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Number of new Alternative Response cases in Maryland.
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.