“Please Don’t Take My Baby” is Thought Provoking

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Take a pregnant teen, a reluctant foster carer who usually only takes young children, and add in the difficulties of alcohol abuse and you can prepare yourself for a pretty grim outcome. Cathy Glass, however, in her telling of her experience with a 17 year-old, unwed mother manages to capture your heart. Told from her perspective as a foster care giver in England, Cathy manages to keep you guessing as to the outcome of this story until the final pages. It’s a riveting account of both the young mother’s journey and Cathy’s own journey as she tries to prepare this young woman for motherhood and teach her appropriate mothering skills while not taking over the parenting process herself.
As a US reader familiar with our own foster care system, it was interesting to see the difference in the UK policies regarding possibly unfit parents. As the mother of a child adopted through the state, it was interesting to see how my child’s life might have been affected differently under a different set of policies. If you’re the least bit affected or interested in the statistics of teen pregnancy or you just love a good human interest story, you will enjoy “Please Don’t Take My Baby.” It provides an interesting look into the story of one young woman and the mentor who tried to show her the way. “Please Don’t Take My Baby” is scheduled for US release on October 22, 2013.
This book was provided to me by Harper Collins for this review. The opinions, however, are entirely my own!

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