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American Humane Expert to Present on Differential Response At the Atlantic Canada Child Welfare Forum III

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John Fluke, Ph.D., director of American Humane’s Child Protection Research Center, will give two presentations at the Atlantic Canada Child Welfare Forum III in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, on March 25, 2010. Fluke will present “Differential Response Models: What Is Differential Response? Discussing the Practical Challenges and Limitations and Its Promise and Potential” and “Going Forward: What Are the Prospects for Strengthening Child Protection? What Is the Adaptive Value of Differential Response for the Future?”

Fluke was invited to present at the forum, which is featuring risk assessment and differential response models in child welfare as the core themes. After each presentation, he will answer questions, and representatives from each province will respond to his presentation, drawing from their experiences.

“I am pleased to be presenting at this forum because several of the Atlantic Canadian provinces are interested in what the research says as they examine the merits of incorporating or strengthening their use of differential response models in their delivery of child welfare services,” said Fluke.

American Humane is a leader in researching differential response. Differential response, also referred to as “dual track,” “multiple track” or “alternative response,” is an approach that allows child protective services to respond differently to accepted reports of child abuse and neglect, based on such factors as the type and severity of the alleged maltreatment, the number and sources of previous reports, and the willingness of the family to participate in services. More information can be found at

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