Laura was told she was being taken into foster care by a social worker after her Mum was unable to look after her. Laura’s social worker took her out for dinner to give her information on the foster family she was about to meet. Laura explained “this was a really frightening time for me. Not only was I unable to return back home but I was about to meet a new family that I was going to live with whom I had never met before. I knew my foster carers had a son aged nineteen and a thirteen-year-old daughter so I was really worried that they were all going to hate me”.
That evening Laura met her new foster family, who were all as nervous as she was, and although it did taker her a few weeks to settle in she couldn’t have asked for a better family and place she now calls home. Laura especially connected with her foster carers’ daughter, Ella, who helped her settle in straight away as she was happier knowing that they had a lot in common. Laura said “we were actually at the stage of calling each other sisters after a few weeks”. Both share the same interests in music, YouTubers and clothes and before long Ella had introduced Laura to her friends so they now spend a lot of time together. Laura also connected well with Dawn, her foster carer, who she describes as “very kind and always there to listen”.
When Laura first came to stay she hadn’t being going to school, had no routine with sleeping or eating and wasn’t used to living in a “normal” family environment. However after being given stability, routine and support from her new foster family she settled in quickly and is now back at school. Laura believes she has also helped Ella realise how lucky she is to come from such a stable home and together their journeys have brought them closer.