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Damaged: The Heartbreaking True Story of a Forgotten Child
Damaged The Heartbreaking True Story of a Forgotten Child Author:Cathy Glass Although Jodie is only eight years old, she is violent, aggressive, and has already been through numerous foster families. Her last hope is Cathy Glass. At the Social Services office, Cathy (an experienced foster carer) is pressured into taking Jodie as a new placement. Jodie's challenging behaviour has seen off five carers in four months. D... more »espite her reservations, Cathy decides to accept Jodie to protect her from being placed in an institution. Jodie arrives, and her first act is to soil herself, and then wipe it on her face, grinning wickedly. Jodie meets Cathy's teenage children, and greets them with a sharp kick to the shins. That night, Cathy finds Jodie covered in blood, having cut her own wrist, and smeared the blood over her face. As Jodie begins to trust Cathy her behaviour improves. Over time, with childish honesty, she reveals details of her abuse at the hands of her parents and others. It becomes clear that Jodie's parents were involved in a sickening pedophile ring, with neighbours and Social Services not seeing what should have been obvious signs. Unfortunately Jodie becomes increasingly withdrawn, and it's clear she needs psychiatric therapy. Cathy urges the Social Services to provide funding, but instead they decide to take Jodie away from her, and place her in a residential unit. Although the pedophile ring is investigated and brought to justice, Jodie's future is still up in the air. Cathy promises that she will stand by her no matter what -- her love for the abandoned Jodie is unbreakable.« less
Difficult to read, not because of the writing, but because of the content matter. Nonetheless, this should be required reading for foster carers, and social workers alike. My heart breaks for the little girl in the story, and hope that she was able to find some peace.
Holly B. (hollyskids) reviewed Damaged: The Heartbreaking True Story of a Forgotten Child on
Helpful Score: 5
As a foster mom myself, it was very interesting to read about other people in the foster care system and the issues they deal with. I commend Cathy Glass for her dedication and commitment to this little girl. This was a great read; very informative and reveals the sad state of the child services system.
Although Cathy Glass is a foster parent in the U.K. you can still understand this authors' stories. Some words she uses you have to read between the lines and use the surrounding text to realize what they mean. The story line itself is well written. All of her stories are sad & sometimes disturbing, but are hard to put down. These are must reads because we as humanity need to understand that there are children who are going through horrors that no human should have to endure let alone helpless children. Then they are expected to carry on a productive life without any repercussions?
There aren't enough words to describe the utterly appalling feeling I got while reading about this poor little girl, she suffered so much and her outlook in her future is so tarnished. I read this so fast that I don't remember two days going by - I couldn't put it down. Cathy Glass is definitely a saint for all she went through with Jodie - phenomenally written and yet such a depressing story. There are so many sick people in this world, but the people in this story take the cake.
This is a heartbreaking story of a young child and the terrible things that parents can do. Cathy is an amazing woman with amazing strength and heart. This story will open your eyes and pull at your heart strings, an awesome story.