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Please Don't Take My Baby [Kindle Edition]

Cathy Glass
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‘I’m going to love my baby and give her lots of attention,’ Jade said. ‘I’ll show my mum she’s wrong.’

Jade, 17, is pregnant, homeless and alone when she’s brought to live with Cathy. Jade is desperate to keep her baby, but little more than a child herself, she struggles with the responsibilities her daughter brings.

Cathy is worried as soon as Jade arrives: she’s never looked after a pregnant teenager before, but none of the mother and baby carers is free, and – seventeen years old, seven months pregnant and homeless – Jade is in a desperate situation.

But Jade doesn’t want to listen or advice and although her daughter is born safely it isn’t long before Jade’s in trouble with the police.

Cathy knows that Jade loves her daughter with all her heart, but will she be able to get through to Jade in time to make her realise just how much she might lose?

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About the Author

Cathy has been a foster carer for over 25 years, during which time she has looked after more than 100 children, of all ages and backgrounds. She has three teenage children of her own; one of whom was adopted after a long-term foster placement. The name Cathy Glass is a pseudonym.

Cathy has written 15 books, including bestselling memoirs Cut, Hidden and Mummy Told Me Not To Tell.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 917 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007514913
  • Publisher: Harper Element (25 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A61ZRO2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (405 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,422 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I live in England and have three children, two birth children and one adopted. When I left school I held a clerical position in the civil service, which I left to start a family. At the same time I became a foster carer, which is the inspiration for much of my writing. I have been a foster carer for over twenty-five years and am what's known as a specialist foster carer, sometimes referred to as a level 3 carer. This is in recognition of my experience and qualifications and means that I am often asked to look after children with complex needs or very challenging behaviour. I have a degree in education and psychology which I was awarded as a mature student.

I have always been a writer - from when I was at school, with poems in the school magazine. In my teens I began writing short stories, articles, a few radio plays, and entering writing competitions. Like many writers it was a hobby - something I did almost furtively in my spare time, while working, and then later fostering and looking after my family. The two halves of my life - writer and foster carer - came together in 2007 when I wrote about a child I'd fostered and the book immediately became a number one best seller. Since then there have been many bestsellers, thanks to you. I really appreciate all your support and best wishes. Cathy xxx

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tugs at the Heartstrings 25 April 2013
By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER
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As an experienced foster carer, Cathy has taken on many challenges. Never before has she been faced with a 17 year old schoolgirl who is seven months pregnant and has been thrown out of her home by her mother. Never one to shirk a new challenge, either, the always positive and compassionate Cathy accepts Jade into her home on a short term basis until a mother-and-baby foster place can be found. Of course, this does not happen. Jade's behavioural problems drop Cathy at the bottom of a steep learning curve which she climbs treading on eggshells, especially after Jade's baby arrives on the scene.

The unreliable and deceitful Jade confuses Cathy's feelings. She questions herself over mistakes and wrong decisions she may have made concerning Jade to the point of being a failure. This self-doubting runs alongside her strengths and abilities to continue to do what she considers in Jade's best interests. She never gives up.

This book is another fascinating insight into the trials and tribulations of foster-caring and the intimate relationship with the social worker and benefits systems. The emotional struggles and feelings of both hope and hopelessness run hand in hand throughout the story. The outcome of affairs hangs in the balance on a thread in the hands of Jade's commitment and the response of the authorities. Many heart-rending episodes keep the reader on tenterhooks awaiting the next move. Another wonderful journey through an episode affecting several lives by the mastery of Cathy Glass's authorship. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "A Wave of Inspiration" 25 April 2013
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I wasn't quite so sure about this book at first given that the situation was slightly different to many of the others in Cathy's books but I guess it's hardly surprising that I cried, enjoyed the book thoroughly and once again felt a wave of inspiration and hope as I finished the last page.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book 30 April 2013
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Another brilliant book by this author.
A great subject and well written - every bit as good as Cathy's previous books.
Highly recommended and don't forget to read the update afterwards on Cathy's website.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another amazing read 14 May 2013
By Tracy B
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Cathy Glass writes amazing books which tell the stories of the children she has fostered. Some of the children have been victims of terrible and harrowing levels of abuse but with the love and support of this amazing lady and her family they come through and go on to rebuild their lives.
Please Don't Take My Baby is another example of how Cathy initially finds herself wary and feeling a little out of depth fostering a pregnant teenager awaiting a mother and baby placement. During her time with Cathy, Jade continues to spend time with friends who are a bad influence, continuing on the downward spiral that could eventually lead to her losing her baby.
With the support of her loving boyfriend, Cathy, family, and a social worker who believes in her, Jade manages to turn her life around. This book had me feeling sad, angry, and cross with Jade for potentially throwing away the opportunity to keep her baby and throwing everything back at those trying so desperately to help her.
Cathys unwavering support of Jade and her faith in her ability to be a fantastic mum shines through and it is heartwarming to know there are foster carers like Cathy who go the extra mile to help these children.
From start to finish this is another Cathy Glass triumph and I'm very much looking forward to the next book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! 6 Aug. 2013
By lisalh
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As always cathy glass has wrote about another touching emotional journey in her role as a foster carer. Couldn't put it down. I always feel as if I am there xxx
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5.0 out of 5 stars another great book by Cathy Glass 16 Dec. 2013
This book should be given to teenage boys and girls in school to read and than there may think about having a baby.
This is a story of a 17 year called Jade and her baby Courtney, Jade is homeless and has been in trouble with the police Cathy is asked to look after her till there found a mother and bay unit,
Cathy takes Jade in and finds that is very different to looking after young children,
Jade goes out with her mates smokes and gets drunk while she is still pregant and comes back to Cathy drunk and way pass the time she should have been home, Tyler her boyfriend and the father of the baby keeps telling Jade of for the smoking and drinking even after the baby is born,
Jade get caught shop lifting with her friend when she is out with Courtney and her social worker comes round and says that there are having a meeting to take the baby away, from here on you will need a box of tissues,
Cathy starts to blame herself for helping to much with the baby, which any one would, i cant tell you the ending as it would spoil it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Please don't take my baby 27 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Cathy Glass is a truley amazing lady, she has help so many children ,& not only the people she has looked after which have benefited from knowing Cathy, in everyone of her books she inspires people she has never met, I've loved all Cathy's book's , the only thing wrong is once you pick up one of Cathy's book's you just carn't put it down till you have finished reading it, I don't think Cathy realises how she helps people who have been through terrible things , she is such an amazing lady, I've even emailed Cathy on occasion's when I'm feeling down & she always takes the time to reply , I would recommend all Cathy's book's to everyone , she is such a fabulous lady , I carn't say enough about Cathy , She has made such a difference to my life just reading her books , she makes everyone feel like there is a place in this world for you, even after everything you've been through , she makes it possible for you to comprehend that not all people are bad, thank you Cathy for yet another amazing in sight in to the life of people you've helped ,
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