"Social workers are the implementation arm of public policy. We support and carry out the values of the larger society.
We work with people to beat the odds instead of trying to change the odds (that is, change the social structure), partly because we benefit from the social structure as it is.
Do we feel the social structure is in need of change? If we think the structure is oppressive, do we have the tools to achieve social change and reform?
If we are funded by the federal government, then it limits our opportunity to challenge it. As a contractor, we become an extension of the public agency - we are an extension of government.
As an example of this, social workers were involved in the Mexican-American repatriation process of the 30s and 40s and the processing/screening of Japanese-Americans in interment camps.
Professions exists to advance members."