Victor Sims, JM, MBA, CDP®
Senior Associate at Annie E. Casey Foundation and 40 under Forty
victor sims
victor sims
Victor Sims, JM, MBA, CDP®
Senior Associate at Annie E. Casey Foundation and 40 under Forty
"Families can handle it, we've just got to be willing to support them."
2021 Champion
2021 Champion

Victor Sims is a Senior Associate at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which is devoted to making sure that all children and youth in the United States have a bright future.

Victor grew up in Florida’s foster care system without the stability of a permanent home and supportive family for 11 years prior to being adopted. From his work helping to improve children’s experiences when they are removed from their parents to his TEDx Talk on the importance of social capital for youth in care, Mr. Sims is focused on bringing about positive changes to the foster care system.

Victor helped pilot an innovative case-management program for teenagers who were sleeping in offices. Victor reduced the amount of children sleeping in offices by 100% within 4 months by creating partnerships and building capacity for those caring for children in foster care through recruitment of kinship families. Victor helped create a solution for the Arkansas placement process by implementing and executing a monitor and control process that increased placement with relatives by 14%.

Mr. Sims travels throughout Florida and the country speaking to legislators about creating reform for youth in care. He has advocated for a bill of rights for children in foster care as well as worked to ensure that every child has a plan for permanency. In addition to serving on the National Foster Youth and Alumni Policy Council, he has met with legislators in support of the Family First Prevention Services Act.

In June 2019, he was recognized by the American Bar Association as a Reunification Hero. Victor shares his experiences to ensure that children have a chance for reunification and beyond. He was recognized as a 2020 Casey Excellence for Children Award as an Alumni in care. In 2021 Victor was recognized by the Treehouse Foundation as a Re-Envisioning Foster Care in America Champion.

Mr. Sims founded a non-profit organization called Guiding Hope in 2020. The non-profit organization focuses on mentorship and building relationships with children in foster care who identify as LGBTQ by creating safe havens within the system of care where they are recognized for who they are, reducing high-risk behaviors by 82% such as self-harm, sexual activity, substance misuse and truancy.