- March 11 - News Advisory:
-- NASW Stresses
the Importance of Adequately Funded Child Welfare Systems Nationwide;
Without Opportunities and Resources, Kids are at Risk -- Annie
E. Casey Foundation President, Douglas W. Nelson, to Give Remarks
at March 13th Gala
Association of Social Workers (NASW) is highlighting the important
role of professional social workers in our nation's child welfare
systems. Professional social workers will be honored at the 2nd
Annual NASW Foundation Gala on Thursday, March 13 at 7 p.m. during
National Professional Social Work Month. The Gala will also serve
as a forum to discuss child welfare.
Douglas W. Nelson, President of the Annie E. Casey Foundation,
"We have learned a great deal about what works in serving vulnerable
kids and their families-but we also know that the clearest visions
for reform won't be enough unless we do a much better job of recruiting,
training, supporting and retaining good people to do this hard
work at the frontline."
governors, in a letter following the November elections, to ensure
that children in state child welfare systems are cared for by
making a commitment to hiring an adequate number of professionally
trained social workers, and maintaining reasonable caseloads and
workloads, with adequate compensation.
"Gaps in care
for our most vulnerable children are unacceptable, but unavoidable,
if resources are not increased," says Elizabeth J. Clark, PhD,
ACSW, MPH, executive director of NASW. "The public has high expectations
for frontline human services workers, but without a competent
and stable workforce and appropriate supports it is nearly impossible
to deliver uniform high quality services."
have been a number of high profile reports of child fatalities
and other tragedies for children and families involved with the
child welfare system.
of preventable child fatalities, reports that children have been
lost while in custody of the state, and continuing difficulties
finding permanent living arrangements for children and youth within
reasonable timeframes, are all indicators that this nation has
not yet made an adequate investment in protecting children and
youth," adds Clark.
The NASW Foundation's
2nd Annual Gala will be held at the Hyatt Regency-Capitol Hill
on Thursday March 13 from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. For information about
attending the Gala, please contact Kerri Criswell at email@example.com.
-- Douglas W. Nelson, president, Annie E. Casey Foundation --
Elizabeth J. Clark, PhD, ACSW, MPH, NASW executive director --
Terry Mizrahi, PhD, MSW, NASW president
with speakers or to find an expert source on child welfare, please
contact NASW Public Affairs at 202-336-8228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
March is National
Professional Social Work Month. This year's theme, "The Power
of Social Work. Preserving Rights. Strengthening Voices," focuses
on an essential tenet of social work practice-many people thinking,
working and acting together to empower those who are frequently
month of March-please recognize the contributions of social workers
in your community.
Association of Social Workers (NASW), in Washington, DC, is the
largest membership organization of professional social workers
with nearly 150,000 members. It promotes, develops and protects
the practice of social work and social workers. NASW also seeks
to enhance the well being of individuals, families and communities
through its work and advocacy.