‘You are my hope’: Rep. Brenda Lawrence's words inspire Indy woman to change her life
For years, Tia Goodman hid her past from those around her. The Indianapolis resident didn't talk about the neglect she suffered as a toddler or her years in foster care in Michigan. She didn't reference the repeated sexual abuse at the hands of a relative, the adoptions, the hospitalizations or how it felt to be homeless. There are thousands of other youth like Goodman throughout the country — those who suffered at the hands of adults entrusted with their care. The outcomes for that vulnerable population can be dismal. Very few ever graduate college. Some find themselves homeless. Others succumb to substance abuse or crime. Four words from U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence, D-Michigan, sparked Goodman’s desire to do more. “You are my hope,” said Lawrence, who is co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth.