FEATURE: 20 Facts That You Should Know About Current Immigration Policies and Procedures Including Child Separations, Loss of Children in the System, and Asylum Seeking

By Karen Smith Rotabi and Carmen Monico

Fact 1: In recent years, families entering the United States without authorization have been separated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in many cases. Adults and parents with children (family units) have been held in over 100 immigration detention facilities across the U.S. Those children declared “unaccompanied” ..Read More…



International Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners Announces Contest for Activity Professionals and Recreation Therapists

July 2nd 2020

For the past several months, we have been following your blogs, twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn groups, and reading the inspiring ways that Activity Professionals and Recreation Therapist have found creative ways to provide room visits and activities for social distancing.

 We have witnessed the amazing and often times emotional messages and photos ..Read More…

Political Action

Urge the U.S. Senate to Enact Transformational Police Reform Legislation

In response to the killing by Minneapolis police of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, Rep. Karen Bass, MSW (D-CA-37) introduced the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act (H.R. 7120). This urgently needed legislation passed the U.S. House of Representatives on June 25.

It is now crucial that the Senate enact similar strong and comprehensive ..Read More…

Professional Development

Upcoming Specialty Practice Sections (SPS) Seminars From NASW

NASW Specialty Practice Sections (SPS) help members stay in-the-know in their specific area of practice and offers individual online communities of committed, like-minded peers. Along with the trusted communities, SPS offers more than 45 additional CE opportunities through live practice-specific webinars, newsletters, continuing education and other professional development activities.

Co-constructing Community: ..Read More…

Council Reports


Letter to the Editor: What Policy Changes are Needed to Promote Social Justice for Families, Children, and Youth

Re: What Policy Changes are Needed to Promote Social Justice for Families, Children, and Youth 

(posted June 29th, 2020)

Good Evening,

Social Workers must take care of their collective mental health during  extreme times of stress while helping families, children, and  youth. The COVID-19 pandemic came “out of the blue” and has impacted all of us in different aspects of our lives. Many people have lost loved ones and have experienced many disruptions in their lives. We ..Read More…


Other News

Meet NASW-CA Membership Intern Alex Michel!

Alex Michel (pronouns: she/her/hers)
MSW/MPP Dual Degree Candidate
UCLA – Luskin School of Public Affairs

Alex is currently a graduate student at UCLA where she is pursuing her dual master’s degree as part of the Luskin School of Public Affairs’ social welfare and public policy program. 

A first-generation American, the daughter of Mexican immigrants, and a Latinx ..Read More…

Legal Issues

Stay Current: State Statutes on Child Welfare

From Child Welfare Information Gateway:

Stay Current on Your State’s Child Welfare Statutes

Every state has their own laws and statutes to protect children and youth. Learn what you need to know about your state and find out what other states are doing. Read and share the State Statutes series!

The following state statute summaries ..Read More…