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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 »

Is Leaving a Child Unsupervised Considered Neglect?

March 30, 2021

The decision to leave a child home alone is not one that parents or caregivers should take lightly. While it may have been a common practice decades ago, the public is now more aware of how dangerous it can be in certain situations. Nowadays, there are laws that prevent parents and caregivers from leaving children… Read More »

Do Parents and Children Have Confidentiality Rights in Child Abuse Cases?

March 15, 2021

Legal information regarding suspected child abuse or neglect tends to be kept confidential by most government entities. Confidentiality serves several purposes, and it also makes it nearly impossible for someone to find out the details about an alleged child abuse case. The most important reason for confidentiality in any child abuse case involves the future… Read More »

What Should I Do if My Child is Placed in Foster Care?

February 24, 2021

The Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP) is an organization that aims to ensure that all children live in stable and secure homes. In the event that a parent is abusive or neglectful, the DCPP may remove the child until an investigation disproves the claims or until the courts decide that reunification is possible.… Read More »

Can I Advance My DCPP Case?

February 9, 2021

The Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP) is an agency that investigates claims of child abuse and neglect. After receiving a referral, the agency initiates an investigation on the child’s parents. This serious accusation could lead to a family losing custody of their child. Due to the severity of the case, it may take… Read More »