The National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW) is mandated by our mission to advocate for Black people. The position papers are our important tool for NABSW membership and the broader community to be informed on the issues from NABSW's perspective. Local chapters are encouraged to utilize these papers to advocate for policies and procedures that preserve African American families.
Finally, NABSW acknowledges and thanks the researchers, writers and editors for this important work.
In the Spirit of Harambee
Dr. Gloria Batiste-Roberts
Cheikh Ahmadou Banba Mbacké
Sharon Holmes Thomas
Office of Student Affairs Coordinator
For more information or to obtain copies of these position statements, please contact:
National Association of Black Social Workers, Inc.
2305 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20020
We would like to thank the following individuals for their leadership and contributions to ensuring the success of this endeavor. Their hard work and commitment is greatly appreciated and acknowledged as significant and relentless.
Members of the NABSW Steering Committee
Members of the NABSW Ad Hoc Committee on Proposed Welfare Reform Legislation
Dr. Sandra Edmonds Crewe, Dr. Shirley Better, Dr. Belinda Bruster , Dr. Charles Howard
Dr. Douglas Glasgow
Members of the Robert L. Little Kinship Care Roundtable
Zelma S. Smith, Chairperson; NABSW National Kinship Care Task Force
Jacqueline Bailey Kidd and J. Toni Oliver, Robert L. Little Kinship Roundtable Conveners
Cretora Barnett, Beatrice Broomfield, Joan Coleman, Ollie Collier-Jones, Ph.D., James Craigen,
Vivian Drayton, Brenda J. Hart, Robert B. Hill, Ph.D., Sondra M. Jackson, DSW, Cheryl Larrier,
Evelyn Mason, Sharon McDaniel, Ph.D., Abdul-Rahman Muhammad, Leora Neal, Zena Oglesby,
Walter Perkins, Regina Prince, Terry Solomon, Cynthia Willard, Annetta E. Wilson, Marcia Williams
Alvin Dollar and Carolyn Phillips, Co-Chairs, Task Force on Family, School and Community Violence
Leonard G. Dunston,National Political Advisor
G. Rosaline Preudhomme, Co-Chair, National Conference
Stephen Broyles, Member
The National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW) has over a three-decade commitment to preserving communities of African ancestry through the strengths and richness of African culture. While the organization has been largely known for its stance on transracial adoption, the position has been distorted and misunderstood for almost two decades. This publication represents a desire to ensure an understanding of NABSW's position on preserving families and a range of other policy issues of importance. It gives readers a chance to understand our stance on issues and beliefs as an organization through our collective voice.
Each position paper provides background data on the topic area, selected policy issues to consider, and specific policy recommendations. The papers have been constructed to understand NABSW's thinking and perspectives of critical policy issues. Forthcoming position papers will focus on topic areas, such as HIV/AIDS, criminal and juvenile justice, and youth development.
This publication has been written again to provide clarification and understanding of NABSW's policy recommendations. The papers can also be utilized in the following ways:
- To assist NABSW chapters and members in advocacy endeavors on the local, state, and national levels;
- To educate students about diverse perspectives of public policy issues;
- To host discussions around diverse perspectives of policy issues; and,
- To assist in program and policy development.
Ultimately, the publication serves as a tool for the advancement of a progressive policy agenda centered in the beliefs and philosophies of NABSW. We would like to thank President Jackson for her diligence in ensuring the outcome of this endeavor and we look forward to increasing our number of position papers on critical social policy issues. Asante Sana
In the Spirit and Joy of Harambee,
Tricia B. Bent-Goodley, Ph.D. and Iris B. Carlton-LaNey, Ph.D.,