Foster carer Maggie Hartley is pushed to her limits with one of her toughest placements yet: Leanne, a violent little girl that no one else wants. Can Maggie succeed where so many others have failed? A new short story from foster carer Maggie Hartley.
Eleven-year-old Leanne is out of control. Since being taken into care at the age of three, she has had over forty placements, each carer less able to cope with her anger and destruction than the last.
Late one night, foster carer Maggie Hartley receives a terrified call from Leanne's current placement, who has barricaded herself in her bathroom to protect herself from Leanne's rage. With the police on standby, Maggie manages to diffuse the situation but Leanne is left without a home once more.
Maggie is Leanne's only hope. But this is her last chance. If this placement fails, she will have to be put in a secure unit.
Then Leanne threatens Maggie with a knife and makes accusations against her that have to be investigated by Maggie's superiors. Where most others would simply walk away, Maggie refuses to give up on the little girl who's never known love.
Can Maggie get through to Leanne and begin to help her heal? Will the girl no one wanted find her forever home?
Maggie Hartley has fostered more than 300 children while being a foster carer for over twenty years. Taking on the children other carers often can't cope with, Maggie helps children that are deemed 'unadoptable' because of their behaviour or the extreme trauma that they've been through. She's looked after refugees, supported children through sexual abuse and violence court cases, cared for teenagers on remand and taught young mums how to parent their newborn babies.