Some of the main challenges are access to affordable health care, climate change, and immigration and Dreamers — the last of which are now at the top of the list for many social workers, especially in border states.
National Foster Care Coalition
For almost two decades, the National Foster Care Coalition (NFCC) played a critical leadership role in child welfare and foster care reform. Unfortunately, due to financial constraints, the Board of the NFCC made the difficult decision to close the NFCC's doors in spring 2017. With their remaining funds, the NFCC commissioned this report to outline the NFCC’s key contributions and challenges and to explore lessons learned. The report also includes recommendations for how we might fill persistent child welfare gaps left in the field moving forward.
As a member of the NFCC, NASW is pleased to share this report.
NASW Social Justice Issue Brief
The sanctuary city movement is inextricably tied to U.S. immigration policies, especially in the Trump era. This brief addresses how the movement has evolved, resulting in a merging of the humanitarian aspects into a political strategy officially embraced by some state and local governments, largely motivated by the heavy-handed deportation policies and procedures of the federal government.
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NASW and the Child Welfare League of America co-sponsored a briefing entitled, Let’s Improve Child Welfare Outcomes: The Workforce Matters. This is part of ongoing efforts to educate key policymakers in Washington about the importance of a well-trained, educated and staffed workforce within child welfare.
A Children’s Law Center report finds that children in the District of Columbia are disproportionately exposed to traumatic experiences, including poverty, homelessness and gun violence, which affect their ability to learn.
The United States is grappling with an influx of more than 60,000 children and teenagers who have migrated to the United States from Central America, particularly El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. While it is important to understand the context and background of this humanitarian crisis, it is far more important to effectively respond to the problem and mitigate the extent
of harm it may cause to vulnerable children. This is where social workers have a key role to play and in some circumstances are already playing a vital service delivery role.
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