"Nobody's Child" Cassie is an eleven year old girl who has been in a children's home since she was four years old. Very bright, Cassie excels in most subjects and can play Brahms and Mozart on the piano at the age of only six. Because of her age nobody wants to adopt her. Mrs Cummings the manager of Auton House is a wicked woman who treats Cassie and the rest in her charge badly and beats her with regularity. One day she is sent to clean out the toilet and bathroom and Mrs Cummings comes along to inspect them. Running a white glove over everything and looking for dirt. When she doesn't find any she then reaches up on the door - Cassie is only three feet six inches tall and was unable to reach up to the top of the door and Mrs Cummings sets about her with a cane. She beats her so badly that Cassie runs at her forcing her back where she hits her head on a wash basin. Cassie in her panic rushes out and runs away.- It is there that she meets Don a ex docker who takes pity on the girl - rea


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“Thanks’ Don, see you later,’ said the postman and Don let out a huge sigh of relief when he got out of sight.’

“If it had been the police Don would have had palpitations.’ It was no good he knew that he had to do something so he put on his coat and headed into Wallsend on his bike.

He went to the Citizens Advice Bureau on Hugh Street which was part of St Luke’s Church house. There was an intercom on the wall and he pressed the button.

A voice answered and Don told her that he was seeking legal advice after giving his name. Don locked up his bike then went inside after the door was opened automatically. He was met by a young attractive looking lady who introduced herself as Mrs Valerie Wallace.

“If you come through to one of our rooms Mr Delap we can take some details.’

The room was no bigger than that of a prison cell with magnolia paint on the walls but where some of the clients had used a key to scratch their names on. Even the old yellow painted door was covered in graffiti.

“How can I help you Mr Delap?

“Well I’d like to know how I would go about adopting a child.’

“Is the child a relative?’

“No, she’s eleven years old and has been living in care since she was four years old.’

“I see.’ Are you a married man Mr Delap as it is easier to adopt as a married couple?’

“No I’m single.’

“Do you have a full time job?’

“Yes, I work in the Gala Bingo Hall.’

“How long have you been in their employ?’

“Coming up to two years now; I was a stevedore in the ship yards before that and I was made redundant after the yard closed. I had to find alternative work.’

“Given that you are a single man Mr Delap it is going to be difficult for you to adopt a child.’

“Can I ask you if you have ever been convicted of any crime?’

“No never.’

“Well that helps; may I ask why is it that you want to adopt an older child?’

“Because this child has been abused in the past and needs a stable environment.’

“Which home was she living at?’

“Auton house in Newcastle.’

“Mrs Wallace looked at Don then asked him where the child was now?’

“Is this confidential Mrs Wallace?’

“Yes, it is; anything that you tell us is treated with the strictest confidence.’

“The girl has been living at my house for the last four days.’

“She ran away from the home and I took her in.’

“Wow, you are in trouble aren’t you?’

 My advice to you is this Mr Delap.’

“You must report this immediately but you have to stress that the home where she came from was not suitable and that she has been abused. Then you can make out an application form which I will give you to legally adopt the child.’

“You will need legal representation so I advise you get Harry Harrison from Brennan’s over the road. He deals with these sorts of cases. I can ring him now for you if you like and get you an appointment?’

Yes, thank you.’

“Hold on a moment until I make a call.’


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