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Protecting Children: Special Issues Devoted to Differential Response

Protecting Children is American Humane Association’s quarterly, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to a broad range of child welfare topics. It is authored by professionals from across the country and around the world.

Free, downloadable PDFs of two issues on differential response are currently available:

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Additional Recommended Articles (PDFs)

Alternative/Differential Response Bibliography through the National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect

Alternative Responses to Child Maltreatment: Findings from NCANDS 

Another Look at the National Study on Differential Response (PDF) 

Best Practice Next Practice: Using Differential Response in Reports (PDF)

Differential Response State Legislation 

Families' Connections to Services in an Alternative Response System (PDF)

National Study of Child Protective Services Systems and Reform Efforts: Findings on Local CPS Practices 

Overview of Differential Response Models (PDF)

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In October 2008, American Humane Association, in partnership with Walter R. McDonald & Associates and the Institute of Applied Research, was selected to receive a federal cooperative agreement totaling nearly $10 million over five years to develop the National Quality Improvement Center on Differential Response in Child Protective Services. The grant was awarded by the Children’s Bureau of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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