Cathy Glass has been cloned!

(13 Posts)
NanaNina Sun 28-Jul-13 19:24:46

I have never read any of these books but FCs have mentioned them before and said they enjoyed reading them. I looked at one of Cathy Glass's books in a bookshop and it did say "non fiction" (I think) on the back cover. I knew they were not written be real foster carers because:

1. No FC would have the time to churn out books at this rate!
2. It would be breaking all confidentiality rules to write about children and their circumstances even if not using their correct names
3. The bit I read in the bookshop did not ring true at all.

I don't know how these women get away with calling their books "non fiction" because clearly they are fiction, though they clearly have to research the fostering process and it's not that difficult is it, to put a spin on things and make it out that it's them who are "doing the doing"

Think I will write to Harper Collins and ask how these books can be classified as non-fiction when clearly they are fiction.

As for "specialist" foster carers, as far as I'm concerned all foster carers are specialists in their own particular way, doing a very hard job caring for some of the most disadvantaged and emotionally damaged children in our society. If that isn't special I don't know what is!

Roshbegosh Thu 25-Jul-13 23:26:32

Oh she manages all that with a babe on each hip.

fasparent Thu 25-Jul-13 23:03:11

We were specialist Foster parents some 35 years ago looking after special needs children with a very wide range of problems we received enhanced fostering rates , how ever it was phased out into all fostering
within a few years as was the special training enabling all foster parents too be equally trained , extra payments were also phased out.
Now we all have too do Fostering Standard Training and NVQ 3 training is available , along with a very wide range of compulsory and optional training. Our LA requires FC too complete at least 3 training sessions a year regards in addition also too attend support group's workshop's and training sessions monthly.
Think Class is out of touch with reality.

scarlet My LA has level 1,2,3 carers but we certainly don't refer to them as specialist just more experienced. I have this conversation with SW's and team managers all the time. It's even used in proceedings the same as "therapeutic" residential units, both are a crock. As I painstakingly point out life and fostering experience are what they should be looking for rather than a label.

HenriettaPye Thu 25-Jul-13 20:18:43

I have all cathy glass and casey Watson books. blushblush

<<Runs off and hides>>

scarlet5tyger Thu 25-Jul-13 20:10:17

flummoxedlummox the neighbouring LA to mine has a few specialist carers - I think they're officially called level 3 carers but everyone I know just refers to them as specialist carers (not in the rather big headed way Ms Watson does I hasten to add!) My own LA kindly told its own foster carers that they don't subscribe to this policy because we are all specialists. (And therefore all receive the same basic pay....)

scarlet5tyger Thu 25-Jul-13 20:04:42

Roshbegosh you have taken my rage away and made me laugh! grin

I commission fostering placements and having just done a tender I had to define "specialist" foster carers as I could not find a definition (try googling it). I defined "specialist" as referring to the support from the agency not the carers. If a carer referred to themselves as "specialist" I'd be somewhat suspect. Remand or professional carers on the other hand could well be referred to as "specialist".

AmandinePoulain Thu 25-Jul-13 20:04:19

I'm not a foster carer, although I do have a little occasional contact with foster carers at work, and even I took her book with a huge pinch of salt. It was the one about a baby whose mother felt she had to give him up for family reasons and then conveniently changed her mind at the end hmm. It was just completely unrealistic in my completely unprofessional opinion!

Roshbegosh Thu 25-Jul-13 20:00:02

Oh and I've never heard of Casey whatsherface, just Cathy Glass, don't want to read anymore thanks, the reality is enough thanks without reading about how perfect I ought to be.

Roshbegosh Thu 25-Jul-13 19:57:38

I agree, all these children that she miraculously turns around and whatever happens she just calmly goes into a wonderful, perfectly phrased explanation for the child (often in adult language though), she never gets tired or angry, her own children are so perfect and understanding about the foster children's needs. What about the one where she found the boy's father missing in Africa or something, she probably did that on her way to liberate Kabul or something. Wow she's just so fucking wonderful isn't she?

scarlet5tyger Thu 25-Jul-13 19:50:01

Ps - I'm not in any way intending my post to be a slight against genuine specialist foster carers, just the opposite in fact. I know several specialist carers who would be horrified to have people thinking this is what they do.

scarlet5tyger Thu 25-Jul-13 19:47:04

I've just discovered there are two patronising "foster carers" writing for Harper Collins! Handily, they both work for the same agency, and write remarkably similar stories about the children they foster, which all seem to have remarkably happy (and sudden) endings...

A friend gave me a couple of Casey Watson novels as she knew I'm a foster carer and thought I'd like them. I read the first one thinking it was just co-incidentally similar to the Cathy Glass ones I'd read, then I read the second. Even though I don't actually believe a word Cathy Glass writes is true any longer, she does at least seem fairly inoffensive. Casey Watson however had me fuming throughout book number 2 - about a little girl who cared for her mum who was ill in hospital. On practically every page Casey reminds you that she and her husband are specialist carers, coping with kids that "normal" carers cannot handle. In neither book was there any behaviour that "normal" foster carers don't see every day!

She mentioned attachment training a couple of times, but barely seemed to notice that her foster children were displaying all signs of attachment problems. She didn't spot that the little girl she cared for had OCD until halfway through her stay, despite her showing all the classic signs. She leaves a clearly damaged little girl to play alone with her grandson, then is horrified that the little girl takes his nappy off...

I think I'd be less critical if I still believed that these books were written by genuine foster carers. As it is, someone is making a vast sum of money from stories that they are advertising as true.

A quick Google reveals that Cathy Glass now has 16, sixteen, books published! I barely have time to write a few posts on here in an evening! When do these specialist carers get to write a whole book??

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