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Social Worker Awareness Campaign

Overview: Providing Services on the Run

Children's Services Committee Plans Social Worker Awareness Campaign

Social Workers, Foster Kids and Community Suggest Issues

SB 2030 Findings

Special Reports

Dependency Court Overwhelmed

Social Worker Meltdown Series

Protecting Children, Restoring Families, It takes Time


July 2001
Crisis in Transitional Services for Foster Youth -- Independent Living Programs Make a Difference

Housing Is A Major Problem

Leonard Moncure and Jennifer

From Homeless to College Graduate

The social worker may be the only one you can trust

Kathy Garcia: I try to be that one adult a child can feel safe talking to.

February 2001
Assemblywoman Dion Aroner "The union needs to take leadership in providing best practices for taking care of kids and families"

Making a Difference, Jacob Ocampo takes social work to the community

September 2000
Social Worker Awareness Campaign

Riding Along with Bilingual Worker Frederick Machado

Social Worker Heartbeat

February 2000
Are Social Workers Entitled to a Life?
Just Say No to Excessive Overtime


October 1997
Caseload State of Emergency

CWS/CMS Computer Crashes Child Welfare System

Seeing Through The CWS/CMS Mess

February 1997
Adoptions:Parent v. Child

Los Angeles County:Working in the Adoption Factory

Creating New Families

June 1996
Kathleen Schormann and the Unquiet Death of Lance Helms

Family Reunification Workers Speak Out


SEIU Local 535 Dragon--Voice of  the Union-- American Federation of Nurses & Social Services Unioin

Final Report on Social Worker Shortage Released
Letter from Dion Aroner and UC School of Social Welfare Dean James Midgley

Download report in pdf format

June 20, 2003

Dear Colleague:

During the 2001-2002 legislative session, the Assembly Human Services Committee held a series of hearings on the issue of the shortage of social workers here in California. These hearings were a joint effort of the committee and all of the schools of social work in the state, as well as the National Association of Social Workers and organized labor. The individuals who testified covered a broad range of social work perspectives and practices. Topics included: 1. What is the size of the shortage? 2. Where is the shortage? 3. What are the effects of the shortage on systems and clients? 4. Are there models out there for increasing the number of social workers? 5. What are the skills sets that might be required of future social workers and where should they be taught?

The enclosed report documents the hearings. It was prepared by Kirsten Deichert, then staff to the committee. We think it is time to circulate it to all the stakeholders, individuals and organizations who participated in the hearings. The report contains a number of suggestions to increase the production of new social work staff for both the public and private sectors.

Following the hearings, the Legislature passed a resolution calling for the development of a Master Plan for Social Work Education to be submitted to the Legislature by January, 2004. It also called upon the schools of social welfare to increase their enrollments. We are now moving forward in response to those requests. We appreciate your interest in this subject matter and will continue to update you on future findings and progress. If you should have any questions, please contact Sara Brooks, Graduate Student Researcher, at s_brooks@uclink.berkeley.edus_brooks@uclink.berkeley.edu.

*If you have any difficulty reading the letter or report, please contact Ann Gilbert at swdean@uclink.berkeley.edu.

Dion S. Aroner
Legislator in Residence
University of California, Berkeley

James Midgley
Dean and Specht Professor
School of Social Welfare
University of California, Berkeley