The balancing act of being Benita
Balancing a job, family and extras is hard for everyone but one of Albany's law enforcement leaders has it down to science.
FOX 31 captured the story of Benita Childs and what it's like being Benita.
In the history of the Albany Police Department there've only been four female captains, but possibly none with a story as unique as Benita Childs'.
"There are different hats you wear and collectively those things build up who you are," said Childs.
In her day to day life, she's constantly switching those hats.
"When I need to rise to another level and that voice changes and I put on that gun and I'm helping to chase or make something happen, it's like whoa, where did she come from," explained Captain Childs.
Childs takes pride in her work. It's something that her superiors respect about her most.
"Childs is hands on and she doesn't accept that will do," said APD Deputy Chief Nathaniel Clark, "She not only gives 110 percent of herself but she requires those in her command to give 110 percent of themselves."
Although she is a woman who carries a high ranking position on the Albany Police force, Childs makes no apology for how she was born.
"In some circles men may not be used to taking directives from women but I don't deal with that. The good Lord made me a female, he makes no mistakes," said the law enforcement leader.
It's this attitude that Childs carries in all the roles she plays.
"I'm a very involved parent. I think that is the best thing that has happened to me in my 45 years is being a mother," stated Childs, "That motivates me, believe it or not, to do even better on my job because as I'm protecting the public, I'm protecting my own family."
Childs is a single mother of three. She's currently supporting her eldest daughter through college.
"Even though my mom works and has a very hectic schedule, she would make sure that we got into the things that we like to do as far as me singing and my brother with poetry and sports," said Justice Childs, the 18-year-old daughter of Benita.
Extracurricular activities are used as a tool to channel her son's energy into a positive form.
"My son he has Attention Deficit Disorder but he does very well with that because you know a lot of brilliant people have ADD. I think I probably had it. Some other folks had it but they didn't have medication then," said Benita Childs.
With every obstacle Benita is given, she turns the challenge into an inspiration. This is the case with her 4-year-old daughter Faith.
"She has Down syndrome. She does very well with it because that's her normal. Momma had to learn about it," Benita explained.
Educating herself about her daughter's condition wasn't a problem. Childs has two college degrees and is currently working on a second masters in criminal justice. She's made it a priority to provide comfort and a secure future for Faith, her special needs child.
"That's my challenge to make sure that the world affords her everything that a beautiful young girl should have despite her disability," said Benita about her baby girl, "I wouldn't change her for anything now. She has a beautiful personality. If you've ever been around downs children they're very loving."
In between family time, a demanding career and college courses, the divorce' manages it all, sometimes juggling several hats all at once.
"I don't have a husband at the moment to say oh can you pick up the children, can you do this can you make sure that dinner's ready. That may be something that the good Lord blesses me with later on down the road but if it doesn't happen we still do what we have to do," said Benita Childs.
It's this spirit of endurance that many take on. When life proposes a struggle, the strong takes it in stride and move on.