Introduced by Senator Lujan (D-NM) on February 7, 2024, the Alternative Pathways to Child Abuse Prevention Act would require states to submit an alternative response plan to receive federal grant funding under the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA). This bill would authorize $500 million for CAPTA Title I state formula grants and $1 billion for Title II community-based prevention programs, significant increases for both programs. It would also improves data collection on the co-occurrence of domestic violence, child abuse, and neglect and encourages Tribes to adopt intervention procedures to enhance the safety of children and victims of domestic violence. Many children and families that are referred to child welfare each year are in need of services such as behavioral health treatment, housing, and cash assistance, and could be better served by other systems. Requiring states to have a plan to divert these families, coupled with significantly more funding to enact the plans and bolster community-based services, is a welcome proposal to support children and families.