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Please Don't Take My Baby [Kindle Edition]

Cathy Glass
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Book Description

‘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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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
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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 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 My second read from Cathy Glass 4 July 2013
Format:Paperback
This is second book I have read of Cathy Glass's and I was not disappointed. This book highlights the diffcultys of teenage pregnancy and being a teenage mother, for however they feel they are stillchildren themselves have a lot to learn and a lot of growing up to do. Jade enters Cathys life on what was to be a short few weeks till a place with foster cares trained in teenage pregnancy was availiable despite on coming availiable it was out of the county and Jade refused to go. During the time Jade was with Cathy she contiually lied and took liberties which include smoking and drinking heavily while pregnant. Despite warnings on how dangerous this was her baby from Cathy and Jades boyfriend Tyler she refused to listen. After going into labour early although it turned out wasnt and baby courtney was born at term. Jade returned to Cathys with baby Courtney where although making some steps forward but still contiuning to be irresbonsible and deceitful, by not taking courtney to immunisatio s and check ups. This inturn made Cathy question her abilities and that she had helped to much. Jade very nearly looses her baby, but with help from her sicial worker Jade is given a second chance in the form of a mother and baby special housing unit. While there she makes slight progress yet reverts back to drinking with another girl, after this the giirl looses her baby after leaving her baby unattended while with jade drinking. This is the wake up calk jade finally needs to get her act together. Still having support from Cathy. Jade is eventually deemed capable to look after her daughter and is housed in a flat with boyfriend tyler. We find out from cathys uodates that they have made good of there lives working a bringing coyrtney up well and are even starting to foster them selves. Well done Cathy your books are amazing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars another great book by Cathy Glass 16 Dec. 2013
Format:Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Amazing Book from Cathy Glass 29 April 2013
By Becky
Format:Paperback
Bought this book on Saturday, finished it on Sunday, just couldn't put it down. A heartfelt story, yet again full of Cathy's amazing patience and understanding.
I would recommend this, and any of Cathys books to anyone. An absolute must read for anyone interested in the realities of troubled children, foster care and the care system.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good insight for young women in how difficult it is ...
OK. A good insight for young women in how difficult it is to look after a baby and the lifestyle changes that are required.
Published 1 day ago by Emma Griffths
5.0 out of 5 stars Please don't take my baby
Very very good..it's one of them books were you can't put it down..Very emotional and uplifting ,topical book form Cathy Glass
Published 1 month ago by Adele Stears
5.0 out of 5 stars excelent book very sad story all i can say is ...
excelent book very sad story all i can say is what a wonderfull woman Cathy Glass is everyone should read her books and see the sadness with so many children in our wonderfull... Read more
Published 1 month ago by BRIAN ROWLEY
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing book full of emotion
One of the first Cathy glass books I purchased and I've been hooked ever since , the way these books are written and the story's they tell are so amazing and emotion definitely the... Read more
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Published 1 month ago by PATRICIA PAGE
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Compelling reading
Published 2 months ago by wendy
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I couldn't put it down wanted to know what happened happy and sad as well as inspirational. Cathy glass is one of my favourite authors.
Published 2 months ago by mrs j astles
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good read
Published 2 months ago by christine davis
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Published 2 months ago by Miss S. Andrews
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