California Social Work Hall of Distinction: A Force for Positive Social Change

Advocating for Children and Youth

Social workers advocate for children, youth and families, by working to advance legislation, change policies, and help families deal with and overcome abuse, poverty, and homelessness. They provide mental health care and work to enrich children's relationships and experiences, focusing on how family and home factors, community and societal problems, and economic issues can impact physical and mental health. The social workers featured in this section are administrators, advocates and experts in child welfare, creating innovative programs, educating communities, and providing care for vulnerable children and youth. 

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