Foster Care

What Should I Do if My Child is Placed in Foster Care?

July 26, 2021

After foster care placement is made, knowing what to next depends on the parties involved, including the parents and grandparents. Each party has to prove what is known as standing, which is the legal right to petition the court about the foster child. Other parties may be involved as well, including siblings and close family… Read More »

Child Abuse

What are Children Asked in DCPP Interviews?

July 12, 2021

In New Jersey, the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP) is responsible for investigating allegations of child abuse and neglect. During the investigation, a DCPP caseworker will talk to many people inside and outside the family to uncover details. The DCPP will want to know: What, when, and where the abuse happened and who… Read More »

Child Abuse

How can a Summer Routine Help Prevent Child Abuse?

June 22, 2021

When parents and children are constantly at odds, the relationship can deteriorate rather quickly, especially if the parents are already on edge or stressed out due to work or other outside factors. The relationship can devolve to the point where it can become harmful to the child and can constitute as child abuse or neglect.… Read More »

Permanency Plan

What is a Permanency Plan?

June 7, 2021

The New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP) is responsible for ensuring that every child has a safe and permanent home. A permanency plan contains recommendations from the DCPP about where the child should live after being removed from the home due to child abuse or neglect. Every permanency plan is different. Although… Read More »

Physical Neglect

What is Physical Neglect?

May 24, 2021

Physical neglect involves a parent or caregiver failing to provide the basic necessities needed by a child to survive and to thrive. The basics are adequate food, clothing, and shelter. In addition, the child needs to be provided a safe living environment, free of violence and harm. Physical neglect also encompasses more intangible neglect that… Read More »

DCPP Investigations

What Does the DCPP Look for in an Investigation?

May 10, 2021

In New Jersey, the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP) investigates allegations of child abuse and neglect. They are required by law to follow up on every report they receive. Also, every New Jersey citizen must report suspected child abuse and neglect. Those who report suspected abuse in good faith are generally immune to… Read More »