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 »

Grandparent Custody in DCPP Case

October 23, 2019

The love of a grandparent is a special blessing in a child’s life. Many grandparents enjoy years of celebrating birthdays, holidays, vacations, and extended visits with their grandchildren. Grandparent wisdom and their knowledge of family history are the cornerstones for keeping family traditions alive. When parents lose custody of their child due to accusations of… Read More »

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 »