A Call to the State Central Register: Consequences for Poor Families

Presenter: Ysmerlyn Baez, LMSW and Malena Arnaud, LMSW

NASW-NYS Members: $10

NASW Other Chapter Member: $15

Non-Members: $20

This workshop is approved for 1.0 continuing education credit hour(s) for licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, and licensed marriage and family therapists.



Workshop Description

The Center for Family Representation is a legal and social service organization representing parents in child welfare proceedings in Queens and Manhattan. During this presentation, participants will have the opportunity to learn about the consequences of reports to the State Central Register (SCR), the child abuse and maltreatment hotline. Additionally, the presenters will explain what terms like “unfounded” and “indicated” ACS investigations mean, what are some of the long-term implications of each, and how poor communities are most impacted.

Learning Objectives

After the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify what the consequences of an “unfounded” and an “indicated” ACS investigation are.
  • Recognize when and how to advocate for families at each juncture of the investigation process.
  • Identify which populations are most impacted by SCR calls and use this knowledge to help inform other practitioners of this very important issue and how it affects poor families.


This workshop is approved for 1.0 continuing education credit hour(s).

NASW-NYS is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers (Provider ID #0014), licensed mental health counselors (Provider ID #MHC-0053), and licensed marriage and family therapists. (Provider ID #MFT-0037).


Ysmerlyn Baez, LMSW, is a Social Work Supervisor at Center for Family Representation. Ysmerlyn earned her Bachelor’s degree at Hamilton College and her Masters in Social Work from New York University, Silver School of Social Work. Ysmerlyn joined the social work staff at the Center for Family Representation in 2013 as a Family Advocate. Ysmerlyn’s time at CFR consists of advocating for clients in the context of Family, Criminal, and Housing Court. Ysmerlyn previously presented at the 2019 American Bar Association Parent Representation Conference and the 2019 Wisconsin Conference on Child Welfare and Courts.

Malena Arnaud, LMSW, is a Social Work Supervisor at the Center for Family Representation. Malena graduated from Barnard College in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology and Latin American History and Literature. She went on to get her master’s in social work from Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in 2014. She began at the Center for Family Representation as a student intern in 2013 and continued on as a staff member in 2014. Malena supervises the Community Advocacy Project in the Manhattan office and works with parents navigating the child welfare system, ACS investigations and the State Central Register.



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Apr 29 2021


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Online Live Webinar