Social Workers: Helping Families in Crisis through Foster Care

NASW Focuses on National Foster Care Month

Washington, DC – More than 513,000 American children are in foster care because their own families are in crisis and are unable to provide for their essential well-being.  Working closely with these children and their families are more than 168,000 social workers who have dedicated themselves to these vulnerable children.

The National Association of Social Workers, with Casey Family Programs and other partner organizations, highlight the important work of social workers and the increasing need for a safe, stable and nurturing environment for children during National Foster Care Month.

“Many times, social workers are seen as a stable adult in the lives of children in foster care,” says NASW Executive Director Elizabeth Clark, PhD, ACSW, MPH.  “Social workers have the right training and education to help children and families find the permanent connections they need.”

National Foster Care Month – celebrated in May – highlights the need of children and youth who need to be in foster care until they can either safely reunite with their parents or establish other lifelong family relationships.  Social workers work with children, biological parents, foster parents, adoptive parents and kinship care to ensure the proper placement for all children in care.

On Capitol Hill, NASW continues to support a strong federal role in, and adequate funding for, child welfare programs such as the Promoting Safe and Stable Families Program, the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program, and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program (TANF).  NASW concentrates its efforts on promoting policies that protect the best interests of children, including the use of qualified staff and reasonable workloads that permit adequate contact with children and families.

For more information about social workers’ role in foster care, working with children and families, please click here.

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