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Please Don't Take My Baby

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?

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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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 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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4 of 4 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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5.0 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening read 19 Aug 2014
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It was another good read in Sally Glass's inimitable very detailed style! Lots of good social practice from Rachel the social worker, although what stood out for me was that it appears happy outcomes largely depends to what lengths a social worker is prepared to go for their client!! I wondered if Jade had been of another race, if any social worker and their Manager would have pushed so hard and given SO many chances for them to parent their child! So far, in my practice experience, which is over 20 years in social care, I have seen great disparity in these types of opportunities and chances for people of colour. It's something for us all in social work to REALLY think about and be more proactive about.

Also, another thing that stood out for me in this story, was that Cathy's practice in this instance was a bit too adult-focused and not as child-focused as it should be; fortunately on this occasion, Jade's was a success story, but it could have been otherwise, but well done again though Cathy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By stacey
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Another great read from Cathy Glass giving you a real insight into the world of fostering with all the ups and downs that come with it and finished with a lovely ending as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good read 5 Aug 2013
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I have read a lot of cathy glass books have always enjoyed them and this one did not disappoint me. thoroughly good read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not sure 1 July 2013
By Mos
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This book was a little uncomfortable read for me. On the one hand I liked the story from the foster carer's point of view, however on the other hand, I was left wondering how the subjects of her books felt being written about.
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