Nobody's Son

Nobody's Son

All Alex Ever Wanted Was A Family of His Own

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Born in a prison and removed from his drug-dependent mother, rejection is all that 7-year-old Alex knows.

When Cathy is asked to foster little Alex, aged 7, her immediate reaction is: Why can't he stay with his present carers for the last month? He's already had many moves since coming into care as a toddler and he'll only be with her a short while before he goes to live with his permanent adoptive family. But the present carers are expecting a baby and the foster mother isn't coping, so Alex goes to live with Cathy.

He settles easily and is very much looking forward to having a forever family of his own. The introductions and move to his adoptive family go well. But Alex is only with them for a week when problems begin. What happens next is both shocking and upsetting, and calls into question the whole adoption process.

Publisher: London :, HarperElement,, 2017.
ISBN: 9780008214357
0008214352
Characteristics: 312 pages ; 20 cm

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Jul 12, 2017

There are many flaws in the Social System: human error, the need to provide an adoption to a child who has already experienced rejection and ultimate disappointment. I knew of two brothers who ended up in Social Services. When I met them as a Driver, I was immediately drawn to them - perhaps difficult at times but loving little boys -- 4 and 6. I was told not to drive along a certain road because they were returned to Care by the 'parents' who had adopted them. Is the goal to give these children lasting love overtaken by the need to reduce costs to the system, and therefore, neglect to give attention to the child. An excellent book by a Carer who is much more than that!

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