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Article: ‘What Do You Need?’ Approaching parents as partners helps families out of crisis.

Thursday, May 3, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Taylor Stockdell
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From Rise Magazine:

In many places, families who are investigated for child abuse or neglect face an unexpected and unwanted visit from a child protective worker who knocks on the door and announces that she will investigate the family. During the investigation, parents are often focused only on getting child welfare out of their lives—even if they really do need help with practical problems like child care or clothing for their children, or parenting supports that would keep the family from reaching a crisis point

But some states are trying a less intrusive and more supportive approach. Here, Caren Kaplan, the former director of child protection reform at the American Humane Association, and Tony Loman, director of the Institute of Applied Research, describe "differential response.”

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