What Is the Division of Child Protection and Permanency?By Moskowitz Law Group, LLC |
As the name suggests, the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P, formerly the Division of Youth and Family Services or DYFS) is an agency designed to protect children from abuse and neglect. This division is part of the New Jersey Department of Children and Families and its mission is to ensure that all New Jersey residents, regardless of age or circumstances are protected from abuse or neglect and granted certain opportunities to improve their lives. Learn more about DCP&P and its role in family law matters from the legal team at Moskowitz Law Group.
What Does DCP&P Do?
This agency investigates all reports of child abuse or neglect. Once a report is filed, DCP&P sends a caseworker to the child’s home to perform an initial investigation. The caseworker asks the parents several questions and takes notes about the environment. They must also see every child that lives in the home and may ask to speak with other people close to the child to gather more information.
Caseworkers are legally required to keep the name of the individual who filed the report confidential. However, parents or children may ask about details related to the allegations. If a DCP&P case worker is denied entry into a home, they can seek help from the police or a judge.
After the caseworker completes their investigation, DCP&P will review the case in a timely manner and recommend any possible next steps, such as additional legal proceedings or services to assist the child. This process can be confusing and elaborate. So, it is best to hire a family law attorney as soon as you find yourself involved with DCP&P, whether you filed the report or are under investigation.
Why Should People Be Familiar With DCP&P?
It is important for citizens to be aware of what DCP&P does and how this agency works. The unfortunate truth is that some parents don’t raise their children in a safe environment. Understanding what you should and should not do as a parent, as well as how to help any children you believe are experiencing abuse or neglect, helps with the DCP&P’s mission of keeping all New Jersey children safe.
Call Moskowitz Law Group About Your Parental Rights and Responsibilities
When you become involved with the Division of Child Protection and Permanency, you should retain a capable family law attorney as soon as possible. Even when only one parent is accused of either child abuse or neglect, both parents will typically be named in the court case and should each have their own legal counsel.
If you cannot afford an attorney, you may qualify for representation from the Office of Parental Representation (OPR). However, Moskowitz Law Group offers a free case evaluation. Call us any time to set up your consultation. Our experienced family law attorneys can fight tirelessly for you and your rights.