- Susan Johnson became a foster mother after her daughter left home
- But she has faced 'a cavalier attitude to her safety' from the care system
- Twice she has had foster 'children' she was incapable of caring for
- One Afghan 'boy' turned out to be chain-smoking man of 26
- Another British 15-year-old emptied her bank account of £1,000
- But she continues to foster, despite her family's objections
Since his arrival 12 days earlier, Farood, an asylum-seeker from Afghanistan, had behaved disgracefully. He constantly reeked of alcohol and treated my house like a hostel rather than a home, coming and going as he pleased.
But it was his physical strength and raw aggression that I found the most frightening.
Im a 60-year-old widow and retired school secretary, only 5ft tall, and I live on my own. This boy on the other hand, was more than 6ft tall, stocky and had a demeanour and physical strength beyond his supposed years.
Where there should have been spots, there was stubble.
Where Id expected a cowed and frightened child in need of love and a good meal, I found the arrogance and, quite frankly, terrifying swagger of a grown man.
Intimidated and frightened, I quickly stopped trying to enforce any house rules. I could almost see the aggression that bubbled off Farood, how could I match his brute physicality?
Even when I found condoms left casually on his bedside table and received a complaint from my neighbour about him leering at her teenage daughter over the garden fence while he smoked endless cigarettes, I felt powerless to act.
But when I tried to raise my concerns with my key worker that Farood wasnt the 16-year-old Id been told he was I was fobbed off.
The foster mum who took in a 'vulnerable' boy of 16 - only to find he was a drunken asylum-seeking thug of 26 | Mail Online