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What Are Title 9 and Title 30 in DCPP Cases?

October 2, 2019

Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP) complaints against parents or caregivers may allege violations of Title 9 or Title 30. In a Title 9 hearing, the DCPP must prove that child abuse or neglect has occurred and that it is necessary to remove the child from the home to ensure their safety. In a… Read More »

Why is DCPP Knocking on my Door?

September 18, 2019

A visit by an official from the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP) is an emotionally charged event. A parent or caregiver may feel fearful, confused, upset, betrayed, and angry, but it is essential to remain calm and cooperative. Knowing your legal rights in advance can help you make good decisions if you are… Read More »

Common DCPP Complaints

September 11, 2019

The Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP), formerly known as the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS), is responsible for investigating reports of suspected child abuse and neglect. The investigations are not criminal in nature, but rather are meant to assess the risks of harm to a child. The investigation then concludes whether… Read More »

What is the Child Abuse Registry and What is it Used For?

September 5, 2019

Being investigated by the Division of Child Protection & Permanency (DCPP) for suspected child abuse or neglect is a serious situation. New Jersey law mandates that the names of the parents or caregivers found to have a substantiated claim of child abuse or neglect be included on the New Jersey Child Abuse Registry. Though this… Read More »

Can Child Abuse Charges Go on a Criminal Record?

August 28, 2019

Anyone accused of child abuse or neglect is facing a serious situation that requires legal counsel. Allegations of abuse or neglect are not criminal charges, but they can lead to criminal charges if the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP) uncovers criminal activity during their investigation. DCPP often refers cases of substantiated child abuse… Read More »

Should I Cooperate with DCPP?

August 21, 2019

For parents facing an investigation from the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP), the experience can be incredibly frightening. They likely fear the fallout of saying or doing the wrong thing, worried their children will be removed and placed in a foster home. Unfortunately, some DCPP workers use that fear to their advantage, intimidating… Read More »