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Importance of Profiling Children with Special Needs in DCPP Cases in NJ

Identifying the Strengths and Needs of Children With Special Needs Becomes Paramount to Secure Their Best Interests when New Jersey Child Protective Services Becomes Involved. The New Jersey Department of Child Protection and Permanency (formerly known as DYFS) is responsible for protecting the welfare of children in the state. Children with special needs, whether mental, […]

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What is Considered Child Abandonment in NJ

Determining Abandonment of a Child in a DCPP Proceeding in New Jersey The New Jersey Department of Child Protection and Permanency (formerly known as Department of Youth and Family Services, DYFS) is responsible for responding to allegations of child abuse and neglect, and ensuring that children are currently residing in, or placed into, a safe […]

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Least Restrictive Setting Rule in DCPP Cases in New Jersey

Least Restrictive Setting Rule to Secure The Child’s Best Interest in Placement When the New Jersey Department of Children and Protection and Permanency (DCPP) finds it necessary to step in with a family following an investigation, it indicates that the agency believes the family is somehow not functioning healthily and the children’s health and welfare […]

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Criteria and Process for Adoptive Parents in NJ

Know the Steps and Requirements Involved for Adoption in New Jersey One of the best feelings in the world is to know that you are providing a home and a loving, supportive environment to a child who might otherwise be deprived of those things. This is one reason that so many people go through the […]

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Abuse and Neglect in Single Parent Households

The statistics on children being abused and neglected by single parents do not paint a positive picture, and DCPP investigates these cases with astounding frequency in New Jersey. That being said, you are not a statistic. Your family is undoubtedly unique and you deserve to defend your parenting if child protective services is investigating you. […]

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Degrees of Crimes in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases

What Degree of Crime can You be Charged with for Child Abuse in New Jersey? New Jersey child abuse laws protect people against harm, including harm committed by parents against their own children, by teachers and daycare providers entrusted to look after someone else’s children, and any other adult in whose care a child has […]

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Leading Causes of Child Neglect, Abuse, and Mistreatment

CPS Attorneys Discuss Contributing Factors for Children Experiencing Abusive or Neglectful Behavior by Parents and Caregivers No child deserves to be abused or neglected, yet so many children are born into circumstances that make them more likely to suffer from violence or deprivation. According to Childhelp, an organization for child abuse prevention, about five children a […]

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Parental Mental Health Issues in DCFS Investigations

Is Mental Illness a Risk Factor for Child Abuse and Neglect in NJ? Recently, Kaiser Family Foundation, a non-profit organization, revealed that 16.4% of New Jersey adults suffered mental illness between 2018 and 2019. Since then, the pandemic increased those numbers for certain mental health conditions, namely anxiety and depression. When mental health issues dominate a […]

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