ERIC Number: EJ1019779
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 96
Issues in Differential Response
Hughes, Ronald C.; Rycus, Judith S.; Saunders-Adams, Stacey M.; Hughes, Laura K.; Hughes, Kelli N.
Research on Social Work Practice, v23 n5 p493-520 Sep 2013
Differential response (DR), also referred to as alternative response (AR), family assessment response (FAR), or multiple track response, was developed to incorporate family-centered, strengths-based practices into child protective services (CPS), primarily by diverting lower risk families into an assessment track rather than requiring the traditional CPS investigation. Since the program's inception, researchers have conducted several large evaluation studies of DR programs, and a large body of research and program literature has been published touting the success and benefits of DR. In response to significant concerns about the clarity and consistency of DR program models and the validity and generalizability of its associated research, the authors undertook a comprehensive, three-pronged evaluation to provide guidance in shaping the ongoing development of DR programs. This report summarizes the methodology, findings, conclusions, and recommendations from the review.
Descriptors: Child Abuse, Child Neglect, Social Services, Child Welfare, Child Safety, Delivery Systems, Federal Legislation, Program Implementation, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Fidelity, Reliability, Validity, Research Methodology, Research Problems, Resource Allocation, Data, Deception, Interviews, State of the Art Reviews
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Identifiers - Location: California; Kentucky; Minnesota; Missouri; Nevada; New York; North Carolina; Ohio; Oklahoma; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Adoption and Safe Families Act 1997; Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act 1980; Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act