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Benita R. Miller

NYC Administration for Children's Services
Deputy Commissioner, Family Permanency Services
New York, NY, USA

Benita Miller is the Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Family Permanency Services (FPS) at the Administration for Children's Services (ACS). 

As Deputy Commissioner, Benita leads ACS' initiatives and operations related to ensuring the safety, well-being, and permanency of all children receiving foster care services delivered by our network of provider agencies. She develops and executes programs and policies to advance the permanency priorities and strategies outlined in our 2011-2013 Strategic Plan.

Benita has dedicated her career to s trengthening and supporting young people and families. She is the Founder and served for a decade as the Executive Director of the Brooklyn Young Mothers' Collective, where she led the development and implementation of programs to meet the needs of pregnant and parenting adolescents. One of the organization's main objectives is to provide comprehensive services to teen parents so that they are connected to education and vocational opportunities, helping to break the cycle of generational poverty.  Before joining ACS, Benita served as Director of Scholarships at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, where among other responsibilities, she implemented programs for undergraduate and law student scholars. Benita previously represented children and young people in child protective, delinquency, and PINS proceedings in Brooklyn Family Court as a staff lawyer with the Legal Aid Society.


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