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The first book in a series by foster mum Angela Hart who, along with her husband Jonathan, has fostered over fifty children in the past twenty-seven years.

Table of Contents

  • Section - 1: 'What have we done?'
  • Section - 2: 'I'm not staying long'
  • Section - 3: 'She was always there for me'
  • Section - 4: 'My mum frightened me'
  • Section - 5: 'I had to lie to keep myself'
  • Section - 6: 'STOP! I'M GETTING OUT...!'
  • Section - 7: 'She made me watch'
  • Section - 8: 'Vicky can go to hell!'
  • Section - 9: 'You're the biggest mistake I ever made'
  • Section - 10: 'I don't want to know about Vicky'
  • Section - 11: 'It's too much to take'
  • Section - 12: 'You don't know how much she terrified me'
  • Section - 13: 'When I was living with her I had to be resourceful'
  • Section - 14: 'My head hurt a lot when I was little'
  • Section - 15: 'I don't want to talk about it or think about it or ANYTHING!'
  • Section - 16: 'It was our mum who did this'
  • Section - 17: 'It's not fair! It's torture!'
  • Section - 18: 'I used to live in a scary house'
  • Section - 19: 'Everything is different'
  • Section - i: Epilogue

About the Author

One day an advert in the local paper caught my eye: 'Foster Carers Wanted'. I knew straight away it was something I'd love to do. As a child I had a friend whose family took in foster children, and I had often asked my mother if we could do the same. I was convinced fostering kids would be like caring for flowers: if we provided the right environment, nourished them well and treated them with love and respect, everything would be rosy. We could foster for a few years, and maybe even carry on when we started our own family. Of course, it wasn't like that at all! Each child had a unique set of problems, some incredibly sad, others very shocking. We found ourselves immersed in a care system we knew nothing about, yet soon found impossible to leave. I thrived on the challenge and rewards of being a foster mum, and when I discovered several years on that I was not able to have children of my own, I didn't miss a beat. By then I had trained as a specialist carer for teenagers with complex needs, and I have never looked back, fostering more than 50 children over the past 27 years.


Angela Hart gives a no holds barred insight into the reality of looking after someone else's children. A remarkable story from a remarkable woman, it brought back a lot of memories for me. * Casey Watson, Sunday Times bestselling author *
A moving story that testifies to the redemptive power of love. I hope Angela Hart inspires many others to foster. * Torey Hayden, Sunday Times bestselling author *
A true tear-jerking tale of love and compassion. * Sunday Mirror *

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