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NASW Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Nomination

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) urges President Obama to submit a nominee to fill the vacant seat of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. President Obama has said he intends to nominate Scalia’s successor. However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has ruled out the possibility of scheduling a confirmation hearing until after the presidential election ... Read More »

President Obama’s Budget Offers Opportunities for Social Workers in Child Welfare, Behaviorial Health, Early Childhood Home Visiting

When President Obama released his final budget for Fiscal Year 2017 on February 9, there were several opportunities for social workers in child welfare, behavioral health and early childhood home visiting. Of particular note is the focus on improving the child welfare workforce, policy priorities long sought by the National Association of Social Workers. The budget provides funding to improve ... Read More »

NASW joins in letter protesting legislation that discrimininates against students who are transgender

NASW PRESS RELEASE: The National Association of Social Workers has joined six other child and family advocacy organizations to sign a letter from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) urging South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard and other governors not to approve legislation that discriminates against students who are transgender. The open letter was also signed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, ... Read More »

Flint Water Crisis Update: Resources for Social Workers

As you all know the water situation in Flint finally climaxed and everyone is scrambling to help in various ways. Last week, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Michigan Chapter put out a call to action to social workers who are looking for ways to get involved at any level. More than 170 have responded so far, with offers ... Read More »

Social Work Month 2016

Social Work Pioneer Frances Perkins in 1911 witnessed the Triangle  Shirtwaist Factory fire, the deadliest industrial disaster in New York City’s history. Most of the 146 people who died were young women who were immigrants or the children of immigrants. “I can’t begin to tell you how disturbed the people were everywhere,”said Perkins, who saw people jump to their deaths ... Read More »

The Role of Female Leadership in Social Work Organizations

Women in the social work profession have historically been prominent in establishing the practice. Between formal social work policy issues such as, Gender-Based Violence and the Health of Adolescent Girls, pay equity, and global women’s issues, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has continued to represent and advocate for women’s empowerment in the social work profession. The field of ... Read More »

To the Muslim woman I sat next to on the plane today

Social workers seek social justice for all and have long worked to end racism and discrimination. Yet they are still human. National Association of Social  Workers member Pamela Lowell, MSW, LICSW, who has a private practice in Barrington, RI, and is also an author, was traveling home from Florida on December 6. The recent terrorists attacks in Paris and San ... Read More »

NASW California Chapter Statement on San Bernardino Shootings

The National Association of Social Workers expresses sorrow and concern regarding the horrific mass shooting in California at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino. Our deepest sympathy goes out to those who lost their lives and the injured and their families,  friends and colleagues.  We also express our concern and care to the greater San Bernardino and southern California ... Read More »