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What is Advocacy?

Advocacy is the act of arguing on behalf of a particular issue, idea or person. Individuals, organizations, businesses, and governments can engage in advocacy. Advocating for an idea can include a wide range of subjects and can be as broad as social justice or environmental advocacy. 
NASW-MD Goals of Advocacy:
            Mission Statement:
NASW-MD through advocacy, education, and collaboration with diverse stakeholders and guided by its Code of Ethics will:
-         Promote social justice
-         Promote the Social Work Profession
-         Support professional development of Social Workers and
-         Advance professional Social Work standards
Legislative Activity as a Form of Advocacy
Writing legislation, working to pass or defeat legislation, and working to elect or defeat certain candidates can all be forms of advocacy.
Importance of Advocacy
A large portion of the legislation brought before both the state and national legislatures involves the concern of Social Work. Whether it is a bill that applies directly to the Profession of Social Work, or it simply involves a social issue, NASW has some interest in most legislation. NASW-MD does not only advocate for the issues pertaining to the profession of Social Work, but also focuses largely on the social issues that impact the people who social workers work for. Through advocacy, NASW-MD is able to give voice to the social problems of those who may be unable to represent themselves. 


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