Lauren Millen

Inspirational young woman: Lauren Millen

Lauren is 18 and the birth child of a full-time foster carer, her family began fostering when she was 14 years old and have offered placements to newborn babies to children up to the age of nine spanning a couple of days up to 12 months.

Lauren takes up the story: "When my mum and dad first decided to foster I really didn't like it, jealousy kicked in and I didn't want to share my parents with anyone but my younger sister Ellie-May.

"As I grew up and we welcomed more and more children into our home, I began to realise just what an amazing thing my mum and dad were doing, seeing how they were helping those less fortunate than I - one of the most unselfish acts anyone could do. It made me feel silly at how I had initially reacted and made me want to help others too.

"I became one of the founding members of a group called Fostering Voices, where all children who are in fostering families meet to help the service to be more children friendly and to have a good time.

"The group now has 15 members aged 11 - 18 all at different stages of the fostering process. We organise 'time out' for our members with activity days and fundraising events or simply meeting up for a chat - it's like an extended family." In my new job I now have lead in organising the group.

In June 2014, Lauren was taken on by Doncaster Children's Services Trust as a modern apprentice in the fostering team. As part of her role Lauren undertakes statutory checks on all potential foster carers including CRB checks and processing medical forms as well as recently helping the fostering team put together a fostering leaflet.

Her most recent achievement is completing her independent visitor training which will see her act as an independent visitor, mentoring and supporting looked after children.

Lauren concludes: "Working for The Trust is great, not only am I helping fostered and looked after children but I am getting on the job experience in a field I want to look at as a career."

 

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