Alternative Response

ACCS began implementing Alternative Response (AR) in October 2010. With AR, families play a critical role in their children's safety and wellbeing. They are involved in the decision-making process from the beginning, including the initial determination of whether Alternative Response is right for them.

AR is built on the belief that child safety is a community responsibility. It connects families to community organizations and service provider to address and resolve concerns as they arise. Identifying concerns early on and working with families as equal partners can help alleviate the stresses that often lead to abuse and neglect. This approach can help keep families together and prevent foster care placements. AR is intended to give families the supports and services they need to stay together. During 2015, 179 families received Alternative Response services.