"We would first like to thank everyone for the love and support you have shown to us and our entire family, both now and just after Jonathan's passing," the Careys wrote in their foundation brochure. "We also want to thank you for caring for other vulnerable children in need of extra care, love and protection. With your help we can bring many necessary changes and do what is right to help them."
As a parent, Carey said, he has been lobbying for several things in the legislature, including a maximum 60-hour work week for care workers; having surveillance cameras installed in vans and common areas of special needs facilities; and having reported calls of abuse directed to local police departments to investigate.
"We're asking Gov. [David] Paterson to immediately have all calls for abuse to go directly to local law enforcement officers," Carey said.
As for the cameras, Carey added, "Basically we feel surveillance cameras would be a huge deterrent [to offenders]."
Businesses and corporate sponsor are still being sought, as well as individuals interested in helping with this event or at the foundation. Those interested can call 475-9100 or e-mail inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations will also be accepted at the Jonathan Carey Foundation in Delmar.