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About NASW-NC Advocacy



"There's power in me." - Jane Addams   

NASW-NC recognizes and stresses the importance of legislative advocacy by professional social workers. The actions of the US Congress and the North Carolina General Assembly often affect the practice of social work and the clients social workers serve.


NASW membership provides social workers with advocacy and policy updates from both the National office and the NC state chapter office. For more information on federal legislation, issue briefs, and national advocacy, visit NASW Advocacy!


Policy affects practice and practitioners affect policy.

Who is our Lobbyist?

NASW-NC has a Director of Advocacy, Policy and Legislation who lobbies for NASW-NC members at the NC General Assembly. Our Director of Advocacy, Policy and Legislation, Kay Castillo, reviews legislation that is introduced each day to assess its possible impact on social workers and our clients, and takes appropriate action. Learn more about lobbying in North Carolina. NASW-NC also introduces new legislation. Much of NASW-NC's social policy legislative work is done through coalitions. In what Coalitions is NASW-NC involved? 

How NASW-NC Advocates for You and Your Clients:

As a member benefit, NASW-NC has a full time lobbyist on staff. 


  • Tracks legislation that is introduced during session that affects the social work profession by speaking with legislators and working with other interested groups and lobbyists
  • Regularly attends meetings at the legislative building whether session is meeting or adjourned to stay involved with issues that legislators address
  • Attends monthly Coalition meetings to stay on top of issues that affect the profession
  • Responds to member calls and emails about issues that are pressing and works to influence policy regarding those concerns
  • Staff contact for our Legislative Committee and PACE Committees

Stay informed on what Legislative changes are happening in North Carolina!

Get Involved:

Legislative Committee

NASW-NC has its own Legislative Committee, comprised of volunteer members who are charged with developing NASW-NC's Legislative Agenda. But we also need your help to advocate for your profession and clients.Contact Kay Castillo with any questions or input on NASW-NC's legislative focus!

PACE Committee

NASW-NC also has its own political action committee known as NC-PACE (Political Action for Candidate Election). This committee helps elect candidates to public office who support legislation and policies consistent with the goals of the social work profession and the needs of those who are served by the social work profession in North Carolina.



Get involved with our Coalitions.


Social Work Advocacy Day and General Assembly Visits

Attend our next NASW-NC Social Work Advocacy Day. If you'd like to visit and tour the North Carolina General Assembly with our Director of Advocacy, Policy and Legislation, please contact Kay Castillo.

Virtual Resources

Social Work and Politics in North Carolina - Read about social workers who are state, county and municipal  elected officials; lobbyists; and advocates for the social work profession.


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