KCNC is the child abuse prevention council and coordinating council for child and family services throughout Kern County. The planning, oversight, and evaluation of Kern’s child abuse prevention services are key roles. Funded services include parent education and counseling, and Differential Response (DR) services. DR is an approach used nationally that expands the ability of child welfare agencies to respond differently to reports of child abuse and neglect. Its focus includes a broader set of responses for working with families at the first signs of trouble, preventing the need for formal intervention services in the future. DR services are available countywide to families referred by Child Protective Services. The prevention of child abuse and neglect is a community responsibility. It can be a matter of life or death.