Social Action

NAPSW Position Statement on United States Immigration Policy - June 2018

The National Association of Perinatal Social Workers (NAPSW) joins our fellow organizations including the American Psychological Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, National Association of Social Workers, National Perinatal Association and many others in their condemnation of the “zero tolerance” immigration policy being enforced by the current presidential administration.  It the duty and ethical responsibility to address this harmful policy and rally perinatal social workers to speak out against acts sanctioned by policy.

The NAPSW Code of Ethics (2017) deems it a social worker’s imperative to “seek to prevent and eliminate discrimination against any person or group on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, political belief, mental/emotional/physical disability and/or any other personal characteristic or status.” Social work’s ethical principles include: 1) service: to help people in need and address social problems, 2) social justice: to challenge social injustices, and 3) dignity and worth of the person: to respect the inherent dignity and worth of persons.  The current immigration policy of separating children from their families require social workers to acknowledge these acts as dismissing the dignity and worth of others and identifying this act as a social injustice.  NAPSW implores its members, and other social workers, to act providing service to those in need and address this current social problem.  Social workers’ ethical responsibilities require commitment to clients, promotion of their well-being and recognizing strengths in all cultures through cultural awareness and social diversity

 It is through our Code of Ethics that social workers have a responsibility to the broader society.   The ethical duty of social welfare highlights the need to promote the general welfare of society.  The responsibility of public participation suggests that social workers should facilitate public participation in shaping social and institutional policy.  The ethical standard of social and political action allows social workers to ensure equal access to resources, employment, services, and opportunities.  Social workers have an obligation to advocate for public policies and legislation that support improvements in social conditions for families while promoting the integrity of the family unit.

NAPSW implores the Trump administration to work on active efforts to reunite those children that have already been separated from their families and to find a new solution to immigration reform that does not inflict trauma on to the families seeking refuge.  Although NAPSW focuses on psychosocial issues in the perinatal period, our unit of focus has always been families and their well-being.  The mission of NAPSW is to maximize healthy outcomes for families.  Separating children from their families, solely based on immigration status, is counterproductive to the mission of NAPSW.  Therefore, NAPSW does not support recent immigration policy of separating families.  In addition, NAPSW is urging its members to engage in advocacy and service efforts to oppose policies that harm all families. 


Mandy Wannarka, MSW, LICSW

Advocacy Chair


JaNeen Cross, DSW, MBA, MSW, LCSW

NAPSW President


Preventing Child Maltreatment of Infants from the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU): Strengthening Maternal-Child Bonds

Please join NAPSW President JaNeen Cross, who will be moderating this important congressional briefing that identifies strategies to prevent child maltreatment of infants from the NICU. The briefing will enhance awareness about NICU families, identify their unique needs and review program and policy solutions that promote positive parenting outcomes. The briefing will highlight policies and legislation that can support NICU families.  This event is held in collaboration with the Congressional Social Work Caucus.  It is supported by: NASW Foundation, CSWE, NAPSW, & New York Community Trust. Click here to download the flyer and learn more. Please RSVP by June 21st. 

Date:        June 27, 2017
Time:       12:00 pm-1:30 pm
Location: Cannon House Office Building (RM 121)
                 27 Independence Avenue SE
                 Washington, DC 20003

Click Here to RSVP 

Issue Brief on Prevention and Public Health: 911 for America’s Health The Dire Impact of the American Health Care Act on Prevention and Public Health

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This issue brief from the Trust for America's Health outlines the threats to public health and prevention services that would be faced if the ACHA becomes law and urges the U.S. Senate to change the provisions in the ACHA that eliminate the Prevention and Public Health Fund and which would allow states to opt-out of the requirement to provide access to evidence based clinical preventive services. These cuts would directly impact major health crises the country is facing including opioid related deaths to rising rates of diabetes to outbreaks such as Zika and Ebola. Click here to read the brief and learn more.  



NAPSW Partners With Little Lungs Campaign to Promote RSV Awareness

On April 21, 2017, NAPSW President JaNeen Cross participated in a RSV Patient Advocacy Ad Board to protect vulnerable infants from RSV. Promoting RSV awareness through the Little Lungs Campaign is identified as one of the next steps towards addressing this disease which is one of the leading causes of infant hospitalizations, and which disproportionately impacts preemies1,2.  The Little Lungs Campaign is about raising awareness of RSV, or respiratory syncytial [sin-sish-uhl] virus, particularly among expecting parents, new parents, and caregivers. Join the community of people helping to protect babies from this serious virus. Watch the video below to learn more about how to protect babies from RSV. Learn more about the campaign at the Little Lungs website and the Little Lungs Facebook page. Visit RSV Hospitalization to learn more about up-to-date key findings on RSV-related hospitalizations of preterm infants. Click here to read the results from the RSV Patient Advocacy Ad Board. 




  1. Hall CB, Weinberg GA, Iwane MK, Blumkin AK, Edwards KM, Staat MA, et al. The burden of respiratory syncytial virus infection in young children. N Engl J Med 2009; 360(6):588–598.
  2. Leader S, Kohlhase K. Recent trends in severe respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) among US infants, 1997 to 2000. J Pediatr 2003; 143(5 suppl):S127–132.




Webcast Opportunity from National Academy of Medicine: Establishing Clinician Well-Being as a National Priority — Meeting 1, Friday, July 14th 8am to 1 pm

To ensure high-quality patient care and build a more effective health system, we depend on a healthy, productive, and engaged clinician workforce. But, increasingly, U.S. health care providers are burned out. Our nation stands at a critical crossroads. Health care spending is at an all-time high, yet Americans are less healthy than peers in other high-income nations. The population is aging rapidly, and rates of chronic disease, obesity, and drug addiction are skyrocketing. We cannot reverse these trends without engaged and effective clinicians working in systems and cultures that support their career satisfaction and well-being.
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