Tag Archives: children

National Social Work Survey Shows Impacts of COVID-19 School Disruptions

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As millions of preK-12 students return to school that will be largely virtual this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a national study of school social workers (SSWs) highlights the need to address hunger, housing instability, health, mental health and other challenges that a high proportion of students are experiencing, especially low-income students.. The study, “Opening Schools Safely in the ... Read More »

NASW Texas Chapter Continues Strong Opposition of ICE Separation of Immigrant Families: Social Workers Must Take Action!

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On May 21, 2020, the Human Rights Committee of the National Association of Social Workers — Texas Chapter (NASW/TX) released the following statement: The National Association of Social Workers – Texas Chapter (NASW/TX) strongly opposes the recent attempts by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to separate immigrant families by giving families a choice between indefinite detention and a risk of ... Read More »

NASW President volunteers at U.S.-Mexico border to help detained migrant mothers and children

NASW President Kathryn Conley Wehrmann (right) and NASW New Jersey team mates Paul Cataldo and Sandy Ortega before boarding their flight to return home.

By Kathryn Conley Wehrmann, PhD, MSW, LCSW President, National Association of Social Workers The Dilley Pro Bono Project (DPBP) is a local partner in the Immigration Justice Campaign. Its mission is to serve the immigrant mothers and children detained at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, TX. DPBP operates a non-traditional pro bono model of legal services that ... Read More »

NASW Opposes Changes in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

It is estimated that 42 million Americans nationwide received SNAP benefits, which is roughly 13 percent of the U.S. population, who are poor.

By NASW Director Public Policy Sarah Christa Butts, LMSW Given the social work professions’ values and primary mission to enhance human wellbeing and help meet basic human needs, especially of people who are vulnerable and living in poverty, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) strongly opposes rule changes to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that would eliminate benefits for ... Read More »

Today is Children’s Memorial Flag Day

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This month, in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month, the National Association of Social Workers today is commemorating Children’s Memorial Flag Day. Each year, a national day of remembrance is set aside to honor and remember children who have lost their lives in the last year due to violence and preventable causes of death. Across the country, child advocates and ... Read More »

NASW official: Japanese American World War II internment camp survivors show solidarity with today’s immigrant children

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As the nation continues to witness the chaos resulting from the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy of separating children from their parents when they enter the United States, many organizations including the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) have decried this cruel, inhumane and immoral policy.  Social workers along with many other mental health professionals are shocked that our government has been engaged ... Read More »

Join NASW on June 30! Stand up for immigrant children and their families

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NASW is joining with partners to promote the June 30 national protest rally and mobilization against the Trump Administration’s “Zero Tolerance” Family Separation Policy. The Zero Tolerance Family Separation Policy has caused the separation of families entering the United States. With his Executive Order last week President Trump stopped the policy of separating families as they enter the United States. There are, however, ... Read More »

How to Volunteer to Help Immigrant Children Separated from Family

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Social workers eager to help immigrants who have been separated from their children have a wealth of resources at their disposal. The truth is one of them. National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Board Member Guadalupe G. Lara, LMSW, an expert on social work and immigration, is encouraging social workers to advocate for these children and “to speak to some of the ... Read More »

Pennsylvania Social Worker pushing initiative to recognize the value of greater father involvement in raising children

Social worker Rufus Sylvester Lynch is working to ensure fathers get more support to be involved with their children.

Social worker Rufus Sylvester Lynch says one out of three children in our nation would better thrive if public policy was more inclusive of fathers’ contributions to the well-being of children. Research and studies show that children who are involved with their fathers, even when they don’t live in the same residential setting, typically have more access to benefits such ... Read More »

Live Specialty Practice Sections Webinar: The Therapeutic Role of Animals in the Lives of Children

The Therapeutic Role of Animals in the Lives of Children  Thursday, April 6, 2017 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM   ET Credit Hours: 1.5  Social Work contact hours of CEs Presenter:   Philip Tedeschi, LCSW Moderator(s): Dina Kastner, MSS, MLSP What do we know about the therapeutic role that animals play in the emotional lives of children. Human-Animal Interaction (HAI) and ... Read More »