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Social Workers honor William C. Bell with the International Rhoda G. Sarnat Award - NASW Foundation celebrates Bell’s achievements at April 22 reception

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Washington – The National Association of Social Workers Foundation (NASWF) is proud to recognize William C. Bell, MSW, president and CEO of Casey Family Programs, with the 2007 International Rhoda G. Sarnat Award.

The International Rhoda G. Sarnat Award is given to an individual, group, or organization that has significantly advanced the public image of professional social work. This monetary prize is made possible from an endowment fund established by a generous contribution in 1996 from distinguished social worker Rhoda G. Sarnat, LCSW and Bernard Sarnat, MD.

“For more than 25 years, William Bell has been a tireless advocate for the welfare of children and an exemplary representative of social work values,” says Elizabeth Clark, PhD, ACSW, MPH, president of NASWF.  “His work has taken him from direct service to management to  leadership and policy making in foster care and child welfare.”

William Bell is one of America’s leading experts in the foster care and child welfare community.  As President and CEO of Casey Family Programs since 2006, he has led the largest foundation with a mission focused on providing and improving foster care – and ultimately preventing the need for foster care.  Through their 2020 vision, Casey Family Programs’ strategy is to enact comprehensive change to the foster care and child welfare systems.  The primary goal of this initiative is to ensure that every child has a safe, permanent family.

Mr. Bell received the 2007 International Rhoda G. Sarnat Award at a celebration honoring him on April 22 in Seattle.

Before joining Casey Family Programs, Mr. Bell served as Commissioner of the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) in New York City, where he managed Child Protection, Foster Care, Child Abuse Prevention, Day Care, Head Start, Child Support Enforcement, Financial Services and Legal Services.  He was responsible for a staff of more than 7,500 employees and a budget of approximately $2.4 billion.

“Mr. Bell’s high visibility role gives him a national platform from which to share the social work perspective,” says Celeste Carey, MSW, president of the NASW Washington State Chapter.  “By representing social work at the highest levels, he contributes greatly to enhancing the public’s perception of the social work profession.”

Mr. Bell received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Delta State University and received a Master of Social Work from Hunter College School of Social Work.  He is a current Doctor of Social Welfare Candidate at Hunter College School of Social Work.

Mr. Bell uses the national platform afforded by his position with Casey Family Programs to unfailingly advance the needs of vulnerable children and their families, to promote improvement in child welfare policies and systems, and to ceaselessly advocate for support for social workers and the social work profession.
It’s with great honor that the National Association of Social Workers Foundation recognizes William C. Bell, MSW with the 2007 International Rhoda G. Sarnat Award.

To interview Mr. Bell, please contact NASW Communications at media@naswdc.org.  For more information about the NASW Foundation or awards, please contact NASWF via e-mail at naswfoundation@naswdc.org.


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