Paolo paints a vivid picture of his coming of age in the children's home; of bruising fights, failed love, brushes with the law and enduring friendships, and describes how his salvation eventually comes through his passion for music and literature. Gripping and perceptive, The Looked After Kid is is a testament to the resilience of children who 'go to sleep at night believing the world to be a dark and terrible place', but wonderfully emerge from the darkness to shine their lights on all.
The eleventh memoir and latest title from the internationally bestselling author and foster carer Cathy Glass. She has been in foster care several times already and when she discovered she was pregnant, and refused to have an abortion, her mother threw her out of the house. A recent census shows that there are at least , child carers in the UK, 13, of whom care for more than 50 hours a week. Many remain invisible to a system that would otherwise help them.
Abigail is one of those children.
This is her story. Ten-year-old Abigail has never known her father.
Her mother, Sarah, has multiple sclerosis, and Abigail has been her carer since she was a toddler — shopping, cooking, cleaning and attending to her personal needs. When Sarah is rushed to hospital, suddenly this comes to the attention of the social services, and Abigail has nowhere to go. Sarah and Abigail insist that they do not need help, but with no other family to contact, social services are left with no choice but to find long-term care for Abigail, against their wishes.
But Casey never gives up on a child in need, and she knows there must be another solution Eight-year-old Aimee was on the child protection register at birth. Her five older siblings were taken into care many years ago. So no one can understand why she was left at home to suffer for so long. It seems Aimee was forgotten. The social services are looking for a very experienced foster carer to look after Aimee and, when she reads the referral, Cathy understands why. When she arrives, Aimee is angry.
And she has every right to be. It is a trying time for Cathy, and it makes it difficult for Aimee to settle.
But as Aimee begins to trust Cathy, she starts to open up. Account Options Sign in.
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W e know there are terrible people out there dead set on doing terrible things. We know we once lived quite happily without uploading pictures full of identifying features school uniforms, street names in backgrounds, captions full of nicknames for children and the real names of pets and soft toys that could provide anyone with a convincing-sounding connection to your child in the park into public domains. But I doubt adolescents change that much between generations. I suspect the Austrian teen will have much company in years to come as new generations of always-hypersensitive teenagers trying to carve out a bit of quiet, contemplative, private space to work out his or her own identity start to find all the bare-bummed snaps that once would have been confined to a family album strewn across the internet forever.
A nd remember — so far we are only talking about the uploading that is within your control. I may not post anything online, but I cannot stop other people doing it, so I did have to put a three line whip out to family and have asked a couple of friends to take pictures of my son down. It is hard to make a stand against any convention without people assuming you are judging them for doing things differently. B ut I have to do what I feel is right for my child and I respect your right to do treat yours differently.
The average person uploads 30 pictures of children who are not their own per year. The carelessness of this appals me. We go to such lengths in all other ways to keep our children safe, healthy and happy. Online should be no different. The internet is not an alternate dimension where different rules apply. It is part of real life and needs to be policed just as industriously.
Tag me holierthanthou, by all means. Both my Instagram and Facebook accounts are private, so the photos there are only seen by close friends and family. Generic cute photo, probably fine - splashing about in the bath, they might be less comfortable with. That turned out to be a mistake. I received over replies from people who thought I had a transgendered son and was advertising the fact that I let him go to school dressed as a girl.
There are clearly people out there who are combing social media, looking for opportunities to vent their disapproval.
You simply have to adopt a bit of common sense with what is appropriate and be mindful of the type of information you are revealing. I get that Facebook is a digital photo album for friends and family, but I would never allow a picture of my daughter to be posted on any other form of social media. Because I loathe and detest it, for one thing, but also because she's got a lifetime of being subjected to other people's gaze and other people's judgement in front of her.