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Lights Go Blue on May 1st to Raise Awareness for Children in Foster Care

Who:   Advocates and families kick-off National Foster Care Awareness Month

–          The Honorable Lisa Bloch Rodwin with Erie County Family Court

–          Amanda Darling, Regional Director of Child Welfare Services with the New York State Office of Children and Family Services

–          The Fantaske/Flaherty Family, foster and adoptive parents

–          Michelle Federowicz Cope, Vice President of Foster Care and Residential    Services for Gateway Longview.

–          Speakers will begin at 7:30pm and are expected to conclude by 8:00pm.

Interviews will be coordinated with guest speakers upon request.

What: City lights go blue at dusk to raise awareness for the importance that foster care plays in the lives of children throughout our community.

Where:  Broderick Park, 1170 Niagara Street, Buffalo, in front of the Peace Bridge

Other Buffalo landmarks turning blue include the Peace Bridge, Buffalo City Hall, Electric Tower, and Larkin Building

When:  Tuesday, May 1, 2018 – speaking will begin at 7:30p.m.

Why:   Each day, nearly 1,000 children in Erie County alone are part of the foster care system. To kick off National Foster Care Awareness Month, Gateway Longview’s Foster Care and Adoption Services will host a small community event where child welfare advocates and families will give a stronger voice to children enrolled in the foster care system.


Gateway Longview cares for over 3,600 children and families annually from across Western New York through behavioral health and community-based services, residential treatment and special education programs. As a not-for-profit agency, Gateway Longview is committed to working together to protect, to give hope, and to enrich the lives of every child and family served. For more information about Gateway Longview, please visit Gateway-Longview.org.

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