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One Year Later: Trump policies negatively impact social work


Nov 14, 2017

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.

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Lessons Learned and Recommendations from the Child Welfare Field

National Foster Care Coalition

Sep 01, 2017

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.

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Intersection of Sanctuary Cities, National Immigration Policies, and Child Welfare Policies and Practice in the Trump Era

NASW Social Justice Issue Brief

Jan 01, 2017

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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Let’s Improve Child Welfare Outcomes: The Workforce Matters Briefing


Jun 28, 2016

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.

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Trauma Is a Hidden Cause Of Academic Struggles for Many in DC, Report Finds

Washington Post

Jun 24, 2015

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.

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Unaccompanied Migrant Children: Overview & Recommendations

NASW Social Justice Issue Brief

Aug 01, 2014

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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