by Casey Watson
This is a harrowing portrait of a profoundly unloved child who is taken into care both because of his own actions but also that of his drug addict mother. With numerous failed foster placements over a period of six years the final placement looks also to be heading for failure, until a visit to the boy's mother on Boxing Day reveals there are some very dark underlying problems that the boy has never spoken about. As the full picture becomes clearer, and the horrific truth of his early life is revealed, the foster carer and her family finally start to understand the pain that has been suffered and to put things into place to begin some form rehabilitation.
'We're hungry,' his brother kept repeating. 'We're hungry, Justin. Please find us some food.' Justin was just five years old; his brothers two and three. Their mother, a heroin-addict, had left them hungry and alone, while she went to get her next fix. Later that day, after trying to burn down the family home, Justin was taken into care. Justin was taken into care at the age of five after deliberately burning down his family home. Six years on, after 20 failed placements, Justin arrives at Casey's home. Casey and her husband Mike are specialist foster carers. They practice a new style of foster care that focuses on modifying the behaviour of profoundly damaged children. They are Justin's last hope, and it quickly becomes clear that they are facing a big challenge. Try as they might to make him welcome, he seems determined to strip his life of all the comforts they bring him, violently lashing out at schoolmates and family and throwing any affection they offer him back in their faces. After a childhood filled with hurt and rejection, Justin simply doesn't want to know. But, as it soon emerges, this is only the tip of a chilling iceberg.
Publication date: 13/10/2011
Publisher: Harper Element an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||13th October 2011|
|Publisher:||Harper Element an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography, The Real World,|
|Categories:||Memoirs, Adoption & fostering,|
Casey Watson is a specialist foster carer. She has been working in this field for six years after giving up her position as a behaviour manager for a local school. During this time she has welcomed 14 difficult to place children into her home. As a specialist foster carer she works with profoundly damaged children, seeing each child through a specific behavioural modification programme, at the end of which they will hopefully be in the position to be returned either back to their family or into mainstream foster care. Casey combines fostering with writing, usually late at night when the rest ...More About Casey Watson