Damaged: The Heartbreaking True Story of a Forgotten Child

Damaged: The Heartbreaking True Story of a Forgotten Child Review

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. Despite 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 paedophile 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 Unfortunately Jodie becomes increasingly withdrawn, and it's clear she needs psychiatric therapy.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 paedophile 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.

Title:Damaged: The Heartbreaking True Story of a Forgotten Child
Edition Language:English

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  • Paul Bryant

    Are we now living in the age of Full Disclosure when everything is revealed about what people do to each other, the real truth about what human beings are? When it comes to dresses being paraded with ...

  • Audra

    Writing was so-so... I think that there are better stories of the realities of being a foster parent. This felt more like "LOOK AT ALL THESE TERRIBLE THINGS! LOOK HOW BAD THE SYSTEM IS! LOOK HOW DAMAG...

  • Love

    This book it is kind of hard to describe how it made me feel....Mad, sad. How could any system just kind of look over things like this. Out of all the books I have read on this subject matter, this ha...

  • Karen

    I am not sure of any other way to rate this book.This book is about a girl named, Jodi, who enters the foster care system at the age of 7. Within 4mo she has already been through 5 foster homes. There...

  • Jody Skalski

    I read this book pretty quickly as I couldn't put it down. This is a disturbing story to read. I am sometimes asked why I read such "deep" books. I have always had an interest in troubled, needy child...

  • Ailina Willis

    Though not eloquent, Glass's writing is sensitive and solid. The sheer depth of the experience is the crown of this book. I couldn't put it down. I was desperate to read Glass's conclusion, for better...

  • Brenda

    I'm very conflicted by this book. I think the author did a good job writing the story and I found it relatively fast and easy to read. But the content of the story is so disturbing that I also found i...

  • Alicia Castilleja

    This is a story about a young girl named Jodie. She is an eight year old girl, who is mellow and isn't outgoing what so ever. She is going through a very difficult time. Jodie has had to move in to a...

  • Kristina Lenarczyk

    Such a quick read and a powerful story. Laughed and cried, and can't wait to pick up more from this author. ...

  • InÍs

    Damaged: The Heartbreaking True Story of a Forgotten Child by Cathy GlassAlthough Jodie is only eight years old, she is violent, aggressive, and her challenging behaviour has sent her off to five ca...