by Louise Allen
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Pub Date 19 Aug 2021 | Archive Date 8 Mar 2022
Officers from the RSPCA investigate reports of animal cruelty and neglect on a farm, only to discover a 5-year-old boy curled up asleep in a dog bed, amidst filth and squalor.
He has severe physical and cognitive impairments, and no one outside the family seems to know of the existence of little Jacob.
When he arrives in the Allen household, a terrified Louise wonders how on earth she will cope looking after a child with his level of physical and emotional damage. With the support of veteran social worker, Mary, the fight begins to get Jacob the support he needs – as medical investigations begin to reveal more shocking details about Jacob’s story.
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Jacob's Story by Louise Allen
A hearbreaking story of children that are found living in extremely horrendous conditions , and not being cared for in the way you'd expect for every child . Whilst parts of ' Jacobs ' story may be an amalgamation of other foster children stories, it doesn't take away the care & love and time spent on them by kind , loving foster parents.
It is not a book you can say you have enjoyed due to the suffering of children , but it is a book that gives you an insight to the happenings of what fostering can all be about.
Foster parents - I take my hat off to you.
This is another book from Louise Allen telling the story of one of the many foster children that have passed through her doors.
Like many of the children that Louise and her husband foster, Jacob’s start in life is traumatic. A story that reads like it’s from the 1950s not recent years. However with the right support from dedicated social workers and a specialist foster carer, he goes on to thrive.
Thank you Louise and your family for everything you do to support children like Jacob – I just wish there were more Mary’s out there!
My first book by this author and I found it to be a heartbreaking story of how some children live in such squalor and neglect and sometimes social services don't always intervene.Unfortunately this still happens in this day and age which is truly upsetting. Although I can't say I enjoyed the book because of the suffering of a child but it was very well written and quite emotional in places. I would definitely recommend this book.
This is the first one of louises books I have read and I will now be reading the previous ones. Jacobs story is an absolutely heartbreaking story, highlighting the injustices of the social care system and the poor conditions that too many children are born into. Very well written and definitely worth reading
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