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Young Woman Navigates Adulthood with Guidance from Supportive Adult

January 12, 2017

Impact Stories

Benita Miller signed a lifelong commitment to twenty-year old Jasmine through the HSVS Permanency Pact Program, which ensures that young people who have grown up in foster care do not have to navigate the challenges of young adulthood alone. “No matter what it is about, Jasmine knows that I’m there for her,” Benita said. During the time they’ve been paired together, Benita has extended both her family and professional resources to Jasmine. “Jasmine can spend time with my children or tell me about an exam at school. It’s a combination of being a foster parent, as well as a big sister.” Benita Miller, Executive Director of New York City’s Children’s Cabinet and former Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) Deputy Commissioner, has a deep knowledge of what children experiencing foster care need to thrive. “Many older children are not necessarily looking for an adoptive family, but rather a positive, consistent adult,” explained Miller. Growing up is complex and Jasmine realizes guidance is essential. “With Benita’s support, I’m planning my future and finding myself,” she said.