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What Happens During a DCPP Interview in New Jersey?

What to Know if DYFS Wants to Question You in NJ Any time the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P) receives a compliant, the agency must initiate an investigation. No matter how frivolous the claim may be, the Division has to contact the family and question anyone who may have been involved. What Case […]

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Can DCP&P Contact My Job in New Jersey?

Need to Know if NJ Child Protective Services can Contact my Employer Are you wondering if DCPP can contact your job? The short answer is yes. However, it’s very unlikely that they will. The Division of Child Protection and Permanency is vested with great discretion when conducting an investigation in New Jersey. It’s the Division’s […]

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Doctors & Medical Records in Your NJ DCP&P Case

If the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P, formerly known as DYFS), receives a referral concerning a child who is allegedly being abused or neglected, the Division must immediately initiate an investigation. The assigned investigator is required to interview the child, the parents, any person who lives in the house, and any individual who […]

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DCP&P Home Inspections in New Jersey: What To Expect

Why DCP&P May Inspect Your House in NJ Any time DCP&P receives a complaint concerning potential child abuse or neglect in New Jersey, the agency must investigate the claim. The investigation must begin within 24 hours of receipt and be concluded within 60 days. However, the investigation may be extended an additional 30 days if […]

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Understanding the Results of a DCP&P Investigation

If the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency receives a referral alleging child abuse or neglect, the Division must initiate an investigation. No matter how frivolous the complaint may seem, the Division is required to undergo an investigation. The investigation will involve interviewing the parents and the child as well as any person […]

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DCP&P is Contacting Me, What Are My Legal Rights

Contacted by DCP&P in New Jersey? You Need to Know Your Rights If DCP&P has contacted you, you are likely wondering what this means and what your rights are if the state is investigating you. To begin, let’s discuss what DCP&P can and cannot do. The Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P or the Division) is […]

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What is a Law Guardian in New Jersey?

My Child was Given a Law Guardian in NJ, What does this Mean? A Law Guardian is an attorney for your child, who’s sole purpose is to represent his or her best interests. When a child welfare complaint is made in New Jersey, the Division of Child Protection and Permanency is responsible for investigating the […]

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Criminal Charges vs. DCPP Complaints for Endangering the Welfare of a Child in NJ

What’s Difference Between a Criminal Charge and a DCP&P Case for Endangering the Welfare of a Child? In New Jersey, being criminally charged for endangering the welfare of a child versus being accused by the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P) for child abuse or neglect is significantly different. New Jersey Laws on Endangering […]

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How Long does a DCPP Case Take in New Jersey?

What’s the Time Frame for a DCPP Case in NJ? If you’re currently being investigated by the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P) in New Jersey, you may be wondering how long will the case take to complete. It’s difficult to give an accurate timeline for a DYFS case because every parent’s case is […]

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