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 »

Emotional Child Abuse

Is Emotional Child Abuse Illegal?

April 21, 2021

The Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP) in New Jersey assesses and investigates allegations of child abuse and neglect. Their work is important and necessary. Child abuse, including emotional child abuse, is illegal. However, some people and families are victims of false child abuse allegations. These false allegations may come from concerned teachers, neighbors,… Read More »

Is Spanking Illegal?

April 9, 2021

Some believe that spanking is a legitimate form of discipline, others relate it to a minor form of child abuse. Despite differing opinions and perceptions, the law has made it clear that a parent can reasonably spank their child as a disciplinary measure. Guidance from the state and the courts have supported this. Spanking is… Read More »