When Sibling Rivalry Turns into Abuse

October 16, 2019

Sibling rivalry has been around since biblical times, but what starts out as innocent competition between brothers and sisters can evolve into abuse when jealousy crosses the line between harmless actions and cruelty. The relationship between siblings is one that stretches from cradle to grave. Parents die, children grow up and move onto their own… Read More »

Types of DYFS (DCPP) Hearings

October 9, 2019

When investigators from the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP), formerly known as the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS), come knocking on the door, parents and caregivers are often overwhelmed with fear and anxiety. Knowing what to expect during the DCPP hearing process can help parents protect their child from being removed… Read More »

What Are Title 9 and Title 30 in DCPP Cases?

October 2, 2019

Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP) complaints against parents or caregivers may allege violations of Title 9 or Title 30. In a Title 9 hearing, the DCPP must prove that child abuse or neglect has occurred and that it is necessary to remove the child from the home to ensure their safety. In a… Read More »

Why is DCPP Knocking on my Door?

September 18, 2019

A visit by an official from the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP) is an emotionally charged event. A parent or caregiver may feel fearful, confused, upset, betrayed, and angry, but it is essential to remain calm and cooperative. Knowing your legal rights in advance can help you make good decisions if you are… Read More »

Common DCPP Complaints

September 11, 2019

The Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP), formerly known as the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS), is responsible for investigating reports of suspected child abuse and neglect. The investigations are not criminal in nature, but rather are meant to assess the risks of harm to a child. The investigation then concludes whether… Read More »

What is the Child Abuse Registry and What is it Used For?

September 5, 2019

Being investigated by the Division of Child Protection & Permanency (DCPP) for suspected child abuse or neglect is a serious situation. New Jersey law mandates that the names of the parents or caregivers found to have a substantiated claim of child abuse or neglect be included on the New Jersey Child Abuse Registry. Though this… Read More »