Posts Tagged differential response

Serving Different Families Differently: New Research on Child Protective Services’ Use of Differential Response

Serving Different Families Differently: New Research on Child Protective Services’ Use of Differential Response

Yes, it’s that hot-button issue again. As I’ve said before, nothing gets child advocates’ blood boiling like differential response (also known as alternative response). Even the fundamental concept – that families are different from each other and so should receive different responses – strikes fear into many of us. Nightmare visions of fatalities fill our heads, as we’re certain that an innovation favored by so many public child welfare administrators must certainly be another nefarious government plot to save money

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Differential Response: Ideology or Evidence-Based Practice?

Differential Response: Ideology or Evidence-Based Practice?

Want to get a rise out of a group of child and family advocates? Mention the term differential response, and then stand back and watch the fur fly. It may feel like you’ve just shouted, “Fire!” in a crowded theater, and that everyone thinks you just set the fire. When the reaction is that quick and that polarized, it’s time to step back. Are we reacting pro or con because we know the issue thoroughly and can take a position

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