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 »

How is a DCPP Case Handled During the Pandemic?

July 27, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed many troubling vulnerabilities in our society. While many inequities and insecurities are being exposed and exacerbated by the virus, one area that is most worrisome has to do with child abuse and neglect. The systems in place to address the needs of abused and neglected children are being curtailed to… Read More »

What is a Permanency Hearing? 

July 13, 2020

Having a child removed from the home can be traumatizing. Though, every situation is different, the New Jersey’s Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP) can come to a house after a complaint of suspected child abuse or neglect and remove the child from the custody of the parents. This can lead to a chain… Read More »

DCPP Visitations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

June 22, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has affected everyone’s health, jobs, businesses, and lifestyles, impacting almost every aspect of daily living. Whether it is working from home, wearing a mask, or having to sanitize workplaces, daily life has changed dramatically. What makes it difficult is that there is so much information and misinformation out there, and people are… Read More »

How Can You Appeal a DCPP/DYFS Finding?

June 8, 2020

Families across New Jersey could be visited or investigated by the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP), previously known as DYFS. DCPP/DYFS cases can be frightening for parents, traumatizing for children, and you may feel as though the state has not acted in good faith when investigating your case. What Are the… Read More »