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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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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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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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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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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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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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