Child welfare advocate Ashley Rhodes-Courter, who recounted her experiences as a foster child in her 2008 best-seller, “Three Little Words: A Memoir,” will be the keynote speaker at two events in the Hyatt Regency Buffalo on May 29 for the Mental Health Association of Erie County.

She will address “the forgotten child” at a half-day workshop for mental health professionals and foster care workers in the morning, then speak at the association’s annual dinner, which is open to the public. Her book is being adapted for a film starring Reese Witherspoon.

Fee for the workshop is $20. Tickets for the dinner are $50, with sponsorship packages available. Reservations are needed by May 25. For info and registration, call Kelly Morgan at 886-1242, Ext. 324, or visit