The Journal of Family Strengths (JFS), formerly Family Preservation Journal, is an open-access, double-blind peer-reviewed online journal produced by the CHILDREN AT RISK Institute in partnership with the Texas Juvenile Crime Prevention Center - Prairie View A&M University and The TMC Library. JFS is devoted to presenting theoretical, policy, practice, and evaluation articles on the strengths perspective in family-centered practice to improve services that promote and sustain family systems.

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See the new Call for Papers released February 19, 2020!

Current Issue: Volume 19, Issue 1 (2019) The Impact of Hurricanes on Children and Families and Interconnected Systems

Reflections From the Special Issue Editors



The Louisiana Spirit Hurricane Recovery Program: Addressing the Needs of Children and Adolescents after Catastrophic Hurricanes
Melissa J. Brymer, Tonya Hansel, Alan M. Steinberg, Anthony Speier, Joy Osofsky, and Howard Osofsky


Stay or Go! Challenges for Hispanic Families Preceding Hurricanes: Lessons Learned
Melinda L. Lewis PhD; Paula T. Rappe MSW, LCSW; Linda K. Tierney MSW; and Janet D. Albury MSW


The Hurricane Exposure, Adversity, and Recovery Tool (HEART): Developing and Validating a Risk Screening Instrument for Youth Exposed to Hurricane Harvey
Cody G. Dodd Ph.D.; Ryan M. Hill Ph.D.; Benjamin Oosterhoff Ph.D.; Christopher M. Layne Ph.D.; and Julie B. Kaplow Ph.D., A.B.P.P.


Project Reach: Implementation of Evidence-Based Psychotherapy Within Integrated Healthcare for Hurricane Harvey Affected Individuals
Lynn M. Hana B.S., Sandra L. Cepeda B.S., Catherine C. Christian B.E., Sophie C. Schneider Ph.D., Ashley M. Shaw Ph.D., Jill Ehrenreich-May Ph.D., Alison Salloum Ph.D., Laurel Williams D.O., Asim A. Shah M.D., and Eric A. Storch Ph.D.


Implementation of a Multi-Phase, Trauma-Focused Intervention Model Post-Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico: Lessons Learned from the Field Using a Community Based Participatory Approach
Rosaura Orengo-Aguayo, Regan W. Stewart, Michael A. de Arellano, Freddie A. Pastrana, Bianca T. Villalobos, Karen G. Martínez-González, Joy Lynn Suárez-Kindy, and Melissa Brymer


Hurricanes and Indigenous Families: Understanding connections with discrimination, social support, and violence on PTSD
Catherine E. McKinley, Jenn Miller Scarnato, Jessica Liddell, Hannah Knipp, and Shanondora Billiot

Perspectives from the Field