Osborne's Buffalo Team Announces Launch of Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents Project

25 February 2021

On Thursday, February 25, Osborne's Buffalo team hosted a news conference to announce a partnership with the Buffalo Police Department to implement the Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents Project. This first-of-its-kind, community-focused project will develop and enact child-sensitive policing policy, protocols, and training to minimize the potential trauma for children from parental arrest and other police enforcement activities. A new consortium of WNY Youth-Serving agencies is advising the project and working to provide trauma-informed follow-up services to children and families.

Osborne President and CEO Elizabeth Gaynes said, "Osborne thanks the Buffalo Police Department for partnering with us to support the wellbeing of children of arrested parents. Low-income communities and communities of color in Western NY bear the disproportionate impact of the overlapping crises of COVID-19, poor long-term health outcomes, and arrest practices that can harm children and families. We are grateful to AT&T and the WNY COVID-19 Community Response Fund for recognizing the possibility of this project to support children and families and strengthen this vibrant community.”

Buffalo radio station WBEN covered the press conference. Hear and read the story here.  

Read the press release here: http://bit.ly/safeguarding_kids


Denise O'Donnell, Senior Advisor of the Osborne Association



Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown