“I Forgive, But I Can’t Forget”

This week’s episode features, Tanya Cooper, Executive Director at Foster Kids Unite Inc.

Tanya’s life in foster care began at five years old due to her birth mother’s 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 the age 21! While in care she survived being abused by two foster brothers.

In this episode, Tanya discusses how she has been able to forgive her abusers, but not forget what took place.

Being a fighter, and working against all odds, she was able to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology for two years and would eventually find herself then being sent off to Paris to model.

Her mission in life is to change the lives of children by teaching youth to, "Take charge of their lives, you are your only hero!”

She has over 14 years of experience working with youth as a clinician, and over 22 years as a youth counselor and teacher throughout various communities.

She believes you should never stop learning and you should always be in charge of your own destiny!


  • On Loneliness: Does it ever go away?

  • On Abuse: Speak up on behalf of others if you have a chance

  • On Life: “If you are breathing, you’re meant to be here”

  • On Traumatic Experiences: “I forgive, but I can’t forget”