Tanya Cooper’s life in foster care began at five due to her birth mother’s battle with addiction and neglect and would eventually end with her being separated from all but one of her siblings! Aging out of the foster care system at 18 with no family and place to go, Tanya signed herself back in until age 21!
While in care she survived being abused by two foster brothers.
She has over 12 years of experience working with youth as a clinician, and over 20 years as a youth counselor and teacher throughout various communities.
Graduating from New York University, with a B.A.S in Culture & Communications, she also received her CASAC-T through The National Council of Alcohol & Drug Dependence in White Plains, NY, where sat on the committee for five years.
Her book, “Surviving Foster Care & Making It Work For You“, is a self-help book giving foster kids tips on getting through the system.
“My goal is to change the attitude & face of kids in foster care, one kid at a time and teach them to go back and help others in care!”
Tanya is the Executive Director at FosterKidsUnite, Inc. which provides nontraditional services for aged out and foster youth in college or trade school, created to honor the memory of her birth brother who died at 41 of heart disease.
As featured local hero of the month in The Journal news
You can also read Tanya’s Blogspot of encouragement
Videos on You Tube for foster youth just entering care:
Tanya has received two proclamations and certificate of recognition from:
Mayor Michael Cindrich, Mount Kisco, NY
Sen. Greg Ball of (NY 19th District)
Sen. Terrance P. Murphy (NY 40th District)
Ml. Lyndon D. Williams (NY 13th District)
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I am from Women’s Civic Club of Katonah; we were in touch last year.
Are any of your young adults graduating from Fox Lane or John Jay High Schools 2021?
I ask because we give scholarships.
Also, the Christmas Boxes: during covid, are you taking donations and of what?
My home: 9142325715
My address: 42 Indian Hill. Rd Katonah NY 10536
My email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I also receive mail at Women’s Civic Club of Katonah.
Looking forward to hearing from you,
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I left you a message, yes we are taking any new items only for donations for the giftbags this year; toiletries, school supplies; pens, folder, paper, sticky notes, giftcards for amazon, Starbucks Dunkin donuts, target cvs and any that college kids can use. anywhere. You can reach us at 914-646-4638 or email@example.com
thank you for thinking of us!! The Mount Kisco Library is also a drop off spot and we can pickup