A national trainer, speaker and consultant, Lauren’s 35 years of child welfare experience includes frontline and supervisory practice implementation, strategic program design, practice model and curriculum development, building collaborative teams and engaging youth and families in decision-making. As the Director of Permanency Practice Leadership at Plummer, Lauren leads a team of experienced staff and consultants in helping public and private child welfare organizations design and implement practice and supervisory strategies designed to make sure young people do not age out of foster care with no permanent family.
Most recently Lauren managed a team of child welfare consultants at 3P Consulting LLC, helping states and jurisdictions across the country implement, support and supervise permanency best practices. From 2003-2013, she was the Project Director for Permanency Services at Casey Family Services, the former direct service arm of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. In that role, she was a key leader in developing the Lifelong Families practice model for achieving permanency for high-need young people at risk of aging out of foster care. Prior to that, for more than 20 years, Lauren managed, supervised and delivered frontline child welfare practice for MA DCF contracted providers as the Executive Director of Massachusetts Families for Kids and Program Manager for Special Adoption Family Services in Boston.
Lauren is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Gordon College and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Connecticut.
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