Lauren moved in with Action for Children foster carers Derrick and Sue at age 11, after being in care for seven years

Action for Children’s foster carers make a real difference to the lives of young people. Lauren, 23, explains how becoming part of Derrick and Sue’s family gave her the foundations she needed to thrive.

“Before I came to live with Derrick and Sue, I had moved around foster homes a few times,” says Lauren. “It was hard to understand why it was the right thing to do, but in hindsight, I wasn’t living with the right foster carers at the time.

“As soon as I arrived at Derrick and Sue’s I felt really comfortable. They took an interest in all my hobbies and really made an effort to make me part of their family.”

A safe and happy environment

“They have always nurtured me. I’m really into gymnastics, which Derrick and Sue noticed so they quickly arranged for me to join a gymnastics club. I was so happy and excited to be doing something that I loved.

“I grew in confidence every time I went and soon became part of the squad that competed locally. Years later, I now teach other eager young people the basics of gymnastics.

If it wasn’t for the love and support that Derrick and Sue provided, I wouldn’t have even thought about doing further education.

“It wasn’t until the age of 13 that I started to get interested in music. Again, Derrick and Sue noticed my passion and arranged for me to take singing lessons. At the age of 14 I performed in front of them for the first time. They were so proud – Sue even cried.”

“My love of music led me to do my music performance degree at university. If it wasn’t for the love and support that Derrick and Sue provided I wouldn’t have even thought about doing further education – from my experience not a lot of foster children go that far.

“I am the woman I am today because of Derrick and Sue. They’re always there for advice, have helped me grow in confidence and become independent. It’s going to be hard work trying to realise my dream, but I know that Derrick and Sue will be there to support me all the way.”

In 2017, Lauren received her BA in Music and Performance and now lives in London and works as an event crewman, helping to set up and break down the stage for all kind of events from theatre to business conferences.

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