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Message ID: 9220
Date: 2012-06-22

Author:Kai Guterman

Subject:RE: Differential Response

Hello Yukako, Below is a set of resources that I’ve put together to help with differential response implementation. Let me know if you have any questions. Kai Guterman Knowledge Management Advisor kguterman@casey.org Casey Family Programs 2001 8th Ave., Suite 2700 Seattle, Washington 98121 Phone (206) 378-3332 Fax (877) 659-8910 www.casey.org fostering families, fostering change. General DR Resources American Humane Association, Differential Response webpage. Includes links to Program Evaluations, Training Evaluations, the AHA Annual Conference, Webinar Series, and other Publications. http://www.americanhumane.org/children/programs/differential-response/ Child Welfare Information Gateway, Differential Response webpage: http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/issue_briefs/differential_response/ Institute of Applied Research (IAR), includes DR evaluations, Powerpoint presentations, and special papers: http://www.iarstl.org/ National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) seeks to close the gap between science and service by improving the science and practice of implementation in relation to evidence-based programs and practices. Their purposes is to advance the science of implementation across domains, inform the transformation of human services, and ensure that the voices and experiences of diverse communities and consumers influence and guide implementation efforts. http://www.fpg.unc.edu/~nirn/ National Quality Improvement Center on Differential Response in Child Protective Services (QIC-DR). Includes details on the 3-state, Cross-Site DR evaluation (CO, IL, OH), which will end in 2012. http://www.differentialresponseqic.org/ DR Bibliography: http://www.differentialresponseqic.org/resources/annotated-bibliography-pdf.pdf National Resource Center for Child Protective Services (NRCCPS) Decision-Making Tools Library, which provides updated child protection decision-making resources currently in use in states and territories, including screening, safety assessment, risk assessment, and differential response track assignment tools: http://nrccps.org/information-dissemination/1249-2/ Literature Reviews / Surveys American Humane Association (2012). Differential Response in Child Protective Services: Research and Practice Advancement (Issue Title). Protecting Children, 26: 3. Available at: http://www.differentialresponseqic.org/assets/docs/protecting-children-2012.pdf American Humane Association (2008). Exploring Differential Response: One Pathway Toward Reforming Child Welfare (Issue Title). Protecting Children, 23: 1 & 2. Available at: http://www.americanhumane.org/assets/pdfs/children/differential-response/pc-23-1-2.pdf American Humane Association (2005). Differential Response in Child Welfare (Issue Title). Protecting Children, 20: 2 & 3. Available at: http://www.americanhumane.org/assets/pdfs/children/differential-response/pc-20-2-3pdf.pdf Child Welfare Institute (2005). A Review of the Literature on Alternative Response, Risk Safety & Family Assessment. Tallahassee, FL: Florida Department of Children and Families. Available at: http://centerforchildwelfare.fmhi.usf.edu/kb/trdiver/ARS%20Review%20of%20Literature_2005.pdf Merkel-Holguin, L., Kaplan, C., and Kwak, A. (2006). National Study on Differential Response in Child Welfare. Englewood, CO: American Humane Association and Child Welfare League of America. Available at: http://www.americanhumane.org/assets/pdfs/children/pc-2006-national-study-differential-response.pdf Quality Improvement Center on Differential Response in Child Protective Services [QIC-DR] (2009). Online Survey of State Differential Response Policies and Practices, Findings Report. Washington DC: Children’s Bureau, US Department of Health and Human Services. Available at: http://www.differentialresponseqic.org/assets/docs/qic-dr-findings-report-jun09.pdf Quality Improvement Center on Differential Response in Child Protective Services [QIC-DR] (2009) Differential Response in Child Protective Services: A Literature Review. Washington DC: Children’s Bureau, US Department of Health and Human Services. Available at: http://www.differentialresponseqic.org/assets/docs/qic-dr-lit-review-sept-09.pdf Quality Improvement Center on Differential Response in Child Protective Services [QIC-DR] (2011) Differential Response in Child Protective Services: A Literature Review, Version 2. Washington DC: Children’s Bureau, US Department of Health and Human Services. Available at: http://www.differentialresponseqic.org/resources/qic-dr_lit_review-version-2.pdf Richardson, J. (2008). Differential Response: A Literature Review. Urbana, IL: Children and Family Research Center, University of Illinois School of Social Work. Available at: http://www.state.il.us/DCFS/docs/DRLitreview_11.21.09.pdf U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau (2003). National Study of Child Protective Services Systems and Reform Efforts, Findings on Local CPS Practices. Washington DC: Children’s Bureau, US Department of Health and Human Services. Available at: http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/CPS-status03/CPS-practices03/index.htm Financing Guides Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law (2003). Mix and match: Using federal programs to support interagency systems of care for children with mental health care needs. Washington DC: Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. Available at: http://www.bazelon.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=-ELUn7dsyVQ%3D&tabid=104 Harbert, A., Dudley, D. (2009) Differential Response‐ Effective Prevention and Intervention Models; Implementation and Financing. San Diego, CA: Southern Area Consortium of Human Services (SACHS). Available at: http://theacademy.sdsu.edu/programs/SACHS/literature/Differential%20Response-SACHS%202009.pdf Lind, C., Crocker, J., Stewart, N., Torrico, R., Bhat, S., and Schmid W. (2009). Finding Funding: Supporting making connections core result that children are healthy and prepared to succeed in school. New York: The Finance Project. Available at: http://www.financeproject.org/publications/findingfunding-supportingmakingconnections.pdf Schmid, D., Freundlich, M., and Greenblatt, S. (2010). Funding Permanency Services: a Guide to leveraging federal, state, and local dollars. Baltimore, MD: Annie E. Casey Foundation. Available at: http://www.aecf.org/KnowledgeCenter/Publications.aspx?pubguid={F818604B-BF1E-4DA3-9A5B-513E9EE3011D} Implementation Guides / Readiness Assessments Berrick J. D., Bryant, M., Conley, A., de Elizalde, L., Garcia, V., and Geer, A., (2009). Differential response and alternative response in diverse communities: An empirically based curriculum. Berkeley: University of California at Berkeley, California Social Work Education Center. Available at: http://www.csulb.edu/projects/ccwrl/Differential%20Response%201023.pdf California Department of Social Services (2010) The California Child Welfare Improvement Activities, Differential Response Guidelines and Resources for Implementation. Sacramento, CA: California Department of Social Services. Available at: http://www.childsworld.ca.gov/res/pdf/DR_Guidelines.pdf Casey Family Programs (2007) Implementing Differential Response in California: Promising Practices and Lessons Learned. Seattle, WA: Casey Family Programs. Available at: http://www.casey.org/Resources/Publications/BreakthroughSeries_DifferentialResponse.htm National Technical Assistance and Evaluation Center for Systems of Care (2010). Systems of Care Implementation Case Studies. Washington DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau, National Technical Assistance and Evaluation Center for Systems of Care. Available at: http://www.childwelfare.gov/management/reform/soc/communicate/initiative/evalreports/reports/ImplementationCaseStudies.pdf Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (2010). Alternative Response Implementation Readiness Assessment: For use by Ohio counties in determining preparedness for launching an alternative response system. Available at: http://law.capital.edu/uploadedFiles/Law_Multi_Site/NCALP/2010_Readiness_Assessment.pdf Sphere Institute (2006). Implementing Differential Response: An Assessment of Community Organizations’ Capacity and Interest. Burlingame, CA: Sphere Institute. Available at: http://www.sphereinstitute.org/publications/DR_Report_FINAL.pdf Procedural Manuals / Practice Guides Children’s Research Center (May 2008). Structured Decision Making, Policy and Procedures Manual, California Department of Social Services. Madison, WI: Children’s Research Center. Available at: http://www.childsworld.ca.gov/res/pdf/SDM_Manual.pdf Florida Department of Children and Families (no date). Alternative Response System Pilot Policy and Procedures Manual, Available at: http://centerforchildwelfare.fmhi.usf.edu/kb/trdiver/ARS%20Procedures%20Manual%20Final.doc.pdf Los Angeles County Department of Child and Family Services (Sept. 2009). Procedural Guide, 0070-548.02, Point of Engagement: Alternative Response Services (ARS). Available at: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=procedural%20guide%20%200070-548.02&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CCMQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fdcfs.co.la.ca.us%2Fpolicy%2Fhndbook%2520cws%2F0070%2F007054802v0909.doc&ei=B017T6a-K4fjiAL408A_&usg=AFQjCNGzFxxut4Mv0LuSZ17BXEzuu6-1Nw Minnesota Department of Human Services (no date). Family-centered Practice Guide Engaging, Assessing and Building Strengths with Families. Available at: https://edocs.dhs.state.mn.us/lfserver/Legacy/DHS-4938-ENG Minnesota Department of Human Services (Jan. 2009). Social Services Information System (SSIS) Version 5.2, Training Module: Structured Decision Making (SDM). Available at: http://www.dhs.state.mn.us/main/groups/agencywide/documents/pub/dhs16_139169.pdf Minnesota Department of Human Services (July 2007). Structured Decision Making® Updated Risk Assessment and Risk Reassessment Policy and Procedures. Available at: http://www.dhs.state.mn.us/main/groups/children/documents/pub/dhs16_138720.pdf M & B Consulting (Nov. 2003). Standards of Professional Practice For Serving Children and Families: A Model of Practice. Nashville, TN: Tennessee Department of Children’s Services. Available at: http://tennessee.gov/youth/dcsguide/DCS_PracticeModel11.24.03.pdf Legal and Judicial Resources National Quality Improvement Center on Differential Response in Child Protective Services [QIC-DR] (2011). Differential Response in Child Protective Services: A Guide for Judges and Judicial Officers. Available at: http://www.differentialresponseqic.org/resources/judgesguide.pdf National Quality Improvement Center on Differential Response in Child Protective Services [QIC-DR] (2009). Differential Response in Child Protective Services: A Legal Analysis. Available at: http://www.differentialresponseqic.org/assets/docs/differential-response-in.pdf National Conference of State Legislatures, Differential Response: State Enacted Legislation: http://www.ncsl.org/?tabid=17800 The National Child Welfare Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues: http://apps.americanbar.org/child/rclji/ The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges: http://www.ncjfcj.org/ The National Center of State Courts: http://www.ncsc.org/ Jurisdictional Pages Florida’s Center for the Advancement of Child Welfare Practice, provides tools, resources and publications: http://centerforchildwelfare.fmhi.usf.edu/kb/trdiver/Forms/AllItems.aspx Ohio Alternative Response Pilot Project, also includes Alternative Response Quarterly periodical (Archive on right hand column): http://www.americanhumane.org/children/programs/differential-response/current-projects/ohio-alternative-response.html National Center for Adoption Law and Policy, Ohio Differential Response page: http://law.capital.edu/adoption/ar2/ New York Family Assessment Response (FAR), includes implementation videos: http://www.ocfs.state.ny.us/main/cfsr/far.shtm North Carolina’s Multiple Response System (MRS) page, includes MRS Evaluations and Reports, MRS County Resources, MRS Training Information, and MRS! Newsletter Issues: http://www.ncdhhs.gov/dss/mrs/index.htm Tennessee Multiple Response Approach to Child Maltreatment Concerns: http://www.tennessee.gov/youth/services/multrespapproach.htm From: bounce-61074110-23292842@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-61074110-23292842@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Yukako Hatakeyama Sent: Monday, June 18, 2012 6:14 PM To: child-maltreatment-research-l@list.cornell.edu Subject: Differential Response Hi, I am currently researching on the Differential Response in the United States and the outcomes of the program. I am hoping to introduce the concept of DR to Japan and the shift from the investigation based system for the recent acute rise of child abuse/ neglect cases in Japan. I have been studying on Illinois project for the last three years, and would love to know about DR in the other states, too. Would anyone introduce me to other states (possible any provinces in Canada) who are successfully proceeding DR? I would love to visit agencies who actually have contracts in DR program and would love to know the actually procedures of how they have the alleged families engage in the program on the first stage. After all, I would really want to know if this too-good-to-be –true program actually works and get the evidence of it. Any link or any connection to information of DR would be appreciated (especially since it is hard to get them from overseas) . Thank you!!! Yukako HATAKEYAMA, Ph.D (c), AM, MSW, Associate Professor Department of Early Childhood Education Kobe Women’s Junior College, Japan coolestfroggydemmy@gmail.com

Hello Yukako, Below is a set of resources that I’ve put together to help with differential response implementation. Let me know if you have any questions. Kai Guterman Knowledge Management Advisor kgutermancasey.org Casey Family Programs 2001 8th Ave., Suite 2700 Seattle, Washington 98121 Phone (206) 378-3332 Fax (877) 659-8910 www.casey.org fostering families, fostering change. General DR Resources American Humane Association, Differential Response webpage. Includes links to Program Evaluations, Training Evaluations, the AHA Annual Conference, Webinar Series, and other Publications. http://www.americanhumane.org/children/programs/differential-response/ Child Welfare Information Gateway, Differential Response webpage: http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/issue_briefs/differential_response/ Institute of Applied Research (IAR), includes DR evaluations, Powerpoint presentations, and special papers: http://www.iarstl.org/ National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) seeks to close the gap between science and service by improving the science and practice of implementation in relation to evidence-based programs and practices. Their purposes is to advance the science of implementation across domains, inform the transformation of human services, and ensure that the voices and experiences of diverse communities and consumers influence and guide implementation efforts. http://www.fpg.unc.edu/~nirn/ National Quality Improvement Center on Differential Response in Child Protective Services (QIC-DR). Includes details on the 3-state, Cross-Site DR evaluation (CO, IL, OH), which will end in 2012. http://www.differentialresponseqic.org/ DR Bibliography: http://www.differentialresponseqic.org/resources/annotated-bibliography-pdf.pdf National Resource Center for Child Protective Services (NRCCPS) Decision-Making Tools Library, which provides updated child protection decision-making resources currently in use in states and territories, including screening, safety assessment, risk assessment, and differential response track assignment tools: http://nrccps.org/information-dissemination/1249-2/ Literature Reviews / Surveys American Humane Association (2012). Differential Response in Child Protective Services: Research and Practice Advancement (Issue Title). Protecting Children, 26: 3. Available at: http://www.differentialresponseqic.org/assets/docs/protecting-children-2012.pdf American Humane Association (2008). Exploring Differential Response: One Pathway Toward Reforming Child Welfare (Issue Title). Protecting Children, 23: 1 & 2. Available at: http://www.americanhumane.org/assets/pdfs/children/differential-response/pc-23-1-2.pdf American Humane Association (2005). Differential Response in Child Welfare (Issue Title). Protecting Children, 20: 2 & 3. Available at: http://www.americanhumane.org/assets/pdfs/children/differential-response/pc-20-2-3pdf.pdf Child Welfare Institute (2005). A Review of the Literature on Alternative Response, Risk Safety & Family Assessment. Tallahassee, FL: Florida Department of Children and Families. Available at: http://centerforchildwelfare.fmhi.usf.edu/kb/trdiver/ARS%20Review%20of%20Literature_2005.pdf Merkel-Holguin, L., Kaplan, C., and Kwak, A. (2006). National Study on Differential Response in Child Welfare. Englewood, CO: American Humane Association and Child Welfare League of America. Available at: http://www.americanhumane.org/assets/pdfs/children/pc-2006-national-study-differential-response.pdf Quality Improvement Center on Differential Response in Child Protective Services [QIC-DR] (2009). Online Survey of State Differential Response Policies and Practices, Findings Report. Washington DC: Children’s Bureau, US Department of Health and Human Services. Available at: http://www.differentialresponseqic.org/assets/docs/qic-dr-findings-report-jun09.pdf Quality Improvement Center on Differential Response in Child Protective Services [QIC-DR] (2009) Differential Response in Child Protective Services: A Literature Review. Washington DC: Children’s Bureau, US Department of Health and Human Services. Available at: http://www.differentialresponseqic.org/assets/docs/qic-dr-lit-review-sept-09.pdf Quality Improvement Center on Differential Response in Child Protective Services [QIC-DR] (2011) Differential Response in Child Protective Services: A Literature Review, Version 2. Washington DC: Children’s Bureau, US Department of Health and Human Services. Available at: http://www.differentialresponseqic.org/resources/qic-dr_lit_review-version-2.pdf Richardson, J. (2008). Differential Response: A Literature Review. Urbana, IL: Children and Family Research Center, University of Illinois School of Social Work. Available at: http://www.state.il.us/DCFS/docs/DRLitreview_11.21.09.pdf U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau (2003). National Study of Child Protective Services Systems and Reform Efforts, Findings on Local CPS Practices. Washington DC: Children’s Bureau, US Department of Health and Human Services. Available at: http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/CPS-status03/CPS-practices03/index.htm Financing Guides Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law (2003). Mix and match: Using federal programs to support interagency systems of care for children with mental health care needs. Washington DC: Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. Available at: http://www.bazelon.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=-ELUn7dsyVQ%3D&tabid=104 Harbert, A., Dudley, D. (2009) Differential Response‐ Effective Prevention and Intervention Models; Implementation and Financing. San Diego, CA: Southern Area Consortium of Human Services (SACHS). Available at: http://theacademy.sdsu.edu/programs/SACHS/literature/Differential%20Response-SACHS%202009.pdf Lind, C., Crocker, J., Stewart, N., Torrico, R., Bhat, S., and Schmid W. (2009). Finding Funding: Supporting making connections core result that children are healthy and prepared to succeed in school. New York: The Finance Project. Available at: http://www.financeproject.org/publications/findingfunding-supportingmakingconnections.pdf Schmid, D., Freundlich, M., and Greenblatt, S. (2010). Funding Permanency Services: a Guide to leveraging federal, state, and local dollars. Baltimore, MD: Annie E. Casey Foundation. Available at: http://www.aecf.org/KnowledgeCenter/Publications.aspx?pubguid={F818604B-BF1E-4DA3-9A5B-513E9EE3011D} Implementation Guides / Readiness Assessments Berrick J. D., Bryant, M., Conley, A., de Elizalde, L., Garcia, V., and Geer, A., (2009). Differential response and alternative response in diverse communities: An empirically based curriculum. Berkeley: University of California at Berkeley, California Social Work Education Center. Available at: http://www.csulb.edu/projects/ccwrl/Differential%20Response%201023.pdf California Department of Social Services (2010) The California Child Welfare Improvement Activities, Differential Response Guidelines and Resources for Implementation. Sacramento, CA: California Department of Social Services. Available at: http://www.childsworld.ca.gov/res/pdf/DR_Guidelines.pdf Casey Family Programs (2007) Implementing Differential Response in California: Promising Practices and Lessons Learned. Seattle, WA: Casey Family Programs. Available at: http://www.casey.org/Resources/Publications/BreakthroughSeries_DifferentialResponse.htm National Technical Assistance and Evaluation Center for Systems of Care (2010). Systems of Care Implementation Case Studies. Washington DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau, National Technical Assistance and Evaluation Center for Systems of Care. Available at: http://www.childwelfare.gov/management/reform/soc/communicate/initiative/evalreports/reports/ImplementationCaseStudies.pdf Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (2010). Alternative Response Implementation Readiness Assessment: For use by Ohio counties in determining preparedness for launching an alternative response system. Available at: http://law.capital.edu/uploadedFiles/Law_Multi_Site/NCALP/2010_Readiness_Assessment.pdf Sphere Institute (2006). Implementing Differential Response: An Assessment of Community Organizations’ Capacity and Interest. Burlingame, CA: Sphere Institute. Available at: http://www.sphereinstitute.org/publications/DR_Report_FINAL.pdf Procedural Manuals / Practice Guides Children’s Research Center (May 2008). Structured Decision Making, Policy and Procedures Manual, California Department of Social Services. Madison, WI: Children’s Research Center. Available at: http://www.childsworld.ca.gov/res/pdf/SDM_Manual.pdf Florida Department of Children and Families (no date). Alternative Response System Pilot Policy and Procedures Manual, Available at: http://centerforchildwelfare.fmhi.usf.edu/kb/trdiver/ARS%20Procedures%20Manual%20Final.doc.pdf Los Angeles County Department of Child and Family Services (Sept. 2009). Procedural Guide, 0070-548.02, Point of Engagement: Alternative Response Services (ARS). Available at: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=procedural%20guide%20%200070-548.02&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CCMQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fdcfs.co.la.ca.us%2Fpolicy%2Fhndbook%2520cws%2F0070%2F007054802v0909.doc&ei=B017T6a-K4fjiAL408A_&usg=AFQjCNGzFxxut4Mv0LuSZ17BXEzuu6-1Nw Minnesota Department of Human Services (no date). Family-centered Practice Guide Engaging, Assessing and Building Strengths with Families. Available at: https://edocs.dhs.state.mn.us/lfserver/Legacy/DHS-4938-ENG Minnesota Department of Human Services (Jan. 2009). Social Services Information System (SSIS) Version 5.2, Training Module: Structured Decision Making (SDM). Available at: http://www.dhs.state.mn.us/main/groups/agencywide/documents/pub/dhs16_139169.pdf Minnesota Department of Human Services (July 2007). Structured Decision Making® Updated Risk Assessment and Risk Reassessment Policy and Procedures. Available at: http://www.dhs.state.mn.us/main/groups/children/documents/pub/dhs16_138720.pdf M & B Consulting (Nov. 2003). Standards of Professional Practice For Serving Children and Families: A Model of Practice. Nashville, TN: Tennessee Department of Children’s Services. Available at: http://tennessee.gov/youth/dcsguide/DCS_PracticeModel11.24.03.pdf Legal and Judicial Resources National Quality Improvement Center on Differential Response in Child Protective Services [QIC-DR] (2011). Differential Response in Child Protective Services: A Guide for Judges and Judicial Officers. Available at: http://www.differentialresponseqic.org/resources/judgesguide.pdf National Quality Improvement Center on Differential Response in Child Protective Services [QIC-DR] (2009). Differential Response in Child Protective Services: A Legal Analysis. Available at: http://www.differentialresponseqic.org/assets/docs/differential-response-in.pdf National Conference of State Legislatures, Differential Response: State Enacted Legislation: http://www.ncsl.org/?tabid=17800 The National Child Welfare Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues: http://apps.americanbar.org/child/rclji/ The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges: http://www.ncjfcj.org/ The National Center of State Courts: http://www.ncsc.org/ Jurisdictional Pages Florida’s Center for the Advancement of Child Welfare Practice, provides tools, resources and publications: http://centerforchildwelfare.fmhi.usf.edu/kb/trdiver/Forms/AllItems.aspx Ohio Alternative Response Pilot Project, also includes Alternative Response Quarterly periodical (Archive on right hand column): http://www.americanhumane.org/children/programs/differential-response/current-projects/ohio-alternative-response.html National Center for Adoption Law and Policy, Ohio Differential Response page: http://law.capital.edu/adoption/ar2/ New York Family Assessment Response (FAR), includes implementation videos: http://www.ocfs.state.ny.us/main/cfsr/far.shtm North Carolina’s Multiple Response System (MRS) page, includes MRS Evaluations and Reports, MRS County Resources, MRS Training Information, and MRS! Newsletter Issues: http://www.ncdhhs.gov/dss/mrs/index.htm Tennessee Multiple Response Approach to Child Maltreatment Concerns: http://www.tennessee.gov/youth/services/multrespapproach.htm From: bounce-61074110-23292842list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-61074110-23292842list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Yukako Hatakeyama Sent: Monday, June 18, 2012 6:14 PM To: child-maltreatment-research-llist.cornell.edu Subject: Differential Response Hi, I am currently researching on the Differential Response in the United States and the outcomes of the program. I am hoping to introduce the concept of DR to Japan and the shift from the investigation based system for the recent acute rise of child abuse/ neglect cases in Japan. I have been studying on Illinois project for the last three years, and would love to know about DR in the other states, too. Would anyone introduce me to other states (possible any provinces in Canada) who are successfully proceeding DR? I would love to visit agencies who actually have contracts in DR program and would love to know the actually procedures of how they have the alleged families engage in the program on the first stage. After all, I would really want to know if this too-good-to-be –true program actually works and get the evidence of it. Any link or any connection to information of DR would be appreciated (especially since it is hard to get them from overseas) . Thank you!!! Yukako HATAKEYAMA, Ph.D (c), AM, MSW, Associate Professor Department of Early Childhood Education Kobe Women’s Junior College, Japan coolestfroggydemmygmail.com