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Types of Reports in NJ Child Abuse Cases

As a person accused of child abuse or neglect in New Jersey, it is imperative that you understand all of types of reports that a litigant will typically encounter in a DCPP case and how to challenge the reports. For anyone that is not familiar with child welfare matters, a typical file can become quite […]

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Understanding the Services that DCPP Provides to Parents & Families and Your Responsibilities

Since DCPP is a family agency focused on the best interests of the child, the Division may provide a variety of services to parents and families in NJ It is important to understand your responsibilities and child protective services’ options for providing or requiring you to use certain services after opening an investigation. The Division […]

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Privacy in a DCPP Case

Confidentiality and its Limits if the Division of Child Protection and Permanency Opens a Case If the Division of Child Protection and Permanency receives a report concerning child abuse or neglect, the agency is legally mandated to open up an investigation. To that end, the Division will create and maintain a large number of documents […]

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Changes to Child Welfare Litigation

What has Changed about Child Welfare Case Processes in New Jersey Child welfare litigation is constantly changing. As public awareness grows, so too does the law. The agency that handles such matters itself was created in 1899 and started with only seven volunteers. As public concern surrounding the issue evolved, so did the agency. Presently, […]

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Siblings & Relatives in New Jersey DYFS Matters

Children, siblings, relatives, and any member of the household can play a very important role in DCP&P investigations.  Like any inquiry or probe, what a person says can carry a great amount of weight and can determine the fate of how a case is decided.  However, what can be most alarming about a DCP&P investigation […]

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Right to Counsel in a DCF Case

Am I Entitled to a Lawyer when Facing DCFS in New Jersey? In New Jersey, any parent facing allegations of child abuse or neglect have a constitutional right to counsel under Article I, paragraph 1 of the New Jersey State Constitution. On top of that, our lawmakers also codified the right to counsel under both […]

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