Project PA: Experts Discuss Importance of Permanency Toolkit

Brian Sheehan, CBS21 •

Professionals we spoke with tell us this concerns them, because those numbers haven’t improved in decades. When it comes to permanency in foster care, Cathy Moffa and Marcia Hopkins with Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia say we're missing the mark nationwide.

"I think for me as a professional, I'm getting tired of hearing the same statistics over and over,” Hopkins said.

"There are tools in place that can help this process, they just don't seem to be utilized. So, the planning should start as soon as a young person enters into care. They're supposed to be talked to about what would work for them, but they're not,” Moffa 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.