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Rules for Reporting Child Abuse in New Jersey

Do You Have to Report Child Abuse in NJ? In New Jersey, any person who reasonably believes that a child is being abused or neglected should report their concerns as soon as possible. The best way to voice their concerns is by contacting 911 or the child abuse hotline at 1-877 NJ ABUSE (1-877-652-2873). Not […]

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Factors that Influence Your New Jersey DCPP Case

If you are placed into the unfortunate and immensely stressful situation of being investigated by the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P or Division), it’s important to know what they are looking for. To start, it’s important to understand the four-tier finding system that DCP&P operates within. The Division does not simply enter a […]

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Should I Comply with DCPP’s Demands?

Undergoing an investigation by Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP or Division) is an extremely stressful situation. It is unquestionably emotional and scary to think that your children may be removed from your care and placed into foster care. As such, it is common for DCP&P employees to prey on that duress and demand […]

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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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