Focus and take action as needed on policies, issues and legislation that address, impact, or support the protection, care and healthy development of children, youth and their families.
To achieve this mission, the committee will:
Focus on children, youth and families that are at-risk across systems;
Be alert to issues and changes in both legislation and practices concerning children and youth;
Be proactive in identifying and addressing the needs of children, youth and their families;
Collaborate with stakeholders across the State to improve services to children, youth and families; and
Facilitate communication among social workers whose work affects children, youth, and families.
NASW Practice Resources on Children, Youth and Families - Nurturing families and permanent connections are critical to a child’s well-being. While most parents want to do what is best for their families, they cannot always do it alone. Social workers specialize in building upon the strengths within a family and their community to help provide a safe and loving environment for their children however, in some instances; they must intervene to protect children from harm.
Children and Schools Journal - Children & Schools publishes professional materials relevant to social work services for children. The journal publishes articles on innovations in practice, interdisciplinary efforts, research, program evaluation, policy, and planning. Topics include student-authority relationships, multiculturalism, early intervention, needs assessment, violence, and ADHD. Children & Schools is a practitioner-to-practitioner resource.
1000 Expert Campaign - The National Association of Social Workers 1,000 Experts Campaign gathers some of the best leaders and brightest minds in the social work profession. These experts represent a variety of social work fields, including child and youth development, aging transition and older adults, the social work workforce, social justice and community, mental health and relationships and health care and wellness. Members of the media can use a searchable database to find social worker experts to address topics ranging from adoption and foster care to public health policy.
Child Immigrant Crisis Resources - The United States is facing a massive influx of unaccompanied child immigrants from Central America. Many of these children and teenagers are fleeing deplorable conditions at home, including gang violence, crime and extreme poverty. Others are victims of drug traffickers and sex trafficking/sexual violence.Social workers are on the front lines, helping to provide these often traumatized children with food, shelter and health and mental health care.
NASW Foster Care Resources - The number of children in foster care in the United States dropped to 397,000 in 2012, down more than 20 percent in just a decade, according to the Children's Bureau. Part of the reason for this sharp decline is that more social workers and other social services professionals and child welfare systems are helping to preserve and strengthen families. Despite these gains, much serious work remains to improve our nation's foster care system.