This issue of the Journal of Family Strengths is an opportunity for a fresh start, as the Family Preservation Journal is renewed and revived under a new name and a new format. Still keen on being a definitive record on developments in family strengths and parenting, the Journal is devoted to presenting theory, practice and evaluation articles on the strengths perspective in family preservation practice, all to assure and improve services and programs that promote and sustain family systems.

Author Biography

Professor Sallee is Visiting Professor and Director of the University of Houston-Downtown, Center for Family Strengths www.uhd.edu/cfs. The Center provides training, research and technical assistance on family centered practice. He has authored and administrated over 50 grants and contracts totaling more than $15M, and he has authored or coauthored eight books and over 50 articles and reports. Professor Sallee is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers and is licensed as an Independent Social Worker. He has extensive experience at the national level including the National Association of Social Work Board of Directors, and the Association of Social Work Boards, with whom he helped write the licensing exams. Joining New Mexico State University in 1976, Professor Sallee served as the Academic Head of the NMSU Social Work Department for 18 years beginning the BSW and MSW programs and founding the Family Preservation Institute in 1990. In Houston, Professor Sallee serves as the UHD representative on the Homeless Youth Network executive committee, as a member of the Houston Community Coleman College for Health Sciences - Texas Medical Center advisory board for child abuse curriculum and the Research Institute of Children at Risk. At the state level, he has chaired two Family Policy Task Forces and the New Mexico Social Work Licensing Board and the Governor's Task Force on Social Work. He has served on the Mesilla Valley Hospital Board of Trustees and the Dona Ana County Child and Adolescent Collaborative Board. In 1994 he was hired by Texas to help develop a statewide Family Preservation program.

Angelo P. Giardino, MD, PhD, is the medical director of Texas Children’s Health Plan, a clinical professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, the Associate Chief for Academic General Pediatrics, Research, Texas Children's Hospital, an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Public Health at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, an attending physician on the Texas Children’s Hospital Child Protection Team, and a member of the forensic pediatrics service at the Children’s Assessment Center in Houston, Texas. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a member of the Academic Pediatrics Association and Texas Pediatric Society, where he serves on both the Child Abuse and Neglect Committee and the Children with Disabilities Committee. His academic accomplishments include publishing several textbooks on child abuse and neglect, presenting on a variety of pediatric topics at national and regional conferences, and serving on several national boards including the Board of Directors for Prevent Child Abuse America, the National Advisory Board of the Institute for Safe Families and the Advisory Board for Justice for Children.

Robert D. Sanborn, EdD, earned his undergraduate degree at Florida State University and his doctorate at Columbia University in New York City. Before entering the non-profit sector, he had a distinguished career in higher education at institutions such as Rice University and Hampshire College. He has worked and served as a senior leader with many organizations, always bringing with him a focus on innovation, collaborations with like-minded groups, resource-developing partnerships, and a belief that all children deserve extraordinary opportunities to succeed. Under his leadership, CHILDREN AT RISK has expanded its influence considerably. Notable achievements include launching the Public Policy and Law Center, CHILDREN AT RISK Institute and the Center to End Trafficking and Exploitation of Children, directing significantly increased media attention to the issues championed by the organization, and increasing the organizational capacity to drive macro-level change to improve the lives of Texas’ most defenseless children.