14-year old Zeena told her teacher that she wanted to be placed in foster care because she was being abused at home, and insisted that she is placed with a white carer.
When she arrived at Cathy’s home, Cathy saw a sweet, pretty and scared young girl. Zeena was so vulnerable and afraid that she refused to talk about what had happened and who abused her.
Cathy knew that she had to give Zeena time and space in order to gain her trust so that Zeena would confide in her. When Zeena finally broke down and told Cathy about the abuse she had to endure, the horror was beyond her (and my) imagination.
Cathy Glass (a pseudonym) is a foster carer. When social service sent Beth to her home to stay while her father was in hospital for depression, Cathy thought it was just another foster child who was staying with her temporarily.
But Cathy’s instinct told her there was something not quite right about Beth’s relationship with her father. She couldn’t pin point what it was, but she knew something was off. When Cathy voiced her concern to Beth’s social worker, it was dismissed because there was no evidence that anything inappropriate had happened… until the social worker witnessed the way Beth and her father interacted.