Print ISSN: 1044-3894 | Electronic ISSN: 1945-1350


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 and published in partnership with SAGE Publishing, 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.


Online Services and Content

Online coverage spanning 1996 to present is available on two platforms: Pinnacle (1996-2017) and SAGE (2018+). In April 2018, complete journal content spanning 1920 to present will be available on the SAGE platform. Institution and individual subscriptions are available for United States, Canada, and international readers, as well as back issue licensing and sales, via SAGE


Association members of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities can view all Families in Society content as a benefit of membership. Log in to your myAlliance account and select Access Families in Society from the library. 

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