• Patty Kukor advocating for school social workers with Senator Richard Blumenthal and Senator Chris Murphy.
  • CASSW Board members meeting at the Clifford Beers Clinic
    New Haven, CT.
  • On the steps of the Clifford Beers Clinic in New Haven, CT.
  • SSWAA Executive Director (middle) and SSWAA's Government Relations Team, SSWAA Summer Institute, Alexandria, VA.
  • CASSW Board member Patty Kukor and SSWAA Executive Director, Frederick Streeck, at Senator Richard Blumenthal's office, Capitol Hill, for legislative advocacy,
  • School Social Workers from various states at SSWAA Summer Institute, Alexandria, VA.
  • Board member, Regina Karas, representing CASSW at the SSWAA Delegate Assembly, Chicago, Illinois.

Our Mission Statement

Our mission is to promote the educational and professional growth of members to ensure that the highest standards of practice are upheld. We advocate for our members, schools, and students to impact legislation that will improve the delivery of school social work services and enhance the education of all children.



CASSW was organized over 35 years ago to promote the professional growth and effectiveness of school social work in Connecticut and to support school social workers throughout the state. Share with us any ideas or suggestions that will continue to better inform all school social workers. CASSW is alive and well and continues its commitment to support you in the wonderful work that you do on behalf of Connecticut's children. The CASSW Board of Directors meets monthly and welcomes attendance of members and those seeking to become more involved.

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CASSW has developed a document which will provide school social workers with self-advocacy skills and the tools with which to educate the communities in which they live and work. In highlighting the importance of school social work services and encouraging school social workers to provide anecdotal experiences illustrating their impact, it is hoped that this toolkit will facilitate the process of informing school district administrators, boards of education, elected representatives and the media of the necessity for and value of school social work services.
By increasing the visibility and understanding of school social work practice throughout Connecticut, it is expected that an expansion of access to school social work services throughout the state will evolve. 
Please click here to get "Connecticut School Social Worker - Survival Kit".
This website is dedicated to the legacy of Patricia Kukor.

After a brief, but terminal illness, her untimely death on November 24, 2015 at UCONN Health Center, has saddened the hearts and lives of all who knew her. Her passion for the school social work profession impacted the students and families with whom she worked. Colleagues, district professionals, and students from Mt. St. John’s Academy have all paid tribute to her.

She was warm and passionate about life with a gift of laughter. Patty was a special person who touched every one she encountered. She was known to be extremely dedicated to her 'kids' and was highly respected by her colleagues and friends.

Patty earned her bachelor's degree from Boston College and her MSW from UConn. She was a member of School Social Work Association of America, NASW, and worked tirelessly on behalf of CASSW. One of her most fulfilling professional experiences was participating in the Summer Leadership Institute which she attended in 2001, 2012, and most recently this past summer. Her meeting with Senators Blumenthal and Senator Murphy at a special coffee hour convened for Connecticut constituents visiting Capitol Hill was a special moment for her. Patty’s passion for advocacy and advancing the profession was tireless.

She collaborated with Steve Karp, Executive Director of NASW during the summer and convened several meetings dedicated to advocating on behalf of the Avon School Social Workers whose jobs were abruptly eliminated last June. Though she denied wanting the title of president of CASSW, she unofficially was our leader. She maintained her role on the board most recently as our treasurer.

She leaves behind her mother, Mrs. Jesse Kukor, her brother, John Kukor, and sister, Rosemary Poortent. Donations in her memory can be made to the SSWAA Endowment Fund or to Mt. St. John Academy in Deep River, CT.


CASSW's mission is to promote and advocate for school social workers in the State of Connecticut.  School social worker jobs have been threatened in several Connecticut school districts. Some have been eliminated through attrition; in other cases, such as in the Avon School District, four school social workers were terminated and replaced by school psychologists.

These examples events signal a significant concern and a reminder of the ongoing need to protect the future of our profession.  

CASSW supports the position of our national organization, the School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA), which promotes the teaming  school social workers, school counselors, and school psychologists as best practice.  As we all know, the needs of students have increased and grown more complex, requiring a multidisciplinary approach to service delivery.

CASSW is preparing a School Social Worker Survival Kit to assist school social workers in advocating for their jobs.  The Survival Kit will soon be distributed to you and available on our website, CASSW.org.  In addition, we will continue to collaborate with the National Association of Social Work (NASW)/ CT chapter to promote and strengthen school social workers throughout the state.   NASW also has materials available on their website for you to access in participating in Social Work Awareness Month in March.

The notice of the firing of the Avon school social workers reached us too late to proactively respond.  

Please make sure to contact CASSW as soon as possible if at any time you suspect that your district is considering reducing or eliminating school social work positions.   


 Interested in supporting School Social Work in CT? 

Join us at our
monthly meetings - 5:00 PM 

Clifford Beers Clinic
35 Edwards Street
New Haven, CT

 For more information:

contact Libby Sideriadis at lasideriadis@gmail.com

Becoming a member of CASSW has many benefits that include:

  • Announcements of CASSW sponsored conferences

  • Opportunities to earn CEUs at regional workshops and conferences.

  • Discounted membership to SSWAA.

  • Clinical supervision for LCSW licensure available upon request

  • Regional Representatives available for consultation and support

  • Regional Meetings to facilitate networking and sharing of information

  • Tracking and monitoring of legislation affecting our profession

  • Use of an interactive website.

  • Links to relevant information and resources

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