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Children, Youth & Families Work Group
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Meetings are held quarterly. Email or Call for more details.


Please RSVP to the Chapter office at or call (517) 487-1548.


Click here for directions to the NASW-Michigan Chapter office.



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.
  • Caught in the Middle: Supporting Families Involved with Immigration and Child Welfare Systems (2014)

  • NASW Standards for Social Work Practice in Child Welfare 
  • 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.
  • Caseload and Workload Management - Child Welfare Information Gateway
  • Educating Social Workers for Child Welfare Practice: The Status of Using Title IV-E Funding to Support BSW & MSW Education (2012)

  • NASW LGBT Resources

  • 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 Media Toolkit - 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 Media Toolkit - 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.

In the News

  • Foster Month: Michigan to Limit Options for Kids in Need of a Home? (May 2015)   May is National Foster Care Month, and about 3,000 Michigan children are looking for a permanent home. But a controversial package of bills (HB 4188, HB4189, HB 4190) could make it more difficult to connect these children with a family. The measures would allow state-funded adoption agencies to deny placement based on "sincerely held" religious beliefs.
  • Susan Grettenberger, NASW-Michigan Vice President of Social Policy testifies before the Senate Families, Seniors, and Human Services Committee against HB4188, 4189, 4190. (April 2015)




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