Project PA Exclusive: Former Foster Kids Develop Action Plan to Tackle Permanency Issue

Brian Sheehan, CBS 21 •

"Listen to the youth. Because they have so much to say, but they're given a chance to say so little,” former foster child Anthony Simpson said.

Simpson and Aiyana Gomez are part of a group called Youth Fostering Change. They’re asking those in charge of Pennsylvania's foster children to hear them.

"If you do talk to us, you'll find out so much of us have a lot to say. So much of us have been through a lot and we're not mad at y'all. We just want you to listen,” Gomez said.

About the Expert

Hopkins facilitates Juvenile Law Center’s Youth Advocacy Program: Youth Fostering Change, Juveniles for Justice, and the Youth Speakers Bureau. She also works closely with our attorneys on various policy-focused projects related to foster youth and transition-aged youth.

As Youth Advocacy Program Manager, Moffa manages, coordinates, and facilitates the office's youth advocacy programs: Youth Fostering Change, Juveniles for Justice, and the Youth Speakers Bureau. Additionally, Cathy supervises the yearly social work intern.