A perennial dilemma for social work professionals is how to discharge their obligation, outlined in the Code of Ethics, to assist the individual and family, while at the same time addressing negative environmental factors which bear on them. Professionals and business people—positive role models—have left the ghettos. So have employers and industry. The concentration of crime, drug traders and users, and the inexorable rise in AIDS is isolating these communities farther from the mainstream of our society. The educator of current and future "family preservationists" will also need to imbue professionals with a commitment to participate in social change. They will need to give them practical examples of how a harried professional and administrator can discharge this obligation. Therapists, practitioners, and administrators help strengthen families and thereby conserve our society. Advocates help make the quality of that society's life worth the effort to save it.