Executive Director’s Message: COVID-19 and Social Work

Executive Director’s Message: COVID-19 and Social Work

By Janlee Wong, NASW-CA Executive Director

As the pandemic continues and infection rates continue to grow, “states where community spread is occurring are in the acceleration phase.” We learn this from monitoring important accurate sources of information such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):

California is one of those states in ..Read More…

Statements from LA County DCFS and SEIU 721 Regarding “Trials of Gabriel Fernandez” Netflix Docuseries

The Netflix Docuseries “Trials of Gabriel Fernandez” has given the tragic case of Gabriel Fernandez renewed attention nationwide as the series is currently listed as one of the top most-watched series around the nation.

NASW-CA’s Executive Director Janlee Wong previously released a statement regarding the conclusion of the case. Below we’re providing statements from ..Read More…

Executive Director’s Message: The Tragedy of Gabriel F.

By Janlee Wong, NASW-CA Executive Director

In 2013, Gabriel F. died from severe physical abuse. Although Gabriel’s case was closed at the time, he was known to Los Angeles County’s Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) since 2011. In 2016, felony child abuse and falsification of records charges were filed against four DCFS workers (two ..Read More…

Executive Director’s Holiday Season Message

By Janlee Wong, NASW-CA Executive Director

As we celebrate this holiday, all social workers should exercise lots of self care, being with family and friends, pets and nature.  Enjoy a nice meal and some fun entertainment.  My family and I saw the Nutcracker and Charlie Brown’s Christmas in DC.  The highlight was the National “Zoo ..Read More…

Member Highlight Nominations Now Open

As we prepare to go into a new year, NASW-CA Chapter wants to recognize social workers that live and exemplify our mission. If you know someone at your job site, internship, school, or even a friend that you believe should be highlighted, let us know!

As we enter a new decade, we want to give ..Read More…

Executive Director’s Message: Remembering Congressman Elijah Cummings

Congressman Elijah Cummings

By: Janlee Wong, NASW-CA Executive Director

Born in Baltimore, son of sharecroppers, Mr. Cummings graduated from a Baltimore high school in 1969, then from Howard University in 1973 and the University of Maryland School of Law in 1976.  His political career included the Maryland General Assembly and then in 1996 being ..Read More…

Executive Director’s Message: Gratitude to Our News Editor

By Janlee Wong, MSW

Lisa Kopochinski, NASWCA’s longtime News Editor, is leaving after 11 years of dedicated service to the Chapter. When Lisa started, NASWCA was still publishing a paper newspaper that was mailed to members.  The format was newsprint tabloid size 11 inches by 17 inches and only a few printing companies could print ..Read More…

Executive Director’s Message: Gilroy Shooting

By Janlee Wong, MSW, NASWCA Executive Director

Sadly, mass shootings, as well as gun violence in general, have become commonplace, and too frequent in the U.S. and around the world.  Some say it’s been normalized, spread by the Internet and social media. Others include such reasons as the widespread proliferation of guns despite continuing gun ..Read More…