• February 2010
  • Vol. 11, No. 1

Current Theme or Topic

This month, CBX spotlights differential response, which refers to the use of a tailored response for families reported for child maltreatment. Different from the "one response fits all" approach, differential response is most often used when there is a determination of low risk or when the family might not otherwise qualify for services. Read below to find out about programs, training, and research into differential response.

  • Differential Response Models in Child Protective Services: Building a Greater Knowledge Base Through the QIC-DR
    Since the mid-1990s, States across the country have been implementing various models of differential or alternative response in child protective services (CPS). Studies have shown that...

  • A Curriculum for Differential Response
    The California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC) at the University of California at Berkeley has developed Differential Response and Alternative Response in Diverse Communities: An...

  • Ohio Implements Alternative Response Pilots
    In an effort to offer early child abuse and neglect prevention services to families in need, the Ohio Supreme Court and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services introduced a pilot program...

  • State Legislation on Differential Response
    As of June 2009, 28 States have enacted differential response legislation, and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) tracks this legislation on its website. Differential response,...

  • Nevada's Progress Implementing Differential Response
    Over the past 3 years, the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has taken great strides to develop a differential response (DR) model for screening and investigating reports of...

  • Survey Examines States' Differential Response
    A snapshot of the differential response practices, models, and child protective services (CPS) structures currently in use across the country is presented in a new publication, Online Survey of...

  • Protecting Children Special Issue on Differential Response
    American Humane's journal, Protecting Children, devoted a double issue in 2008 to the topic of differential response. The articles describe practices, issues, and outcomes from differential...