Betrayed, Exploited and Forgotten. How One Boy Overcame the Odds.
From the Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author of ‘Damaged’ comes the poignant and shocking memoir of Cathy’s recent relationship with Tayo, a young boy she fosters whose good behaviour and polite manners hide a terrible past.
Tayo arrives at Cathy’s with only the clothes he stands up in. He has been brought to her by the police, but he is calm, polite, and very well spoken, and not at all like the children she normally fosters. The social worker gives Cathy the forms which should contain Tayo’s history, but apart from his name and age, it is blank. Tayo has no past.
Tayo is an 'invisible' child, kidnapped from his loving father in Nigeria and brought illegally to the UK by his drink and drugs dependent prostitute mother, where he is put to work in a sweat shop in Central London. When he sustains an injury and is no longer earning, he is cast out.
When Cathy takes Tayo to school he points out a dozen different addresses where he has stayed in the last six months, often being left alone. Tayo lies, and manipulates situations to his own advantage and Cathy has to be continually on guard. Tayo’s social worker searches all computer databases but there is no record of Tayo – he has only attended school for 3 terms and has never seen a doctor. He and his mother have been evading the authorities by living ‘underground’.
With his mother recently released from prison, Tayo is desperate to live with his father in Nigeria, but no one can track him down or even prove that he exists.
‘Plays out like a juicy ITV1 drama…at times heartbreaking. But Hidden is also a life -affirming read which proves that, despite the bad press, Social Services do have their successes - and ultimately, sometimes a little hope is all you need.’ Heat
Reviews for ‘Damaged’:
'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
About the author
Cathy has been a foster carer for over 20 years, during which time she has looked after more than 70 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. She has three teenage children of her own; one of whom was adopted after a long-term foster placement. The name Cathy Glass is a pseudonym.
Fantastic story!!( as always, by Cathy). Couldn't put this one down. I love reading Cathy's books because they show that just a few caring people working together in a child's life can make such a difference to that child's future.
Helping us parents
I have just finished reading <hidden> and read <damaged> and many more of your books .. I am no foster parent..and my children never needed foster parenting.. Your books that i read helps me solve many problems with my 2 daughters which they are teens.. I have raised them by my self Natalllie studying at UNI now to become a teacher and Ceren at high school.. I have worked in so many places to get pass by all expenses in life..and managed to complete a beauty therapist course and now working successfully as a therapist at the age of 38. Reading your books is helping me in so many ways..not just about raising teens or children but my own dwellings..and how i react to people around me.. I read and pass on your books to my girls so they can see wats out there.. Thank you Cathy Glass.. You and your colleges are angles on earth..thanks for making it possible for those who need!
Hidden.... One of the best books I have ever read!!!
I was so touched by this book... I work in the industry we help to employ carers. I just wished they were all like u Cathy. It mad me laugh n cry!! Two books down n hopefully many more to come!! Amy, Australia