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NASW South Dakota Chapter Mission

The mission of the National Association of Social Workers, South Dakota Chapter is:

  • To strengthen and unify the profession of Social Work within South Dakota
  • To develop, promote and protect the practice of Social Work in South Dakota
  • To advance sound and equitable social policy through advocacy for individuals, families, and communities
  • To support and participate in the mission and purposes of the National Association of Social Workers.

NASW National Mission

NASW is a membership organization with a dual mission to:

  • Promote, develop, and protect the practice of social work and social workers; and
  • Seek to enhance the effective functioning and well-being of individuals, families, and communities through its work and through its advocacy.

Created in 1955 through a merger of seven social work organizations, the National Association of Social Workers is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world. The Association is comprised of 135,000 members, who are required to agree to and sign the NASW Code of Ethics upon joining.

NASW’s 56 chapters consist of the following: 50 state chapters, an international chapter, and five additional chapters in Guam, New York City, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Washington, D.C.