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      Daddy’s Little Princess
Cathy Glass

Internationally bestselling author and foster carer Cathy Glass tells the story of one of the first children that she fostered.Little Beth, aged 7, had been brought up by her father after her mother left when she was a toddler. But when he’s suddenly admitted to hospital with psychiatric problems Beth is taken into care.Beth is a sweet-natured child who appears to have been well looked after. But it isn’t long before Cathy begins to have concerns that the relationship between Beth and her father is not as it should be. They clearly love each other very much and Derek spoils his daughter, treating her like a princess, but there is something bothering Cathy, something she can’t quite put her finger on.But, despite Cathy flagging her concerns to the social worker Jessie, no action is taken. Until Jessie accompanies Beth to the hospital to see her father… Then, suddenly, everything changes. All contact is stopped and Cathy is left to help pick up the pieces as poor Beth struggles to understand what her daddy has done wrong.

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Contents

Cover (#u34e64dc2-b156-5939-9712-0d268287ecf1)

Title Page (#u7e3bea40-b80b-5064-9ffb-08f47e2a4431)

Copyright (#ulink_58fc3097-3523-5f10-a592-848412754c8f)

In the Beginning (#ulink_ae0bb519-191a-5bd5-ab11-629d74830293)

Chapter One: Close to Tears (#ulink_be09bb66-6657-50b7-8608-34ecfb16474a)

Chapter Two: Mr Sleep Bear (#ulink_da6ec1ca-1596-50b8-a4f5-89f569d0d843)

Chapter Three: The Photographs (#ulink_31be3a6a-cb27-5f25-8603-5241184ec483)

Chapter Four: Inappropriate (#ulink_a1068fb0-7b7c-5ec4-9d85-c69947409280)

Chapter Five: Marianne (#ulink_4bec536f-e92e-5fef-8cc1-d596c445e95f)

Chapter Six: My Concerns Grow (#ulink_c94fbe3b-8550-50fa-a89f-a2897e79ad4c)

Chapter Seven: Guilty (#ulink_5e329049-f2b5-5963-951f-da209ad61d60)

Chapter Eight: Wise Owl (#ulink_45efd28e-2d3d-5e1c-babb-03091263bb4b)

Chapter Nine: Sexualizing the Innocent (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter Ten: Calm Before the Storm (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter Eleven: Ignorance (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter Twelve: Very Upset (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter Thirteen: Two-Parent Family (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter Fourteen: The Meeting (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter Fifteen: Loyal to Abuser (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter Sixteen: Are You Happy Here? (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter Seventeen: Special Present (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter Eighteen: Sudden Turn of Events (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter Nineteen: Dr Jones (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter Twenty: He’s Mine! (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter Twenty-One: The Telephone Call (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter Twenty-Two: Icing on the Cake (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter Twenty-Three: She Must Hate Me (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter Twenty-Four: A New Friend (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter Twenty-Five: The Decision (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter Twenty-Six: The Visit (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter Twenty-Seven: The Postcard (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter Twenty-Eight: Couple in the Playground (#litres_trial_promo)

Epilogue (#litres_trial_promo)

Acknowledgements (#litres_trial_promo)

Exclusive sample chapter (#litres_trial_promo)

Cathy Glass (#litres_trial_promo)

Moving Memoirs eNewsletter (#litres_trial_promo)

About the Publisher (#litres_trial_promo)

In the Beginning (#u3641ec51-23c6-52d7-b9a4-59184395ef42)

To write this book – Beth’s story – I need to go back in time, to when Adrian was six and Paula was just two. I had only been fostering for a few years, and back then foster carers were given little in the way of training or support, or background information on the child. They were ‘thrown in at the deep end’ and left to get on with it, either swimming or sinking under the strain of it all. Looking back now, I shudder to think of some of the unsafe situations my family and I were placed in, and I also wonder – with the benefit of hindsight from years of fostering and training – if I would have handled situations differently. Some, maybe, but not with Beth. I am sure I would have made the same decisions then as now, for some behaviour is never acceptable and has to be stopped to save the child.
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