2019 NYWFIA 36th Annual Training Seminar

NYWFIA’s 36th Annual Training Seminar will be held June 2nd through 5th at the Desmond Hotel, Albany, NY.

Our 36th Anniversary Conference Theme is: “Preparing Investigators Promoting Prevention with a Purpose”.

Announcement Letters

Below are the official announcement letters from NYWFIA’s President and the OTDA & OCFS Commissioner’s, provided as PDF documents:

2019 NYWFIA President’s Official Invite & Announcement Letter

2019 NWFIA – OTDA & OCFS Commissioner Letter

Location & Hotel Booking

The Desmond Hotel is located at 660 Albany Shaker Road, Albany, NY 12211.  Guests may register at our discounted rate through May 20th, but please be sure to book early to insure you receive the discounted rate.  Rates include breadfast daily.

How to Book a Room

You must contact the hotel directly by calling the hotel at 518-869-8100 or click this linkReference Booking Code “WFI” to ensure you receive the following group rates:

  • $ 121.00 per person for single occupancy
  • $ 129.00 for double occupancy ($64.50 per person per night)
  • $ 138.00 triple occupancy ($45.70 per person per night)
  • $ 146 Quad occupancy ($36.25 per person per night)

Please note that it is the responsibility of the guests and/or individual Staff Coordinators to find roommates for double/triple/quad occupancy guests. NYWFIA, nor the Hotel, will be responsible for room assignments. Those guests who do not have a secured roommate will be charged the single room rate.

Reminders for overnight Guest:
  • Bring and submit your tax-exempt form
  • Bring you job ID as well as State ID or Driver’s License
  • Bring a Major Credit Card for Incidentals/Room Hold


The training will begin at 9:00 AM on June 3rd with welcome session featuring local and state dignitaries, OTDA, OCFS, FNS and OWIG. IWe are excited to announce a change in our Agenda as we present a variation of mini, full and general sessions that is sure to enhance your skills while sharpening all the tools already in your tool kit. This year we have presentations being offered by OTDA, OCFS, OWIG, NYS Troopers, NYS DMV, USDA FNS, NYC HRA, and APS to name a few.  Our 2019 Schedule At A Glance is available as a PDF:

2019 NYWFIA Annual Seminar Agenda At A Glance

Registration Fees

Below are the registration fees for this year’s event:

  • Full Conference – $165
  • Mon & Wed, $130
  • Tues. & Wed. $130
  • Mon. Only – $85
  • Tues. Only – $85
  • Wed. Only – $85


Our partners at the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance and the Office of Child and Family Services have agreed to continue supporting our common goals as they will once again be offering Full and Commuter Scholarships. We thank them for their commitment and dedication; OTDA and OCFS are each providing 58 full seminar scholarships. OTDA are both offering an additional 31 commuter scholarships for participants who are within 200 miles of of the seminar site. Please note that scholarships do not include transportation or lodging costs. Please contact your local staff development coordinator or training coordinator to apply for these scholarships.

Please review the letter from OTDA & OCFS below for details:

2019 NYWFIA Seminar Scholarship Information from OTDA & OCFS


Meal Information

Monday’s Lunch Options:

  • Chicken Teriyaki
  • Penne Mediterranean
  • Flank Steak

All Served with Tossed Garden Salad and Lemon Cake.

Tuesday’s Gala Options:

  • Oven Roasted Vegetable Strudel
  • Braised Short Rib
  • Sole Paupiette

All Served with the Desmond Salad without the Almonds and Old Fashioned Chocolate Layer Cake.

Please indicate if you have any dietary restrictions and/or allergies.

NYWFIA Member of the Year Nomination Form

Please take a moment to complete a nomination form to recognize someone that you believe “Goes above and beyond” or “That extra mile”.  Nominations must be submitted by April 19, 2019.

2019 NYWFIA Member of the Year Nomination Form



Online registration is now closed, as of 5:00 PM May 20th, 2019.