Change Indicator

Alternative Response in Maryland

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This number represents new alternative response cases.

Alternative Response is a type of response to low risk child abuse and neglect allegations, where rather than investigating a family and naming a caretaker as a maltreator, the Local Department of Social Services partners with the family to complete a comprehensive assessment of: (1) Risk of harm to the child; (2) Risk of subsequent child abuse or neglect; (3) Family strengths and needs; and (4) The provision of or referral for necessary services.

Data Source

Maryland Department of Human Resources


Alternative response went through an implementation phase.

NA indicates alternative response had not been initiated at the time or data is not yet available.

Last Updated

February 2024