Understanding DCPP Investigation Results

December 4, 2019

Whenever the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP) gets a report about alleged child neglect or abuse, they are required to investigate. They proceed to interview the child, parents, and anyone that could have information about the circumstances. Parents may also need to be evaluated and/or take drug tests. Even if the… Read More »

Effects of Child Abuse

November 27, 2019

Mistreatment in childhood can have lasting effects on victims, effects that can last into adulthood. Studies have shown negative impacts on physical and mental health, as well as the capacity to learn and form healthy relationships. The effects of child abuse and neglect on the individual are far-reaching and they affect millions each year. Each… Read More »

Releasing Medical Records in Abuse Cases

November 21, 2019

Having a Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP) investigator show up at one’s home, often with armed officers, is one of the most traumatic things a family can experience. During this stressful time, individuals often sign releases for medical records or other documents without understanding the potential consequences of their actions. For many, the… Read More »

Child Visitation

November 14, 2019

New Jersey’s Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP) is tasked with protecting the state’s most vulnerable children. The agency not only investigates allegations of abuse, but also provides safe foster homes for children in danger and works to get parents the help they need to reunify the family. DCPP intervention can be traumatic and… Read More »

What are my Rights as a Parent?

November 6, 2019

When investigators from the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP) contact a parent on a tip of suspected child abuse or neglect, feelings of fear, confusion, and emotions can run high. Knowing what rights the parent has in a DCPP investigation can ensure the outcome is fair and that the parents’ legal rights are… Read More »

Is Leaving a Child Home Alone Considered Neglect?

October 31, 2019

At what age is it considered safe to leave a child home alone without adult supervision? Many parents wrestle with this question only to find that there are no definitive answers. The state of New Jersey does not have a law that states a specific age where it is appropriate to leave a child home… Read More »