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2002 Jordan Institute
for Families

Vol. 7, No. 4
August 2002

Potential Benefits of Multiple Response

  • Families may be more willing to engage with workers and other community resources.

  • Children will be as safe or safer than with the current approach, since families will be more likely to accept and receive the services and support they need.

  • Workers will have an alternative to the investigatory approach that will give them more opportunity to teach and support families, thereby addressing the root causes of maltreatment.

  • The child welfare system may do a better job preventing abuse and neglect and therefore come to be seen by families as a partner and friendly resource. With these changes, worker turnover may be reduced.