In this book, Casey and her husband welcome in 8-year-old Spencer. Spencer is an emotionally disturbed young child with extreme behavioral problems. He steals, lies, runs away, and physically injures animals and other children. They start to wonder if they can really make a difference for this young child. However, Casey and her husband meet Spencer's parents and start to discover the truth behind Spencer's behaviors. And, it's definitely an unexpected twist.
"Too Hurt to Stay" is a realistic portrayal of foster care, whether it's in the UK or North America. Casey struggles with the system, social workers, neighbors, and her own emotions as she tries to help Spencer with his behavior. As a foster parent, I can relate to Casey's emotional response to many of Spencer's behaviors. Even though there are times that she is ready to give up, she never does. And this is what foster care is all about - never giving up on the child, even when it initially appears hopeless.