This is a book about a character who is part of one of the most marginalised and misunderstood populations in society – and it perpetuates a number of harmful myths.
As a society we have paradoxical attitudes towards children generally, and children in care in particular. On one hand we know they need love if they are to grow into healthy, happy adults – of course we do – but on the other we’ve become more and more suspicious about the motives of the unrelated adults around them.
In the effort to recruit more adoptive parents and foster carers, it’s important to emphasise the rewards as well as the challenges.
It’s not going into care that hinders a child’s life choices – it’s the earlier experiences that necessitate them being removed from home.