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15th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect
ACYF Commissioner's Award Book
Roland L. Benjamin
Virgin Islands Behavioral Services
Roland L. Benjamin, a licensed social worker for forty years, describes his experiences with at-risk youth and families in the Virgin Islands and New York as rich and rewarding work. Currently, he serves as the Executive Director of the Virgin Islands Behavioral Services, assuming responsibility for the implementation of policies and procedures and the oversight of day-to-day operations of agency programs and activities. Previously, when Executive Director of the Virgin Islands Commission on Youth from 1971 to 1988, he planned, developed, and implemented an after-school and summer youth employment program.
As a frontline worker and supervisor, he provided direct and quality services to abused and neglected children, as well as to their families. In his current position as Director of Behavioral Services, he emphasizes the need for social service providers, parents, and caregivers to work collectively to protect abused and neglected children and to assure that the services provided respond to their needs.