Casey Watson is a foster carer. She had been caring for several foster children over the years, when she and her husband get handed a new challenge. Caring for a teenage mother, Emma and her three week-old baby, Roman. Casey and Mike took it up, and it took them on an unforgettable journey of emotions and experiences.
Fourteen year old Emma is just a child herself, and is in the position of having to look after her baby and look after him well enough to convince social services that she is capable of looking after her baby. Emma’s own mother is an alcoholic and Emma has been in and out of care throughout her life. Emma’s mother threw her out of the house when she got to know that Emma was pregnant. Emma, at fourteen, a mother already stood the chance of repeating her mum’s mistakes. Now her baby, Roman stands the chance of having the same life ahead of him. Unless, Casey and Mike can help foster Emma and Roman and help them forge a better future for themselves.
Emma is not anything like Casey expected, but Casey and her family grow a strong bond with Emma and Roman. Initially things seem alright, although soon, Emma starts getting irresponsible leaving Casey and Mike to pick up after her. Soon it reaches a point where social services have to take the decision of whether or not to send Roman to foster care.
It is a heart-wrenching true tale of lives that are derailed by the choices that people make. It was a heart-wrenching read. But still an interesting one. A book that gave me an insight to why some people make the choices they do. I cannot imagine how tough it must be for a teenage mum with no support to bring up her child. I mean, even as adults, it can be a tough thing. And here are children, bringing up their children… It also gave me an insight into the world of foster caring. How very tough it is as well as how rewarding it could be.
I would rate it a 4/5. But it’s not a pleasant read, although in this case things did work out for Emma(and her children).
About the Author
Casey Watson is a foster carer and author of several books.
This book is available from Amazon(UK).