Meet Valery Belen Saavedra Lozada, who stole the hearts of the people of New York City at 4 years old when she was found wandering the streets of Queens alone, crying, and barefoot. She was taken into the custody of Little Flower, a contracted foster care agency with New York City's Administration for Children's Services (ACS). After it was tragically discovered that Valery's mother had been murdered, Valery was put into kinship care with her maternal grandmother in Bolivia, and has been living there ever since. Now Valery is 18, and seeking to return to the United States to pursue her education. Together, we can ensure that this resilient young woman has the resources she needs to enroll and succeed in college, and return to the city she considers home. Please consider donating today.
To learn more about Valery, please watch NBC4 New York's coverage of the story here.
We are also accepting donations for Valery in loving memory of Sharman Stein, the former Director of Communications at ACS, who passed away last year. Sharman played a pivotal role in Valery’s rescue fourteen years ago, and Sharman’s husband Stuart has shared that “nothing would have made Sharman happier than to learn of Valery’s present life and future prospects.”
To honor Sharman’s legacy as a steadfast advocate for NYC’s most vulnerable youth, please consider making a donation in her memory today.