/ Key title 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. A number 1 Sunday Times Bestseller. / The 'Damaged' hardback was a Sunday Times no.1 bestseller. / This is the first memoir of its kind by a foster carer. Cathy's story exposes shocking neglect and failure by the Social Services. / Cathy is an excellent spokesperson and author and the book's contemporary, real-life story (Jodie is still in a home) and focus on caring and women's issues, will have a wide media appeal. / Marketing activity will target fostering organisations, charities, agencies, and specialist publications, to promote and distribute the book on publication. / Competition: Jenny Tomlin's Behind Closed Doors (Hodder & Stoughton, 2005, 0340837926), Jane Elliot's The Little Prisoner (Harper Element, 2005, 0007208936 , The Kid (Kevin Lewis, Penguin, 2004, 0141014628), Dave Pelzer's The Lost Boy (Orion, 2001, 0752879650)
Cathy Glass has been a foster carer for over 20 years, during which time she has looked after more than 50 children, of all ages and backgrounds. Cathy runs training courses on fostering for her local Social Services, and helps draft new fostering procedures and guidelines. Cathy has three teenage children of her own; one of whom was adopted after a long-term foster placement.
'Cannot fail to move those who read it.' Adoption-net 'Heartbreaking.' The Mirror 'A truly harrowing read that made me cry.' The Sun 'A true tale of hope. ****.' OK! 'Foster carers rarely get the praise they deserve, but Cathy Glass's book should change all that.****' First Magazine 'A hugely touching and emotional true tale.' Star Magazine