Special Issue Editor Katharine Briar-Lawson and Editor-in-Chief E. Christopher Lloyd introduce the special edition of Journal of Family Strengths, outlining key points surrounding family engagement, support, and capacity building for the 21st century.

Author Biography

Katharine Briar-Lawson is Dean and Professor in the School of Social Welfare at the University at Albany, SUNY. She is a national expert on family focused practice and child and family policy. Among her books (co-authored) are Family-Centered Policies & Practices: International Implications (2001), and (co-edited) Innovative Practices with Vulnerable Children and Families (2001), Evaluation Research in Child Welfare (2002), Charting the Impacts of University-Child Welfare Collaboration (2003), Social Work Research (2010), Social Work Practice Research (2010), and Globalization, Social Justice and the Helping Professions (2011), and The Children’s Bureau: Shaping a century of child welfare practices, programs and policies (2013). She co-chairs the Gerontological Task Force for the National Association for Deans and Directors and served as a past president. In addition, she is a Co-PI of the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute. E. Christopher Lloyd, PhD, is an associate professor of social work at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Dr. Lloyd earned his MA in clinical social work from the University of Chicago and his PhD in social work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His interests include child welfare, child development, early childhood, quantitative analytic methodologies, and services for children. He regularly presents his findings at conferences, and his papers appear in social work and medical journals. He recently led a federally funded project to improve communication and coordination between child welfare and early child care professionals. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Lloyd was a paramedic and later practiced clinical social work with mental health, corrections, and child welfare clients.