A young mum of two, who had her first child during her time in foster care, has completed a short film based on her life to show young people the impact their decisions can have.
Laura Whelam (22) was in a variety of foster care placements throughout her childhood and teens.
But it was during a foster placement in 2007 that she became pregnant with her first child. At first Laura was unsure how she would cope with a child while living with a foster parent.
Using her own experiences, Laura’s film – entitled ‘Decisions, Decisions’ – follows two strands of one woman’s story, highlighting both the positive and negative impacts of the choices she has made. (View film above)
‘Getting pregnant in care is hard because you are not sure where you can go for support,’ explains Laura.
‘I think a lot of young girls end up pregnant when they are in care because having a child gives them stability, a companion, and something to love which they may have not experienced on the outside.
‘But getting pregnant so young is life changing, and my message is not just to highlight the possible consequences of unprotected sex, but to consider all the possible impacts the choices you make may have on your life.’
Laura, who lives in Poole, hopes to take the film to local care homes for young people to encourage them to consider all the options they have in life, so they can make decisions that positively influence their futures.
Her film will also be used by Children’s Services in the Bournemouth and Poole area.
‘Getting pregnant so young does not spell the end of your life,’ she explains, ‘but I hope my film shows young people that you do not always get a second chance at things, and that is why the decisions you make are so important.'