have toyed with the idea for sometime now of writing a book about these experiences for two reasons, 1) as a cathartic experience 2) to help others and show that there is a life after horrendous misery. Regards,
Hi ‘Cathy’, another fabulous book! When I start reading your books I know I will not be able to put them down and ‘Mummy Told Me Not To Tell’ was no different, I read it straight through in the space of a few hours! A very sad story for ‘Reece’ and his family. I think, as a reader, you want to be angry at Tracey and blame her for the pain inflicted on the children but you realise she is a victim in an awful set of circumstances too. But can she really be let free from all responsibility either? Even with functioning at a lower level intellectually for her age, does she still not have the ability to make better choices were her children are concerned? I guess there is no black and white terms in such complex situations. It must have felt so frustrating to work with a head master who had such a stubborn, negative (and in many ways selfish) stand on how to treat Reece. He basically treated him as a hassle, not as a person. I am glad things worked out for Reece as far as we know. It was lovely to read how you all met up, after Reece had been in his new home for just over a year. It must be lovely to see a child you have helped thrive so much. I remember reading one of your other books and feeling quite sad that the new carers/parents hadn’t stayed in contact with you after the child was placed in their permanent home. I love the detail in your writing; you make each small event in the child’s day important, as it is for children who need stability. I very much admire you as a female role model, a mother, foster carer and author! You’re a true inspiration! Lots of luv
Dear Cathy, I don’t usually contact the authors of books however I felt compelled to write. I was in care and from the ages of 10 to 12 I had around 42 foster placements. I then went into a residential children’s home until the age of 16. I have read all of your books, and finished them in the same day. I knew very little happiness during my childhood and teens. I can relate to the lives of some of the children, before they were taken into care. I am 20 now and I am just starting to move forward and come to terms with what I can no longer change. Because of my behaviour, “out of control” I think was the term used by social services, my time in care although free from abuse, was not happy. I always felt my carers were scared of me, and therefore it hardly made me relax and open up to them. I just wanted to say that I am so pleased carers like you exist, because for sure you have helped those children massively. One day I would love to become a foster carer so that I can give children the childhood I would have wanted for myself.
Elizabeth, UK, 29/10/2010
Cathy, I just finished I Miss Mummy. I’m a police officer, and in any situation that involves kids, it’s a heartbreaking experience. Alice was so vulnerable and you were her knight in shining armour. You truly are an amazing woman. I used 2 boxes of Kleenexes while reading about Alice and following how you and your family dealt with her and what she was going through. It broke my heart. Thank you Cathy.
Dawn, Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, 29/10/2010
Dear Cathy, I was at my auntie’s house and I read Damaged in two days. I spent one night reading it till early in the morning, and then the rest of the next day. I am only 16 now, but I will definitely foster, every child needs to experience love and kindness. I know that going into care isn’t all that bad. I have had times in my life where I thought that going into care would be a good thing. Without going into detail I would say that the person I relate to most from your books is Donna from Saddest Girl in the World. I would understand her, and she would understand me. I wish that I had had a ‘Cathy’ in my life and a social worker to help out. Also the way you have described her mannerisms, they seem to be just like mine… I’m going to stop now…: I also read Hidden in a day. I wish the social services could help all of us out here, I think we all deserve good parents and lives. I have had a rough life, which I have turned around and am getting through! 🙂 But there are a lot of things like not having a birthday or Christmas celebration and things like that, that people like me who are kind of underground haven’t had. P.S. Lots of Love and Good wishes from
L’Oréal, 16, London, UK, 28/10/2010
Hi Cathy, just wanted to say thank you for yet another brilliant book “I Miss Mummy”. I read it in 2 days because like your other books (I’ve read everyone) I just couldn’t put it down. You sound like a lovely woman, the children have been so lucky to have been fostered by you. You are doing a fantastic job. I cant wait for your next book to come out. I know you lead a full and hectic life but if you have any spare time at all please could you reply just to say you’ve received my e-mail. Keep up the brilliant work you do, god bless to you and your family.
Cheryl, UK, 28/10/2010
Hi Cathy, Just read “I Miss Mummy”. I’m so glad that every thing turned out for Alice as her future looked very uncertain for a while. You do such a good job. Looking forward to reading “Mummy Told Me Not To Tell” as it hasn’t come out in Australia yet.
Jo, Australia, 27/10/2010
Dear Cathy, I am 42, married, three children, about to begin my call to foster. I have felt the call ever since I was little, that I would help children who were abused and neglected. My friends think I am crazy, my family questions me, but I KNOW in my heart that I am meant to do this!!! I am reading every book I can get about foster care, especially TRUE accounts of first hand experience like yours. I am going to get your other books as well….I should be ready for my first placement about January. From the moment I picked up your book, I could not put it down, and with each revelation about Jodie’s past trauma, I cried, and prayed, and thought,” Dear God, can I really do this??”, and I felt a calming presence saying, “yes you can, this is what you are meant to do!” I was so thrilled to find your website and get updates on Jodie!!!! I could NOT stop thinking about her, and I was so ecstatic that she is doing so well!! Praise God!! Thank you Cathy, for all that you do for children, for sharing your life, and for helping those of us just beginning on the journey! You are an inspiration to us all, that we CAN do this, and it does make a difference in the lives of children!! God Bless you and your family…and each and every heart that has entered into your life!
Janet A, Ohio, USA, 26/10/2010
Dear Ms Glass, I would like to say a HUGE well done for everything you and your family have been though by being a foster carer. It has inspired me to become a foster carer as well. I hope you have a lovely life.
Bethany D, UK, 26/10/2010
Hi Cathy, I’m reading your book “I Miss Mummy”, Cathy. It’s a very sad story, beautifully written, very detailed. It’s almost like I’m there watching what’s going on! I’m a book worm, when I get in to a book its hard to pull me out. I also study psychology. My own childhood was of abuse (sexual) and I feel the person best to help me over come my past is myself. I’ve become very confident and live life to the full. Because of my own situation I’ve read a lot of books on children getting abused and what they went through. For the first time I’ve picked up a different book “I Miss Mummy”. I want to thank you very much for this book, it has helped me a lot too. At the moment I’m helping my friend Ghazala she emailed you too, her story is very similar to Leah’s story. It’s very sad, she is going through a very hard time at the moment. I wanted to put my self forward to adopt her children, with the children being Muslim, but the solicitors have said it’s too late for me to be assessed. From your book and the psychology I’m studying I’m able to advise her and help her get through what she’s going through. Cathy in the long run, my aim is to be a child psychologist, I want to help children like Alice who witnessed domestic violence and who are also abused. Cathy, your heart is made of gold – to go through so much with so many different foster children. You’re a brilliant mum and excellent foster mum. You and your family will be in my prays, thank you, love
Gulzaar, UK, 26/10/2010
Dear Cathy, I read the Sinhala translation of your book called Damaged. The story is very sensitive. As a woman I am very proud of you. I hope to read your other books and wish you all the best.
Thushari, Sri Lanka, 26/10/2010
Hi, I read “I Miss Mummy” last week, what a book! I was overjoyed. It was lovely that the story had such a happy ending :). I started reading “Damaged” today, and I can’t imagine the horror you must have felt living through revelations like those. I’m halfway through the book, and a few times have felt like not reading any more as I’m finding it so hard. As a mother myself I cant imagine how anybody could inflict such suffering and pain onto their own child. It puzzles me, it really does! It’s amazing to know that there are people like you in the world. You’re such an inspiration to us all, and I don’t know how you do it. I know I wouldn’t be able to! Wishing you and your family all the luck and best wishes in the world
I would just like to say that you are an inspiration to a lot of people and I have read all your books. I am currently reading your novel (this surprised myself as I do not read novels) however you are such a good writer that I had to buy it. Please write some more books on the children that you have cared for. Look forward to the next publication
Dear Cathy, My name is Emily, I am a 21 year old nursery nurse. I really felt the need to email you and thank you for sharing your experiences with the world. It is so enlightening to know there are people like you in this world who really make a difference to children’s lives. As a nursery Nurse to 3-5 year olds, I know how rewarding it is to look after children and to feel that we are making a difference. I also know how challenging children can be. I can’t imagine how difficult it must be at times taking on these hurt, angry little people that have come from such awful backgrounds. From reading your books, I can see that you do such a fantastic job and I am so proud of you and your family for being so incredibly welcoming (I feel I know you all very well). Thank you and well done. I would love to receive a reply if you find a spare moment in your hectic world. Much love and respect.
Emily, 21, Basinstoke, UK, 24/10/2010
Dear Cathy, Wow. I don’t even know what to say other that you are an amazing person. Damaged was very shocking. It left me speechless and teary-eyed. I just finished it. You are a very patient and kind person to have put up with that kid. It would be great if you reply. If not, I will keep trying to contact you. This book changed me and the way I view others. I want to help children who have had problems like Jodie. I am only 16, but I will try the best I can to start. Sincerely
Aubrie R, 16, 24/10/2010
Hi Cathy just bought your latest book fantastic. I hope you have a lot more books coming x
Dear Cathy, I would like to thank you for writing such wonderful books. A friend of mine also a foster carer lent me your books to read whilst I was in the middle of a care case. My partner and I had been accused of injury to his son that we were found to have nothing to do with. The books brought me much comfort and gave me insight into the inner workings of what happens when children go into care. I was able to liken our little boy’s foster carer to you so that as I read your books I had an image of what you may look like. I have been spurred on to write a book of my own about the case we were involved with to help other fathers out there that in my opinion would have given up fighting. We are happy to say we were cleared of any involvement and now have this very special little chap living with us. But I wanted to tell you how grateful I was to have your books to read and I managed to read ‘I Miss Mummy’ in one sitting. I look forward to your future releases with much anticipation. I wish you every success for your future books. Kind regards
Karen, UK, 23/10/2010
Hi Cathy, How are you? I have read Cut. I enjoyed the book and soon I am going to get the book I Miss Mummy. I am a really good fan of you. I really have been enjoying your books so far. Please if you could reply back to me. My name is Zainab. I am 11 years old. Thank you, carry on writing.
Zainab A, 11, 22/10/2010
Another brilliant book Cathy!, Mummy Told Me Not to Tell was sad but had some happy parts. The ending was perfect for Reece I couldn’t think of anything that would have suited him more! I’ll be in the shops again looking for more of your books. Thanks,