Monthly Archives: August 2014

Member Spotlight: Shera Daroga, MSW from Region I – New Professionals Network (NPN) Co-Chair

Member Spotlight: Shera Daroga, MSW from Region I – New Professionals Network (NPN) Co-Chair

By S. Jolene Hui, MSW, NASW-CA Membership Coordinator

From Oklahoma lemonade stands to a group home for at-risk teenage girls in Fulton, Missouri to USC School of Social Work, where she received a prestigious scholarship, Shera Daroga has been honing her social work skills since she was eight years old.

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Toolkits for Social Workers Working with Immigrant Families  

Migration and Child Welfare
National Network:
A Social Worker’s Tool Kit for Working with Immigrant Families

This tool kit provides public child welfare and community-based agencies working with immigrant families with guidelines for integrating child welfare practice—from engagement to case closure—with trauma-informed care and trauma-specific services. In addition, ..Read More…

Children in Danger: A Guide to Humanitarian Challenge at the Border  

The American Immigration Council has
prepared a guide in order to provide policymakers, the media and the public with basic information surrounding the current humanitarian challenge the U.S. is facing as thousands of young migrants show up at our southern border. This guide seeks to  explain the basics. Who are the unaccompanied children ..Read More…

No Childhood Here: Why Central American Children Are Fleeing Their Homes

By Elizabeth Kennedy

Over a decade before President Barack Obama described the influx of unaccompanied child migrants to the United States as an “urgent humanitarian situation requiring a unified and coordinated federal response,” child and refugee advocates warned that children who shared experiences of years-long ..Read More…

Police Shootings Demonstrate Need for Social Workers to Press for Reforms

Recent, highly publicized cases of police
using deadly force against people of color, including the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. on Aug. 9,  underscore the need for the social work profession to call for reforms in the nation’s law enforcement systems.

This issue is important for the ..Read More…

Changing Times: Reducing Stigma within Mental Health in California

By Ashley Jones, MSW Intern

On January 1, 2015, AB 1847 will take effect in California, seeking to humanize those Californians who live with mental illness. NASW-CA has been in full support of this bill. Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro has worked to accomplish abolishing stigmatizing mental health language within California’s laws, and Governor ..Read More…

California  Commission on Aging Turns 40

SACRAMENTO — One of the state’s most
influential representatives for older adults turns 40 this year. An advocate, advisor and disseminator of information, the California Commission on Aging, which held its first meeting in 1974, serves as the official voice of citizens before the Governor, State Legislature and other key policymakers.

The 18 ..Read More…