We are looking for students to assist us with drafting a proposal to the Congressional Social Work Caucus on Welfare and Entitlement Reform. Any student who is willing to work with us will receive co-authorship credit on the publication. Help us keep the tradition of social work having input in reforming programs that our profession implements.
March 1, 2013 is the deadline for Republicans and Democrats to reach a final budget. Social Safety Net programs for vulnerable populations are on the chopping block. I am the first one to agree that reform is needed, but should reform occur without input from the profession that implement those programs? The Social Work profession has not weighed in on any positions or recommendations for Congress to consider in crafting the reforms. When education and reduction to law enforcement budgets are on the chopping block, teachers and police are out lobbying for the protection of their profession. Where is social work? I am not willing to wait until someone else decides to take the lead because we have already reached the 11th hour. Help us make a difference.
Not one social work organization has developed a position paper or recommendations for our Congressional Social Work Caucus to get behind. Someone needs to speak up. I believe that if we have a tangible and thoughtful plan, we will get the support of our social work organizations.So, the team at Socialworkhelper.com has decided to develop a position paper for the Congressional Social Work Caucus while seeking support from various social work organizations. We are trying to mobilize resources quickly because we are on a tight clock. Our goal is to have a first draft together by Jan. 18th. We have created a think tank on the Socialworkhelper.com Network to make collaboration easier. If you are interested in helping to impact the future of our profession, you can join our Think Tank Group or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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I have attached this article which outlines the impact social workers had through out history drafting legislation to protect those who are most vulnerable: Social Workers Protesting in the Streets
“Do or Do not…There is no try” ~ Master Yoda
Deona Hooper, MSW