Community Based Training

Community Based Trainings

CFR offers a wide-range of community based trainings. If you are interested in having CFR present at your organization, please contact Rebecca Horwitz at for more information. We are happy to customize our presentation to fit your needs. Organizations that we have presented at include: Sanctuary for Families, Center for Urban Community Services, MST-CAN, Hunter School of Social Work, CUNY Fatherhood Academy, Good Plus Foundation, Nurse Family Partnership, Child Welfare Organizing Project, Covenant House, and more.

Family Court 101/Child Welfare 101

An informal discussion about the child welfare system in New York City. You will travel down a family’s path from the initial investigation through the court proceedings. You will hear from a parent who has experienced the system firsthand, get answers to any questions you may have, and learn how our model has saved taxpayers over $37 million.

Know Your Rights

An overview of the Family Court and foster care system in New York City. This session focuses on actions that could trigger an Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) investigation and a parent’s rights during that investigation and subsequent court case. Parents and advocates will learn how to advocate for themselves and what questions to ask during the process. A specialized Know Your Rights session may be focused on pregnant and parenting youth or fathers interested in custody and paternity proceedings.

State Central Register for Child Abuse and Maltreatment Advocacy: Amend and Seal

Learn about Administration for Children’s Services (“ACS”) investigations and the State Central Registry (also called the “child abuse hotline” or “SCR”). Anyone may call the SCR and make a report; a member of the public may even remain anonymous when doing so. Once a parent is named on the SCR, their name is listed until their youngest child is 28 years old, even if they are never found to have done anything wrong in a court of law and being listed on the SCR can severely hamper a parent’s ability to keep or secure employment. Get answers to all your questions like who are mandated reporters? What are “red flags” for potential calls to the SCR? What does an “indicated” case mean” How can it impact employment? How can one advocate to “amend or seal their record”? Learn how a parent can represent themselves in an SCR administrative hearing and walk through what to expect during the hearing- who is in the room, what types of “evidence” you will see, and your rights during the process.

Collateral Consequences of a Child Welfare Investigation

Child welfare involved families do not experience problems in neat silos. Indigent parents at risk of losing their children to foster care often confront several interrelated issues, rooted in poverty, such as homelessness or unstable housing, interruptions in public benefits, untreated substance abuse or mental health issues, domestic violence, criminal charges, financial insecurity, or immigration problems. These collateral issues have the potential to undermine a family’s success. Join us for an interactive discussion about the collateral consequences of a child welfare investigation or Family Court Case, including: risk of eviction, compromised or lost employment, criminal charges, and immigration complications. We will provide tips and strategies for addressing these issues and ensure that participants understand their rights and responsibilities in a variety of situations.

Supporting Justice Involved Parents in the Child Welfare System

Provides an overview of the child welfare system and family court process with a focus on supporting parents who have concurrent justice system involvement. Participants will learn strategies to help clients engage in mental health and other services with the goal of improving the quality and frequency of family visits, and speeding safe and lasting reunification. We will also explore the interplay between criminal and family court proceedings and the importance of coordination between systems when mandates conflict.