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Peace and Blessings!

Thank you for visiting the website of the Richmond Association of Black Social Workers (RABSW). Our organization was founded in 1971 and is an affiliate chapter of The National Association of Black Social Workers, Inc.


We are comprised of professional social workers and others of African ancestry who are committed to advocating for social change, justice, and enhancing the well-being of black people throughout the City of Richmond and surrounding counties.


The work of our organization is guided by our code of ethics and grounded in African-centered principles. Our aim is to build a network of practitioners, researchers, scholars, and community members that will leverage relationships, share knowledge, and utilize their skills for the benefit of those we serve.

We appreciate your interest in our organization and encourage you to visit our site for information, updates, and other important events. Remember, we are here to serve!

Harambee (Let us pull together),


Ashley Waddell, LCSW 


Richmond Association of Black Social Workers

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