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The Boy No One Loved: A Heartbreaking True Story of Abuse, Abandonment and Betrayal
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The Boy No One Loved: A Heartbreaking True Story of Abuse, Abandonment and Betrayal [Format Kindle]

Casey Watson

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The first in a series of books from foster carer Casey Watson.

‘We’re hungry,’ his brother cried. ‘We’re hungry, Justin. Please find us some food.’

Justin was five years old; his brothers two and three. Their mother, a heroin addict, had left them alone again. 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.

A visit to Justin’s mother on Boxing Day reveals that there are some very dark underlying problems that Justin has never spoken about. As the full picture becomes clearer, and the horrific truth of Justin’s early life is revealed, Casey and her family finally start to understand the pain he has suffered…

Includes a sample chapter of Crying for Help.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent book, well written and thought provoking 7 février 2012
Par Megan F - Publié sur
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I really enjoyed reading this book, and couldn't put it down after I started it. I am a big Cathy Glass fan, and find this book very similar to hers. The main difference is that Casey runs a specialist fostering program for 'last chance' children, who have nowhere else to go due to too many placement breakdowns caused by their behaviour. I've already downloaded the next book, and can't wait to get stuck in. Thanks Casey, you're an amazing and very special lady.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Heartwrenching 14 septembre 2012
Par E. Morrison - Publié sur
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Casey Watson and her husband Mike (psuedonyms) take in, for one year, a profoundly damaged boy and work miracles in his life. This is a gripping story, at times very difficult and painful to read. Throughout the book I was appalled by how dreadfully "the system" had failed this child and his biological siblings. When a mother sells her five-year-old into prostitution in order to procure drugs, ALL of her children need to be removed to a safe place by social services, not just one of them! The sluggish responses and lack of advocacy for these children, documented in painstaking detail throughout the book, are truly horrifying. Clearly the birthmother's home was not a safe environment for any child; why the lack of appropriate action on the part of responsible adults? Why the lengthy unsupervised visits with a violent, drug-addicted parent? It made me so angry to read of this child's unnecessary suffering.
Once involved, the Watson family provides the basics: shelter, routine, stability, affection, fun, commitment, caring. And what an amazing person Justin turns out to be, as he begins to heal, and then to thrive, in the safe environment they create for him.
It surprised me very much to learn that a child as troubled as Justin was initially, with a history of violently attacking people, was not at any time under the care of a psychiatrist. The foster mother/author was left to deal with terrifying situations alone and unaided, such as (SPOILER ALERT!!!) being threatened with a knife on one occasion, and a staplegun on another. At no point were the police or mental health professionals on the scene, and I found that odd. It also struck me as odd that the Watsons were willing to risk introducing a dog into their family, given Justin's history of animal cruelty.
The family's strength and resilience were amazing. And Ms. Watson tells her story with no smugness; the tone is humble, not at all self-congratulatory. I was filled with admiration for how they bounced back from crises, their honesty and optimism in the face of very discouraging realities, to say the least.
The book is both disturbing and inspiring. It agitated me greatly to read it, but at the same time, I am very grateful people like Casey and Mike Watson exist. Without such people, without their love and courage, the world would be a much sadder place.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An absolute MUST read!! Tissues at the ready!! 8 février 2012
Par Mandy Pops - Publié sur
A completely heartbreaking, heartwarming true story. When you realise that this isn't that long ago either! Although you cannot say everyone walks off into the sunset and lives happily ever after this is a MUST read book! Realise your own problems in life pale into insignificance and that we could all be a little more like Casey in our day to day humdrum lives. Then go and gives your kids a cuddle and be thankful for your own disorganised, but happy life!!!

As much as you want to read more of Casey's books, you also don't! More books means more children have suffered!!!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Very, very good. 7 avril 2012
Par Marj - Publié sur
Casey and Mike Watson train to be foster parents for particularly difficult children. They were trained, but nothing could prepare them for the reality of Justin - not for his outbreaks of fury and destructive behaviour, and not for the pain as details of his past become known. This story will break your heart in places, and yet it is also a story of a family, a warm, wonderful, caring family.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Those interested in these stories it is a good read and wonderful insights 12 août 2013
Par Sue - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
After reading this book, I believe it would be a great book for those interested in human behavoir to read. I was enlightened and the book provided an insight to these kids that are damaged at such a young age and how much they cannot change their behavoirs, or shall I say how much they can change. You did want to put your arms around the young man many times while reading the book. I thought the book got to be alittle legnthy and then at other things I wanted to know more about the situation and how it was resolved and that wasn't provided. But for me,,I read it to the end. That says something ...
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