social workers

Special Issue

Ending Homelessness: A Grand Challenge
for Transforming Practice & Policy

Co-Editors: Sondra J. Fogel & Heather Larkin

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Honoring Social Workers and Ensuring Their Safety

Families in Society editors and staff are deeply saddened by the tragic killing of social worker Lara Sobel, a longtime employee of the Vermont Department of Children and Families and program graduate of the Child Welfare Training Partnership at the University of Vermont. Killed outside of her office by the mother of a child taken into custody, Ms. Sobel died at the scene on August 7, 2015. … more

Webinars: Learn and Lead

Families in Society webinars on such practice and policy topics like social service impact, community matters, and family-centered programming provide timely expertise and skill-building that a variety of participants will find invaluable to their knowledge base and in the field.

See below for recordings of past Families in Society presentations or browse the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities webinars. … more

Families in Society Online

Offering increased features and functionality to better serve its readers in practice, policy, and research, Families in Society Online is available on the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities website and a comprehensive article database hosted with Allen Press.


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Practice & Policy Focus Newsletter

Practice & Policy Focus is a newsletter supplement to Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, the premier social work journal published by the Alliance for Children and Families.

Each newsletter is a digest of journal articles that relate to a specific topic of interest to social service professionals. These curated articles provide links to related content from the Families in Society Online archive, as well as continuing education courses. … more

Families in Society Online

About Us 

Families in Society is one of the most enduring and highly regarded scholarly publications on family- and community-centered social work. The journal has a long-standing focus on person-centered, asset-based approaches to practice and policy. This emphasis on translational research supports the social change impact the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities is working toward to benefit America’s families and their neighborhoods. … more

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