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November, 2012

Allison C. Williams, Esq., Founder of NewJerseyDYFSdefense.com, to Appear on the Katie Couric Show

Allison C. Williams, Esq., founder of http://NewJerseyDYFSdefense.com, is going to appear on the Katie Couric show!!! The topic: Parents wrongfully Accused of Child Abuse. The show will be taped on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. During the program, Ms. Williams will be blogging on the issues discussed by Katie and the panelists. Stop by http://NewJerseyDYFSdefense.com on December 3rd for...

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Spanking + Accidental Injury = Child Abuse

When parents ask, “Is it ‘child abuse’ to spank my child”, the answer on paper is no. New Jersey prohibits “excessive” corporal punishment, thereby clearly permitting corporal punishment that is not excessive. See, N.J.S.A. 9:6-8.21(c); N.J. Div. of Youth & Family Servs. v. K.A., 413 N.J. Super. 504, 510-11 (App. Div. 2010). However, the Appellate...

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Happy Thanksgiving to the Families of New Jersey!

This time of year is fraught with sadness for so many people – particularly those children and families that are kept from their loved ones due to allegations of abuse or neglect. When abuse has been substantiated, families are kept apart to ensure safety of children. However, when abuse is only suspected, the separation of children from their families is all the more troubling and tragic....

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Mandatory Reporting of Child Neglect may Open the Floodgates

A medical malpractice case published on November 16, 2012, provides us with a new standard – and clear requirements – for reporting child abuse and neglect. In L.A. v. New Jersey Div. of Youth and Fam. Svcs, Jersey Shore Medical Center, Dr. Yu, et. al. , the Appellate Division interpreted the mandatory reporting provisions of Title 9, specifically N.J.S.A. 9:6-8.10, which provides:...

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Allison C. Williams, Esq. to Present a CLE on Confidential DYFS Records

New Jersey, among other states, requires licensed attorneys to attend a certain number of hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs every two years. Many bar associations and private companies provide these programs; however, the largest provider in the state is the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education (www.njicle.com). On Monday, November 12, 2012, Allison C. Williams,...

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