Alternative Response in Child Protective Services: State and Local Examples
Many States, counties, and localities have implemented a type of alternative response in an effort to better respond to child protection reports in their communities.
The California Child Welfare Improvement Activities: Differential Response Guidelines and Resources for Implementation (PDF - 926 KB)
California Department of Social Services (2010)
Provides guidelines and suggests phases for consistently implementing differential response in California child welfare agencies. The guidelines address internal agency components, community partnerships, shared protocols with partner agencies, training and workforce capacity, and more.
Choosing the Path Less Traveled: Strengthening California Families Through Differential Response (PDF - 1250 KB)
Schene, Oppenheim, & Senderling
What Works Policy Brief, 11, 2005
Discusses how a differential response could be used to meet the criteria to receive services from county child welfare agencies in California.
Differential Response and Alternative Response in Diverse Communities: An Empirically Based Curriculum (PDF - 1299 KB)
Berrick, Bryant, Conley, de Elizalde, Garcia, Geer, et al. (2009)
Highlights the use of differential response in child welfare services and shares outcomes from its implementation in Contra Costa County, CA, and Alameda County, CA.
Differential Response in Nevada: Final Evaluation Report (PDF - 3154 KB)
Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (2010)
Describes the activities and outcomes of the Nevada differential response pilot project begun in 2007 and phased in over a 3-year period.
Extended Follow-up Study of Minnesota's Family Assessment Response: Final Report (PDF - 732 KB)
Institute of Applied Research (2006)
Describes the evaluation of a flexible approach to addressing child maltreatment reports in Minnesota, including implementation, changes in services provided to families, impact on child safety, family risk, recurrence of child maltreatment, and more.
Implementing Differential Response: An Assessment of Community Organizations' Capacity and Interest: Final Report (PDF - 198 KB)
SPHERE Institute (2006)
Using the results of a survey of community organizations in San Mateo County, California, to assess their service capacity and interest in participating in a differential response network, recommendations are provided on which types of organizations are most prepared to implement a differential response system.
Multiple Response System (MRS) Evaluation Report to the North Carolina Division of Social Services (NCDSS) (PDF - 429 KB)
Center for Child and Family Policy (2004)
Findings regarding five key aspects of the MRS as field tested by 10 county departments of social services.
Ohio Alternative Response Pilot
Institute of Applied Research & American Humane Association (2010)
Contains general information about alternative response, reports and evaluations from Ohio's pilot project, information for new pilot sites, and more.