Mummy's Little Helper: The heartrending true story of a young girl secretly caring for her severely…

Paperback | September 17, 2013

byCasey Watson

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The fifth book from bestselling author and specialist foster carer Casey Watson.A recent census shows that there are at least 175,000 child carers in the UK, 13,000 of whom care for more than 50 hours a week. Many remain invisible to a system that would otherwise help them. Abigail is one of those children. This is her story.Ten-year-old Abigail has never known her father. Her mother, Sarah, has multiple sclerosis, and Abigail has been her carer since she was a toddler - shopping, cooking, cleaning and attending to her personal needs. When Sarah is rushed to hospital, suddenly this comes to the attention of the social services, and Abigail has nowhere to go.Though she doesn't fit the usual profile of a child that specialist foster carers Casey and Mike Watson would take on, they are happy to step in and look after Abigail. It's an emergency, after all - and all that's needed is a loving temporary home, while social services look into how to support the family so that they can be reunited.But it soon becomes clear that this isn't going to happen. Sarah's MS is now at a very advanced stage, and the doctors are certain that there will no longer be periods of remission. Abigail's emotional state starts to spiral out of control as she struggles to let go of the burden of responsibilities she has carried for so long.Sarah and Abigail insist that they do not need help, but with no other family to contact, social services are left with no choice but to find long-term care for Abigail, against their wishes. But Casey never gives up on a child in need, and she knows there must be another solution.

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The fifth book from bestselling author and specialist foster carer Casey Watson.A recent census shows that there are at least 175,000 child carers in the UK, 13,000 of whom care for more than 50 hours a week. Many remain invisible to a system that would otherwise help them. Abigail is one of those children. This is her story.Ten-year-o...

Casey Watson is a specialist foster carer. She has been working in this field for eight years after giving up her position as a behaviour manager for a local school. During this time she has welcomed 14 difficult to place children into her home.As a specialist foster carer she works with profoundly damaged children, seeing each child t...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pagesPublished:September 17, 2013Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mummy's little helper Emotional and inspiring great read. Found this book hard to leave so felt like I was there living this story. Especially the trips to hospital
Date published: 2015-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely book I love all of Casey's stories but this one made me feel like I was there watching Abby with her compulsions. I smiled and cried a little.
Date published: 2015-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome This is Inspiration
Date published: 2014-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mummy's little helper Love all of Casey Watson's book!!!
Date published: 2014-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mommy's little helper. 'Casey Watson Awesome book, gives a great look at the basic reality of one's ability to cope and compensate. This little girl was and is a true little angel :-)
Date published: 2014-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mummy's little helper Once again a fabulous story and a happy ending
Date published: 2013-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mummy's little helper Amazing author. Loved every book she has written. Casey does fostering for severe cases. She tells how herself, family and of the course the child. Go through each phase. All true stories. I can't ever put her book down once I have started.
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book Unable to put down
Date published: 2013-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What a story. The little girl seems cut out to have her own cleaning business or an event organiser. Hope her OCD is cured now.
Date published: 2013-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mummys little helper Brilliant! Couldnt put it down!
Date published: 2013-03-17