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November is National Adoption Month!

November is National Adoption Month. It is a time to raise awareness for children and youth in foster care who are waiting for permanent families. Social workers across the country work to ensure the stability and safety of many of them. The Children’s Bureau, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, funds the National Adoption Month initiative each ... Read More »

Rural social workers study U.S.-Mexico border

From left, Norma Gonzales, Eva M. Moya, and Elena Dela Vega attend the 41st National Institute Conference on Social Work  and Human Services in Rural Areas.

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Rural social workers gained insight into the issues impacting people along the U.S.-Mexico border during the 41st National Institute Conference on Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas, which was held in July. The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) College of Health Sciences Department of Social Work, along with the National ... Read More »

Social workers have roles in community policing efforts

By Alison Laurio, News contributor A 15-year-old girl with autism spectrum disorder became lost in Naperville, Ill., in July. Her parents had been working with her, and she had successfully been going outside alone, walking up and down the block where she lives. She had done well with that and wanted to walk around the block by herself.   She ... Read More »

NASW member invited to White House hackathon

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NASW member Ruby Guillen was invited to participate in the first-ever White House foster care and technology hackathon in late May. Guillen, who was in foster care, is a fatal and severe child abuse and community violence technologist, researcher and analyst in the greater Los Angeles area. She also is co-chair of the Technology Council for the NASW California Chapter. ... Read More »

NASW participates in global meetings in Seoul

By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW again participated in the global meeting of the professional social work and social development association – the International Federation of Social Workers, or IFSW. Meetings from June 22-26 were in conjunction with the biennial World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development, held in Seoul, South Korea. NASW President Darrell Wheeler, NASW ... Read More »

Workforce proves critical in child welfare outcomes

By Paul R. Pace, News staff A skilled and supported workforce is a critical component to drive better outcomes for children and families across the U.S., says Jenny Wood, chief deputy for the Administration on Children Youth and Families of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Wood was among the speakers at a Capitol Hill briefing in June ... Read More »

In aftermath of North Carolina, Oklahoma shootings NASW calls for policing reforms

National Association of Social Workers Statement on Police Shootings in North Carolina, Oklahoma: In what seems to be an unending national dilemma, the country is again grappling with the shooting deaths of black men during encounters with law enforcement officers. In Tulsa, Okla. police approached a vehicle in a traffic stop-related encounter with Terence Crutcher, 40. The officers were initially ... Read More »

NASW Sets Social Justice Priorities for Coming Year

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has set five social justice priorities to address over the next year — voting rights, criminal justice reforms, juvenile justice, immigration reform and economic justice and equity. Within this set of social justice priorities are four sub-priorities – health and behavioral health equity, racial and population-based discrimination, matters involving courts such as U.S. ... Read More »

Join #SWRocktheVote Campaign!

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is proud to join Social Work Helper Magazine and the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW) and Council on Social Work Education in a voter registration campaign from Rock the Vote . Social workers have long played a key role in ensuring all Americans have the right to vote.  Social ... Read More »

NASW Social Justice Brief Offers Overview of Nation’s Opioid, Heroin Addiction Crisis

The United States is gripped by an opioid and heroin addiction crisis. The social work profession will play a valuable and key role in our nation’s efforts to address this issue. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Social Justice Brief Opiates in Our Backyard: Implications for Drug Policy, offers social workers and other mental health and substance use disorder ... Read More »