About NOFSW

Mission Statement: To support the professional development of our members by

  • constructing and maintaining forensic standards and best practices
  • producing quality materials for interdisciplinary forensic education and practice
  • advocating for court-involved children, youth, adults, and families

Vision Statement: The National Organization of Forensic Social Work endeavors to advance social justice through the interprofessional collaboration of human service and legal systems.

NOFSW Anti-Racism Statement:

The National Organization of Forensic Social Work joins in solidarity with other professional practice organizations in standing together with widespread communities working to address and dismantle racism.  And we grieve the recent events in Ferguson, Cleveland, New York, Phoenix, Saratoga Springs, Sanford, and elsewhere.  Because of our unique work with legal systems, we wrestle with their (and thus, our) perpetuation of structural oppression, dis-empowerment, and violence.  We also recognize that legal systems can help protect the vulnerable, care for the maltreated, and advocate for the voiceless.  So, it is in this vein that we stand with those working towards promoting just, anti-racist, and empowering change.To that end, we continue in our commitment to prepare social workers and allied professionals to:

  • Dismantle racism and challenge institutionalized prejudice and oppression while supporting those most affected by these practices
  • Engage in critical personal and institutional reflection and examination and foster collaborative dialogue to address racism across the various systems of power and privilege, oppression, and discrimination
  • Work toward system, policy, and practice reform to ensure “justice for all”

click here for a copy of the 2015 NOFSW Annual Report.