What is a Dispositional Hearing?

October 26, 2020

A dispositional hearing takes place toward the end of the legal process when an accusation of child abuse and neglect has been levied against the parents. It is the stage where a judge will decide what steps the parents must take after the hearing. The judge has several options to choose from in this ruling,… Read More »

Human Trafficking and Servitude Allegations

October 12, 2020

Child abuse and neglect is still pervasive in society, even though public awareness about these issues has increased. Child abuse and neglect are generally associated with mental and physical injuries to children. This abuse and neglect puts the child’s health and welfare at significant risk or harms them. The mistreatment can lead to physical, mental,… Read More »

Can I Hire a Lawyer When I am Facing DCPP Allegations?

September 29, 2020

The New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP) investigates allegations of child abuse and neglect. Since the agency has an anonymous hotline, complaints can come through at any time. Parents may be surprised when a social worker from the agency appears at their door, but these parents need to know what to do… Read More »

Is it Common for Doctors to Misdiagnose Child Abuse?

September 24, 2020

A yearlong investigation by the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) News and the Houston Chronicle revealed that many physicians have misdiagnosed child abuse and neglect. In 2018, there were 3.5 million reports of suspected child abuse in America, and only 680,000 accounts were verified by authorities. What is a Child Abuse Pediatrician? A child abuse physician… Read More »

What is the Least Restrictive Setting Rule?

September 3, 2020

The New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP) aims to ensure the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and support families. The DCPP helps children and families stay together whenever possible. However, when a child is in imminent danger and the risk of injury or death cannot be alleviated by the family or… Read More »

Lawsuits Against the Department of Child Protection and Permanency

August 10, 2020

In New Jersey, the Department of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP), formerly known as the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS), is a state agency designated with the duty of supporting at-risk children and families. Its staff is commissioned with investigating child abuse and neglect, and recommending actions designed to protect abused children. The… Read More »