Social Work Advocates Magazine

Protect our Kids Act Introduced

By Rena Malai, NEWS Staff In an attempt to prevent child deaths that result from abuse and neglect, Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, have introduced the bipartisan Protect Our Kids Act, along with companion legislation by Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas. The National Coalition to End Child Abuse Deaths, of which NASW is an active member, advocated for ... Read More »

After the Recession, Social Workers Face New Challenges

By Rena Malai, NEWS Staff Mary Adams works full time as a bank teller for Wells Fargo and is a proud mother of six children, who range in age from 7 months to 23 years old. Her oldest son is in college, and Adams goes to church every Sunday, where she’s famous for her homemade banana pudding. She’s a positive ... Read More »

Seeking Social Work in the Public Eye Submissions

Have you or someone you know been quoted in the media about his or her social work skills? NASW members are highlighted in each issue of the NASW News about the ways they help people overcome challenges and the important contributions they make to society. NASW News welcomes submissions for the “Social Work in the Public” Eye section. Send any news links ... Read More »

Social Work Takes on Business

By Maren Dale, Special to the NEWS Credit: John Michael Yanson Social workers need to be business savvy. Among the 10 imperatives for the next decade of the profession adopted by participants of the Social Work Congress in 2010 is “infusing models of sustainable business and management practice in social work education and practice.” Fortunately, there are social work entrepreneurs ... Read More »

New Law Note Addresses Client Confidentiality

NASW News exclusive: By Paul R. Pace, News Staff As the age of communication possibilities continues to expand, maintaining client confidentiality for social workers is a paramount concern. Protection of clients’ confidential information is not only a social work cornerstone, it is also a legal obligation, according to the latest NASW General Counsel Law Note, Client Confidentiality and Privileged Communications, ... Read More »

Richard Jones Honored by Metropolitan Family Services

Richard Jones, center, former president and CEO of Chicago-based Metropolitan Family Services, stands outside one of the organization’s campus buildings, which was recently named in his honor to recognize 13 years of leadership for the organization that serves the critical needs of families in the metropolitan area. Jones is joined by his mother, Wilhelmina Manns, right, a retired social work ... Read More »

Children Make Up Half of Shelter Residents

According to an article published by United Press International on, Minnesota researchers have said that more than half of the residents who stay in battered women’s shelters across the United States are children. Jeffrey Edelson, professor of social work at the University of Minnesota, stated in the story that an online platform can serve as a tool to give ... Read More »

Practice Standards Focus on Family Caregivers of Older Adults

By Paul R. Pace, NEWS Staff “Attention to the contributions, strengths, needs and goals of family caregivers of older adults are integral to social work practice.” This statement summarizes the intent of the NASW Standards for Social Work Practice with Family Caregivers of Older Adults. The document, available for a free download at, celebrated its one-year publication anniversary in ... Read More »

Philip Lucas Honored at D.C. Memorial Event

Two prayer vigils and a service were conducted in October to mark the centennial of the 2001 anthrax attacks at the U.S. Postal Service’s Brentwood facility in Washington, D.C. Philip Lucas, past president of the NASW Metro Washington Chapter, spoke at the service and was part of a support team after the initial attacks, which killed two employees: Joseph Curseen ... Read More »

NASW Urges Social Workers in Health Care Insurance Exchanges

By Greg Wright, NEWS Contributor The National Association of Social Workers strongly urged the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to include social workers in plans that will be offered in the new affordable health care insurance exchanges that will be available across the United States by Jan. 1, 2014. NASW also made recommendations to ensure these insurance exchanges ... Read More »