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March 2015Vol. 16, No. 2Tool for Differential Response Implementation

Casey Family Programs published a resource kit for jurisdictions that are interested in learning about different implementation methods for differential response (DR) approaches. According to the Child Welfare Information Gateway Glossary (, DR is an approach that enables child protective services to differentiate its response to reports of child abuse and neglect based on several factors, including the level of risk associated with the report, indicators of child safety, and the family's need for services and support. The brief reviews methods used by jurisdictions that have implemented DR and includes information on jurisdictions' policy, practice, implementation processes, communications, and evaluation. The kit includes a map providing an overview of national DR implementation and a list of additional resources for more information.

Access The Differential Response (DR) Implementation Resource Kit: A Resource for Jurisdictions Considering or Planning for DR at (1 MB).