Lauren Prekop, MSW — Community Engagement Manager
Lauren joined the Foundation in 2014. Lauren has a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication and a Master of Social Work from the University of Central Florida. Lauren completed the Children’s Services track while in her master’s degree program. After 2 years of serving as the Program and Volunteer Manager, Lauren became the Community Engagement Manager, a perfect fit for her love of people and her passion for serving foster kids.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Lauren worked in the child welfare system for over five years, both directly with foster children and their families via family case management and later as a lead adoption specialist. Lauren was able to help reunify many children with their families, as well as find forever families for other children for which reunification was not possible. Lauren received the Innovation Award, Star Award, and Star of the Quarter Award. These awards were given due to her diligent advocacy and persistence to obtain resources for the children and families she served. While working in child welfare, Lauren also wrote several stories of hope, several which received recognition by executive leadership and were published within agency communications.
Lauren also previously worked abroad as a social worker in child protection in the United Kingdom. She met the standards to become a Qualified Social Worker and was registered under the General Social Care Council.
Lauren is a native of Florida who enjoys spending time with her son, Noah, doing outdoor activities, visiting theme parks, and traveling.