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Welcome to Association of Black Social Workers of Greater Los Angeles

The Association of Black Social Workers of Greater Los Angeles (ABSWGLA) is a local component of the state and national organization that provides a structure and forum through which Black Social Workers and those in related fields can exchange ideas, offer services and develop programs in the interest of the black community. It is a non-profit organization, consisting of professionals and community workers who make their skills available to individuals, groups and agencies for the alleviation of the numerous problems confronting the black community. ABSW-GLA was formed in May 1968. Once a year, the National Association Conference convenes to coordinate community activities and address issues that beset black Americans everywhere.

  • – Our Mission –

To listen to the stories at the feet of our elders whose vision culminated in an agency (The Institute for Black Parenting) that for twenty five years addressed the needs of African American children in need of permanent homes; the vision to address issues by opening our doors to the community to discuss social and economic concerns of the time; to hear the stories of a small group risking their economic security to purchase a place ABSW-GLA has called home for 40 years; to witness new generations of social workers come through the doors seeking mentorship, training, and a deeper understanding of how to serve African Americans and communities of color.


A Founder

Barbara Williams, Horace Austin, Shirley Better, Leonard Mackerel, and Georgia Parks to community action. The first meeting to form ABSW was held at City Central Mental Health Clinic in April 1968.

Code of Ethics

If a sense of community awareness is a pre-condition to humanitarian acts, then we as Black social workers must use our knowledge of the Black community, our commitments to its self-determination….


Membership (and attendance at meetings and conferences) is available to individuals of African Descent who have a strong commitment to the social welfare of the Black Community, regardless of ….


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