Meet Valery Belen Saavedra Lozada, who at four years old stole the hearts of the people of New York City when she was found in 2005 wandering the streets of Queens at 1am alone, barefoot, and crying. She was immediately taken into the custody of Little Flower, a contracted foster care agency with New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), when no guardian could be located. Later, after it was tragically discovered that Valery’s mother had been murdered by her boyfriend, Valery was placed with some relatives in the US. After a custody battle, it was eventually decided that Valery would reside with her maternal grandmother in Bolivia, where she has been living ever since.

 Fourteen years later, Valery is now 18, and is seeking to return to New York City – the place she considers her home. New Yorkers For Children exists to support youth from NYC’s foster care system on their journey to college, career, and beyond. Therefore, on Friday, July 12th, NYFC launched The Valery Fund to help ensure that this resilient young woman has the resources she needs to enroll and succeed in college. Since launching the page on Friday afternoon, we have raised nearly $1,500. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this special campaign! 

You too can be a part of Valery’s success story. 
To donate to THE VALERY FUND today, click HERE.

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