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About This Journal

The Journal of Family Strengths (JFS), formerly Family Preservation Journal, is an open-access, peer-reviewed online journal produced by the CHILDREN AT RISK Institute in partnership with the Center for Family Strengths at the University of Houston-Downtown and the The TMC Library. JFS is devoted to presenting theoretical, practice, and evaluation articles on the strengths perspective in family-centered practice to improve services that promote and sustain family systems. The journal is lead by Co-Editors-in-Chief Angelo Giardino, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, Robert Sanborn, Ed.D., William V. Flores, Ph.D., E. Christopher Lloyd, Ph.D., LCSW as well as an Editorial Board comprised of senior-level academics with expertise in family strengthening.

The journal’s goal is to facilitate family, worker, supervisor, educator and agency interchange. The overall goal is to promote research and evaluation, and to disseminate information for best practices that support family centered practice. These services may include: child welfare, mental health, substance abuse, juvenile justice, developmentally challenged, schools, health care, elders, and other social welfare services. The journal provides a forum for practitioners, program designers, administrators, researchers and educators to present and critically review programs, policies, practice methods and research findings from a family strengths perspective. The journal is intended to positively impact the form and type of services provided with families.