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“Division of Child Protection and Permanency”

Use of Child Interviews in DCPP Cases

In Family Court, children are often witnesses to matters before the Court.  Children may witness domestic violence between their parents.  They may provide exculpatory information to refute allegations of adultery or neglect.  In such cases, trial Courts usually shy away from placing children on the witness stand in open Court and instead conduct child interviews in the judge’s chambers,...

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No More KLG based upon DCPP Lies … at least Not This One Particular Lie

In a published decision on June 11, 2013, the Appellate Division has explicitly prohibited trial Courts from ratifying the outright FALSE information given to resource parents by the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (“DCPP”) (formerly, the Division of Youth and Family Services (“DYFS”)). Specifically, in DYFS v. H.R. & N.B., the Appellate Division remanded...

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The Importance of Appealing a DYFS/DCPP Substantiation of Abuse/Neglect

If the Division of Child Protection and Permanency substantiates an allegation of child abuse or neglect, the perpetrator’s name is listed on the Child Abuse Central Registry. N.J.S.A. 9:6-8.11. This is a confidential list that is maintained by the Department of Children and Families. Only a limited number of agencies have a statutory right to access the Registry, including licensed...

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What is a Dodd Removal?

When DCPP, the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (formerly, DYFS, the Division of Youth and Family Services) investigates an allegation of child abuse or neglect, and uncovers what it believes to be “imminent risk of harm”, the Division may remove the children from the home immediately without a court order. N.J.S.A. 9:6-8.28. This removal is referred to as a...

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Defending DYFS/DCPP Cases: An Essential Primer

On Saturday, April 27, 2013, Allison C. Williams, Esq., Founder of NewJerseyDYFSdefense.com, will be presenting a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminar for the lawyers and judges of New Jersey. The topic: Parental Defense in DYFS/DCPP cases. The presentation will take place at the Crowne Plaza in Fairfield. To register for this CLE, visit www.njicle.com. If you or someone you know is involved...

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