Lauren (they/them) joined the Ampersand Families team in 2021. They earned their bachelor’s degree in Social Work with a minor in Family Studies and certificate in Child Welfare and Policy from University of Northern Iowa in 2016. They earned their master’s degree in Clinical Social work from University of St. Thomas in 2020.
Lauren has prior experience working in therapeutic foster care, psychotherapy, adolescent day treatment, and child protection centers. Lauren is a proud member of the LGBTQ* community and enjoys working with youth who also identify as queer or are questioning their sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or expression to build their self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-love. Lauren is passionate about empowering youth to find their voice, take charge of their lives, and identify and meet their life goals.
The mission of Ampersand Families is to provide permanency and adoption services to older youth and families who face barriers to equity in child welfare, and to champion systemic changes that advance belonging, dignity and hope.