By Casey Watson
Bestselling writer and foster carer Casey Watson stocks the surprising real tale of Tyler, an abused eleven-year-old who, after stabbing his step-mother, had nowhere else to go.
Knowing a bit of Tyler’s prior – his organic mom, a heroin addict, died of an overdose while he used to be 3 – Casey feels absolute to do her top for him. It isn’t effortless; Tyler regularly lashes out, even attempting to assault Casey herself. research into his past adolescence unearths why: pressured to observe his mom die he was once stumbled on emaciated and traumatised days later, then brought to a father who didn’t wish him and a step-mother who beat him.
With the bad occasions of his earlier now vividly affecting the process his current, Casey and her husband Mike are decided to veer him clear of the violence and medication they worry he'll come to count on.
Heartbreaking and profoundly relocating, Nowhere to head tells the tale of a kid forsaken via his family members yet fought for via his foster carers.
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Good. Well, not in that sense, of course, but good that you’re around. ’ ‘Well, Mike and I were only recently saying …’ ‘No, no. Now. I meant “now” as in are you free right this minute? ’ I explained about Dad. ‘Oh, I’m sorry, Casey – this really isn’t a good time for you, is it? ’ He sounded crestfallen. ‘No, no, John, go on. Tell me. ’ ‘Really, Casey? ’ ‘Really,’ I confirmed, conscious of the new tone in his voice, which, after our many years of association, I had already analysed as the verbal equivalent of him crossing both his fingers and his toes.
There’s also a half-brother. Bit younger. ’ So there was a situation right there, I thought. We exchanged a look. Obviously John had had the same one. Deciding to take on a new child should be a carefully thought out business. As a foster carer, you are opening not just yourself but your family and your home up to a stranger. A diminutive stranger, obviously – not a serial killer, or anything – but still a stranger about whom you start off knowing almost nothing, and what little you do know is often subjective.
I was scared because I had just taken my father into hospital to have major surgery on his bowel. It would be straightforward, they told us, and we should try not to worry, but how can you not in that situation? e. ’ scenarios (all of them negative, obviously) that it had been a real job to try and keep her calm. As it was, I’d left her there with her knitting – she was busy making a cot blanket for her newest great-grandchild – and the promise that I’d be back as soon as Dad was out of theatre, after which, assuming all was well, I’d bring her home.