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Families in Society

Families in Society

The Journal of Contemporary Social Services
2016 Impact Factor: 0.444
2016 Ranking: 36/43 in Family Studies | 37/42 in Social Work
Source: 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017)

Sondra J. Fogel University of South Florida, USA

eISSN: 19451350 | ISSN: 10443894 Frequency: Quarterly

Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services has been a core journal in social work research for nearly 100 years. Stewarded by the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, Families in Society has an enduring focus on the art, science, and practice of social work, with specific emphasis on individuals and families and their communities.

Mary E. Richmond, a pioneer in the field and the founder of social casework, began the journal in 1920 to build a knowledge base for the first systematized approaches to the practice of social work. Over the years, the journal has had four titles:

  • The Family (1920-1946)
  • The Journal of Social Casework (1947-1949)
  • Social Casework (1950-1989)
  • Families in Society (1990 to present)

Families in Society covers the latest research findings, practice and theory advances, and policy review related to the complex challenges to everyday living that must be addressed via a person- and family-in-environment approach to well-being, opportunity, and adaptive systems change. The interdisciplinary readership of the journal represents social services, health care and behavioral/mental health, education, workforce development, housing, and many other allied fields.

The translational research of the journal prioritizes a knowledge-into-practice approach to learning and engagement, and readers can routinely interact with scholars and their peers via online and in-person presentations, professional development projects, and social media. This emphasis thus supports the social change impact the Alliance is working toward to benefit America’s families and their neighborhoods.

About Alliance for Strong Families and Communities:
Rooted in the historic cause of advancing equity for all people, the Alliance is a strategic action network of thousands of committed social sector leaders with a common vision to achieve a healthy and equitable society. The Alliance aggregates the very best sector knowledge and serves as an incubator for learning and innovation to generate new solutions to the toughest social problems. It accelerates change through dynamic leadership development and collective actions to ensure that policies and systems provide equal access and opportunity for health and well-being, educational success, economic opportunity, and safety and security.

As it works to expand the impact of its national network, the Alliance also pursues an agenda of systemic reform. It advances policy recommendations at the national and state levels, and strategically mobilizes its network to influence the systems and sectors that can together ensure that all people have the opportunity to live safe, healthy, and fulfilling lives.

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Families in Society focuses on the broad array of issues that relate to the capabilities of individuals, families, and communities, including consideration of the various biopsychosocial, economic, and cultural factors that affect functioning and well-being. Readers are informed of significant findings and trends through articles on research, policy and theory; direct-practice issues; and the delivery and management of services. In this regard, articles might be informative, instructive, reflective, or controversial.

The journal is receptive to many forms of inquiry including quantitative and qualitative. Beyond the relevance of the study itself, a major criterion for publication is the study’s applicability to practice and policy concerns and its accessibility to a variety of professionals in the social work field and related disciplines. Examples might include:

  • Issues in family and community social work, such as innovation in an outcomes-to-impact approach to working with families, elevating prevention in ecological practice, evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence paradigms, and culturally responsive practice and policy.
  • Service delivery, systems, and participant engagement. Topics related to the delivery of services are also relevant, such as person and family-centric programming, community engagement, training and supervision trends, legal and ethical issues, program evaluation and performance measures, policy development, technology associated with practice, and interdisciplinary and interagency practice.
  • Making practice better. Of particular interest are critical examinations on the state of the art, the strengths and challenges of professional practice, the adequacy of formal education, the limitations of social policy, ethics, and future needs. How can a true integration of data, theory, and practice—i.e., translational knowledge—be achieved?
Editorial Board
Anita P. Barbee University of Louisville, KY
Carenlee Barkdull University of North Dakota, USA
Richard K. Caputo Yeshiva University, New York, USA
Tamara Fuller University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, USA
Robert Leibson Hawkins New York University, USA
Mario Hernandez University of South Florida, USA
Heather Larkin The University of Texas at Austin, USA
Mary Sormanti Columbia University School of Social Work, USA
Fred Wulczyn University of Chicago, USA
Methodological Review Committee - Chair
David C. Kondrat Indiana University, USA
Methodological Review Committee
Hui Huang Florida International University, USA
Jeremiah W. Jaggers Indiana University, USA
Svetlana Yampolskaya University of South Florida, USA
Consulting Editors
Jeffrey Anderson Indiana University, USA
G. Brent Angell University of Windsor, Canada
Astraea Augsberger Boston University, USA
Annahita Ball University at Buffalo, USA
Randall E. Basham The University of Texas at Arlington, USA
J. David Bassett California State University, Chico, USA
Lisa V. Blitz Binghamton University, USA
Needha Boutte-Queen Texas Southern University, USA
Michael T. Braun University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Jesse A. Brinson  
Kimberly Brisebois University of Windsor, Canada
Anthony Butto Courtyard Counseling Center, LLC, USA
James J. Canning Springfield College, USA
James C. Caringi  
Lisa E. Cox Stockton University, USA
Sheila Crowley Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
Rashida M. Crutchfield California State University, Long Beach, USA
Elizabeth Dungee-Anderson Wayne State University, USA
Nicole Gaskin-Laniyan U.S. Public Health Service
Nerissa LeBlanc Gillum Texas Women's University, USA
Richard Glaesser Saint Leo University, USA
Harriet Goodman City University of New York (CUNY), USA
Jill Grant University of Windsor, Canada
Mel Gray University of Newcastle, Australia
Clay Graybeal University of New England, USA
Sulina Green Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Rivka Greenberg Independent Consultant
Jon Christopher Hall University of North Carolina, Wilmington, USA
Stephanie J. Hamm Abilene Christian University, USA
Sharon Hodges University of South Florida, USA
Loring Paul Jones San Diego State University, USA
Jessica M. Kahn City University of New York (CUNY), USA
JaeRan Kim University of Washington-Tacoma, USA
Peter Kindle University of South Dakota, USA
Kathleen Kufeldt University of New Brunswick, Canada
Catherine K. Lawrence University at Albany, USA
Jaegoo Lee Jackson State University, USA
Ana M. Leon University of Central Florida, USA
Maayan Lewental University of South Florida, USA
Margaret Lombe Boston College, USA
Susan Maciolek Independent Consultant
Cristina Mogro-Wilson University of Connecticut, USA
Olga Molina University of Central Florida, USA
Marvin Nesbitt Action Ministries, Inc., USA
Clark Peters University of Missouri, USA
Lois H. Pierce University of Missouri - St. Louis, USA
Judy Postmus Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA
Stefi Rubin Wheelock College, USA
Joan Rycraft The University of Texas at Arlington, USA
Andrew Safyer Adelphi University, USA
Bibhuti K. Sar Univeristy of Louisville, USA
Chris Simmons University of South Florida, USA
Jonathan B. Singer Loyola University Chicago, USA
Danielle Steelesmith Ohio State University, USA
Ruth Anne Van Loon University of Cincinnati, USA
Robert Vernon Indiana University, USA
Satomi Wakita University of Illinois at Urban-Champaign, USA
Jack C. Wall Loyola University Chicago, USA
Karen Zilberstein Smith College, USA
Alliance for Strong Families and Communities - President and CEO
Susan N. Dreyfus Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, USA
Alliance for Strong Families and Communities - Director of Content Strategy
Kirstin Anderson Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, USA
Alliance for Strong Families and Communities - Board of Directors
Molly Greenman, Chair The Family Partnership, Minneapolis MN, USA
Annette Rodriguez, Vice Chair The Children's Shelter, San Antonio TX, USA
Ron Mandershied, Treasurer Northwester University Settlement House, Chicago IL, USA
Mary H. Hollie, Secretary Glenwood Academy, Glenwood IL, USA
Steven Boes Father Flanagan's Boys' Home (Boys Town), Boys Town NE, USA
Alexandra Cawthorne National Governor's Association, Washington DC, USA
Richard J. Cohen Public Health Management Corporation, Philadelphia PA, USA
Daniel Dawes Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, USA
Donald W. Layden, Jr. Quarles & Brady, Milwaukee WI, USA
Milton J. Little, Jr. United Way of Greater Atlanta, Atlanta GA, USA
Stephen C. Mack Inverness IL, USA
Deborah Matthews The Children's Center, Detroit MI, USA
Dennis M. Richardson Hillside Family of Agencies, Rochester NY, USA
Tracy Wareing Evans American Public Human Services Association, Washington DC, USA
  • Clarivate Analytics: Social Science Citation Index
  • ProQuest
  • PsycINFO
  • Authors should use the Manuscript Central website for manuscript submissions and should refer to the Submission Guidelines page on the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities website for instructions. Submissions not following these instructions will not be reviewed until all guidelines have been met. Queries regarding the suitability of potential articles are welcome. Please contact the editor at

    Manuscripts must be written in APA style according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition. The page count for the manuscript in its entirety (including abstract; references; and accompanying figures, tables, or appendices) must not exceed 22 pages. Please submit the manuscript files using 1-inch margins and a double-spaced, 12-point font. Prior to submission, it is essential for the manuscript to be reviewed for grammar, sentence clarity, and wording. Contributors are strongly advised to have a statistician or methodological expert review the accuracy of discrete data found in the article text, tables, and figures. Please ensure all citations in the “References” section are properly transcribed and formatted.

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