Tag Archives: social justice

Court Victory in Montana: Kulstad v. Maniaci

The Montana Supreme Court issued an opinion earlier this week in a case where NASW earlier filed an amicus brief.  The case concerned the parenting rights of individuals in same-sex relationships.  NASW had filed an amicus brief supporting recognition of the parent- child attachment between the non-biological mother and the two children she had raised jointly with her partner of ... Read More »

NASW Statement on Senator Edward Kennedy’s Death

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is deeply saddened by the death of United States Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Massachusetts), who after a year-long battle with brain cancer, died this week. Sen. Kennedy has been a champion for many social policies of significance to social workers and their clients throughout his tenure in the Senate of more than 40 years. ... Read More »

New Fact Sheet: Social Workers Speak on Veterans Issues

The United States has been at war for more than eight years, with Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan beginning in 2001 and Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. During this time, more than 1.5 million troops have been deployed to serve in these wars. Social workers continue to play an important role in the lives of veterans both during and after ... Read More »

NASW Press Releases Child Custody Evaluations by Social Workers: Understanding the Five Stages of Custody

Press Release July 7, 2009 Washington DC – The NASW Press has released Child Custody Evaluations by Social Workers: Understanding the Five Stages of Custody, a first-of-its-kind book offering advice to professional social workers on how to conduct custody evaluations. Ken Lewis, PhD, wrote this guide defining the parameters of the five stages of child custody for social workers and ... Read More »

Social Workers in the News: Article on Michelle Obama and DC’s Poor

From Social Justice and the First Lady – Newsweek by Eleanor Clift – July 3, 2009 “They are the legacy of a failed social policy that began in the 1980’s with the de-institutionalization of people with mental illness on the assumption that communities with the help of pharmaceuticals would absorb their care. “And that didn’t happen,” says Schroeder Stribling, a ... Read More »

Safford Unified School District v. Redding: NASW brief was cited by the Supreme Court

NASW’s brief was cited by the Supreme Court in the decision on Safford Unified School District v. Redding. “Savana’s subjective expectation of privacy against such a search is inherent in her account of it as embarrassing,frightening, and humiliating. The reasonableness of her expectation (required by the Fourth Amendment standard) is indicated by the consistent experiences of other young people similarly ... Read More »

Social Workers Speak on the Economy

Read what social workers have to say – Click here to view the PDF. Every day in their work with individuals, families and communities, social workers see first-hand the devastating costs and consequences of poverty and unemployment. Joblessness and economic insecurity can lead to more incidences of mental illness, family violence, suicide, substance abuse and crime. Social workers are seeing ... Read More »

Hallmark debuts movie about a brave social worker during the Holocaust

Hallmark will debut “The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler” on Sunday April 19 at 9/8c. Based on the true story of a social worker who saved 2,500 Jewish children during the German occupation of Poland, the movie examines how she risked her own life to save thousands of others. As a Catholic social worker, Sendler gained access to the Warsaw ... Read More »

NASW Member Featured in Time Magazine

On March 12th, TIME Magazine included a feature on efforts to keep homeless children in one school despite moves around the city. NASW member and school social worker Cheryl Flugaur-Leavitt, SSW is featured in the article. Keeping Homeless Kids in School By Kathleen Kingsbury / Minneapolis Thursday, Mar. 12, 2009 “When a second-grader at Longfellow Elementary School couldn’t stay awake ... Read More »

US Department of Education budget highlights

We were recently invited to a conference call with the Department of Education, where we discussed the President’s 2010 budget for their department. We were part of a small group asked to participate and were able to learn, firsthand, about the Administration’s plan to: Make Pell grant funding mandatory. The maximum for the 2010-11 academic year would be $5,550. Restructure ... Read More »