National Association of Social Workers Mission Statement
NASW is a membership organization with a dual mission to:
Promote, develop, and protect the practice of social work and social workers; and
Seek to enhance the effective functioning and well-being of individuals, families, and communities through its work and through its advocacy.
Created in 1955 through a merger of seven social work organizations, the National Association of Social Workers is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world. The Association is comprised of 132,000 members, who are required to agree to and sign the NASW Code of Ethics upon joining.
NASW’s 56 chapters consist of the following: 50 state chapters, an international chapter, and five additional chapters in Guam, New York City, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Washington, D.C.

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