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Friday, May 17, 2019
8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


Sister Ann Elizabeth Conference Room
Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(Enter the main entrance of the Atrium Building and go down one floor)

Alumni and Friends Day in the Hudson Valley

Gather with alumni and friends of Adelphi’s School of Social Work for a free continuing education conference addressing issues associated with working with children and families. The challenges facing children and families in our society have rarely been so stark. Many have hardly benefited from the unprecedented technological advances and economic successes that the United States has experienced over the last several decades and child welfare policies have failed to keep pace with those advances. Children and families continue to face significant social problems, not the least of which is poverty, evidenced by the fact that 21% of all children in the United States live in poverty. Violence, housing, access to healthcare and education, susceptibility to crime and inequitable distribution of resources are among the social problems that plague children and families. This conference will bring together scholars and practitioners to examine various aspects of these issues within the contexts of policy and clinical practice. The conference will open with a plenary session where Dr. Elizabeth Palley, an attorney, social worker and renowned social policy scholar will deliver the keynote address titled “The Status of Children and Families in U.S. Policy and Its Impact on Practice”. She will examine current policy issues relating to immigration, childcare, reproductive rights and transgender rights and discuss the implications of these issues for practice. In addition to the plenary, there will be four breakout workshops as highlighted below.

6 CEUs will be awarded to licensed social workers for participating in this conference.

This event is free, but pre-registration is required.

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Elizabeth Palley, Ph.D, JD
The Status of Children and Families in U.S. Policy and Its Impact on Practice


Mommies, Daddies, Donors and Surrogates: Practice Considerations in Third Party Reproduction
Marilyn Paul, PhD, LCSW

On Child Abuse, Neglect and Mandated Reporters: You have Made the Call on What Happens Next
Eileen Buckley, MPA

The Sexuality and Gender Comprehension for All
Rae Leiner & Maria Ramirez

The Socio-Political Context of Immigration: Its Impact on Children and Families and Implications for Improving Practice
Elizabeth Greaney, LMSW

Welcome Remarks:

Sabrina MarzoukaSabrina Jaar Marzouka, JD, MPH
Commissioner, Dutchess County Community & Family Services

Speaker Bios:

Elizabeth Palley, MSW, Ph.D., JD
Elizabeth Palley attended a joint MSW and JD program at the University of Maryland. She graduated from law school in 1996 and completed her MSW in 1997. Following graduation, she worked at a nonprofit organization that addressed issues related to childhood lead poisoning and then as an attorney practicing special education and family law for a year. She returned to school in 1999 to pursue a Ph.D. in Social Policy at the Heller School at Brandeis University. Palley completed that degree in the fall of 2002 and began teaching at Adelphi University in New York that same year. Since that time, she has been on the faculty at Adelphi University. She is a full professor and teaches both at the Masters and Doctoral levels.

Elizabeth Palley

Dr. Palley believes that social workers have many different roles, both to influence policy design and to influence the ways in which policy implementation happens on the ground. Much of her research is about policy implementation. According to her, social workers “are often in a position both to inform legislators about the unintended harmful consequences of policies and to figure out ways in which their clients can be helped despite policies that are not as helpful as one might hope they would be”.  Her research areas are disability and family policy.  Her teaching interests include social policy analysis, civil rights, education policy, disability policy and family policy.  Her current research looks at the impact of pregnancy discrimination on women in the workplace.  She is also writing a textbook of social policy for social work students that will be published with Sage Press in 2020.

Dr. Palley is the author, along with Dr. Corey Shdaimah, of the book In Our Hands: The Struggle for US Child Care Policy published by NYU Press in 2014.  She is also the author of over 20 academic journal articles, has presented academic papers at more than 25 conferences in and outside the United States and has written several opinion articles for print and other media.

Marilyn PaulMarilyn S. Paul, PhD, LCSW
Dr. Lyn Paul is a Clinical Associate Professor at Adelphi University School of Social Work’s Hudson Valley Center where she teaches courses in human behavior theory and social work practice, and advises and supervises students. Dr. Paul began her social work career in 1995 as a hospital maternal-child social worker, and has researched and published on the complex psychosocial issues confronting contemporary families, especially families formed with advanced medical technology and third party assistance. In addition to her faculty responsibilities, Dr. Paul maintains a part-time clinical social work practice on the Upper West Side of Manhattan where she specializes in loss and transition and in issues associated with women’s reproductive health.

Eileen BuckleyEileen Buckley, MPA
Eileen Buckley is a Child Protective Services Case Supervisor employed by the Orange County Department of Social Services.  She has held this position for nineteen years.  Prior to this, she was a Foster Care Caseworker and a Senior Caseworker conducting Child Protective Investigations.  She has spent all twenty-nine years of her career in the City of Newburgh, working with families experiencing high rates of poverty and crime.

Ms. Buckley received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1986 from the State University of New York at Geneseo where she minored in Human Development and Occupational and Organizational Behavior.  She obtained a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the College of New Rochelle in 2017.  She is a 2018 graduate of Leadership Orange.

Ms. Buckley is responsible for monitoring the contracted Intensive Preventive Program, Youth Advocate Program, Improving Families.  During the last nineteen years, under Ms. Buckley’s direction, this program has grown from one caseworker, serving only the City of Newburgh, to six caseworkers, serving all of Orange County.

Ms. Buckley is a founding advisory board member for Healthy Families, Orange County and serves on the advisory board for Orange County Department of Health’s Maternal Infant Community Health Collaborative.  She is a member of the Healthy Orange initiative, focusing on workplace wellness.  She is the Chairperson for TEAM Newburgh, a local substance abuse action committee and a member of CADCA – Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America.  She also serves on the Eastern Headstart Health Services Advisory Board.  She is a member of the Newburgh Healthy Black and Latino Coalition and is a member of United Way’s Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative.  She is active in the Newburgh community, volunteering at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh, Safe Harbors of the Hudson and We Are Newburgh.

Elizabeth GreaneyElizabeth Greaney, LMSW
Elizabeth Greaney received her LMSW from Adelphi University and has been working in the field on immigration for over 6 years. Her professional platform has been built on a passion for Human Rights and International Social Justice.  In 2011, she travelled throughout South America for a year to pursue volunteer opportunities and increase fluency in the Spanish Language.  Her return to the United States led her to working in the field of immigration. She is currently the Assistant Director of a Shelter that facilitates family reunification with unaccompanied children.  She has engaged in research regarding immigration and was published as a co-author on “Treacherous Crossings: Responses to the Influx of Unaccompanied Minors in the Hudson Valley” in the March 2018 edition of the journal Children and Youth Services Review.

Rae LeinerRae Leiner
Artist. Organizer. Radical Dreamer. Creatrix. Strategic thinker. Healer.

Rae Leiner is a Black-identified multi-racial Queer organizer, activist, and parent residing in the Hudson Valley.  Possessing an undergraduate degree from Antioch College and is currently enrolled in the Adelphi University’s MSW program (‘21). Rae’s professional trajectory is primarily focused on social justice and movements for transformative change. Rae is currently the co-founder and Co-Director of the Newburgh LGBTQ+ center, former director of the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative in the city of Newburgh and a former Community Voices Heard organizer in Orange County. Rae brings 15+ years of professional experience in the not-for-profit field and social justice work. An experienced facilitator and organizer, strategic thinker, embodied practitioner, relationship builder, Rae’s creative thinking and radical dreaming help to inform their analysis and work towards an equitable society.

Maria RamirezMaria Ramirez
Maria Ramirez is a born and raised Newburgh activist, entrepreneur, First-Generation Latinxmover and shaker. Educated through the Newburgh Enlarged City School District and with a Bachelor’s degree in International Business from SUNY New Paltz, Maria has over 5 years of professional experience.  Maria is familiar with the social demographics of Newburgh and why it is vital to have an LGBTQ+ Center in the area. One of the many hats Maria wears is as the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Newburgh LGBTQ + Center, Board Member of an award winning non-profit, Swish, and a member of the NYC LGBT Chamber of Commerce and a certified national LGBTQ supplier.

For more information, please contact:

Debbie Perez
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