Nancy Guardia is a licensed clinical social worker and a member of the National Association of Social Workers. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelors in Counseling in Adoption and Foster Care and also served for years as a foster parent to children with emotional special needs.


Ms. Guardia received her Masters in Social Work from Rhode Island College. She has been a field supervisor for MSW students from Smith College and Springfield College.

She specializes in working with survivors of trauma (child abuse, domestic violence, clergy abuse and combat veterans). She has also worked as a Massachusetts Department of Public Health Certified Batterers Intervention Program Leader.


After experiencing serious retaliation from her employer for reporting child abuse to the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, Ms. Guardia worked with MA Senator  Dan Wolf to draft state Senate Bill S.108, “An Act protecting persons who provide information to protect children.” (The MA Chapter of NASW endorsed this legislation, but it has been held in the Joint Committee on Children & Families).


Ms. Guardia has done extensive research on the need to reform child maltreatment law. She has been published in the Chronicle of Social Change ("Mandated Reporters: Protection Does Not Weaken Accountability") and co-wrote an article in Social Work Today on mandated child abuse reporting with Dr. Franne Sippel ("Retaliation Toward Child Abuse Reporters").




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