NASW-TN Children & Families Connection

July 2020 Newsletter
Welcome to NASW-TN’s e-newsletter. This monthly publication is designed to support your work with children & families in Tennessee. Monthly issues are emailed to our members and shared with the public through our Facebook page and website. Each issue includes a theme for that month, the latest information and research related to children & families, as well as tools and resources you can use in your practice.
Voting rights are a critical issue for the National Association of Social Workers. We hope you find the resources in this newsletter helpful for you in your work and that you will join with NASW in supporting the importance of voting and voter engagement.

Participating in elections is important, because those elected will ultimately determine the policies that affect us all. Elections are the foundation of democracy. Yet many who are young, not white, poor, and less educated are disproportionately unlikely to vote. Increasing voter participation for these groups, many of whom may be the clients of social workers, is important as those elected will make decisions on policies that affect lives of society's most vulnerable populations.
Other Important Websites
A nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

This guide provides Tennesseans with up-to-date information on when to register, your voting rights, and general election information.
Visit this site to:
  • Verify the election schedule for the primary and general election
  • View a list of state and federal candidate.
  • Complete online voter registration
  • Verify your voter registration
  • Voting absentee information
  • Locate your local election commission to verify your local polling place
  • Apply to be a Poll official
  • Download GoVoteTN Voter App. and
  • View election results after the primary and general elections conclude.

The National Social Work Voter Mobilization Campaign began in 2016 with the first launch of this important website. Check out this site to find tools and information to help you bring nonpartisan voter registration, education and outreach to your practice, your classroom and your agency.
Tennessee Chapter and the Coalition of Black Social Workers are proud to present a new series to address Anti-Racism. Please visit workshop descriptions, presenter bios and registration information.

NASW Tennessee Chapter Award Winner Spotlight
NASW-TN regrets the delay in hosting our Annual Awards ceremony that was originally scheduled for March 24 at Social Work Day on the Hill. We are pleased to feature our outstanding award winners in specific categories through this and other issues of Children and Families Connection .
Congratulations to our Public Officials of the Year
Commissioner Katherlyn Geter has received the Local Public Official of the Year Award for her outstanding service and contributions of a governmental official who has shown leadership in particular to policies that affect social justice, health care, education, civil and human rights and social practice. Ms. Geter is the District 5, Hamilton County Tennessee Commissioner since September 2018
Senator Sara Kyle has received the State Public Official of the Year award because of her commitment to equal rights for all citizens and her leadership for public policies that support social justice, criminal justice reform, and the rights of women and children. Senator Kyle serves Tennessee’s 30th District in the State Senate and has done so since she was elected in 2014. 
Senator Kyle was honored in 2017 for her advocacy work on women’s issues AS A "Woman of Courage" by the National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC). 
Free civil legal help is available through resources provided by Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services.Visit or call 1-844-HELP4TN to talk to an experienced Tennessee attorney for free legal advice and referrals.
NASW, Tennessee Chapter helps support the inclusion of information on social services through this website.
Free, one-stop resource for TN families to raise healthy and happy kids. kidcentral tn features articles on health, education, development and more. It also includes a searchable directory for state-sponsored services for children &families.

The site is maintained by the Tennessee Commission and Children and Youth.