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Division of Child Protection and Permanency

The Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP), formerly known as the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS), is an agency within the New Jersey Department of Children and Families. Its mission is to assist all New Jersey residents and provide safety, permanency, and well-being of the most vulnerable children and families. That includes the responsibility to investigate allegations of child abuse and neglect. In addition, DCPP will arrange certain services for families that will ensure the safety and well-being of the children. But it is important to remember that DCPP has the power to apply to the Court and limit your time with your children or even move your children out of your home.

While the goal of the division is to protect, it is not uncommon for there to be false allegations. As mandated reporters, schoolteachers are legally obligated to report any signs of abuse or neglect of a child to the appropriate authorities immediately. Miscommunication or misunderstandings of the child or their family’s situation can result in DCPP showing up to your home to investigate. Likewise, a neighbor, coach, physician, or public servant may also read the situation incorrectly and call DCPP. Regardless of the allegations brought against you, understanding your rights is critical.

DCPP investigations are often significantly different than law enforcement investigations. You and your family should be aware that DCPP investigators can be working on your case at the same time criminal investigators are also investigating accusations against you or your family. Because these investigations are very different, they should be handled very differently. In a DCPP investigation it is vital to understand the procedures of DCPP but also to have substantial experience in criminal defense and family law.

Call Today for a Free Consultation with an Attorney Who Will Fight for You and Your Family

If you find yourself or your child as the subject of a DCPP investigation, a skilled attorney well versed in child abuse and neglect can clearly explain your rights, the process, and advocate in your defense. DCPP takes all allegations very seriously and will do everything in its power to protect a child. Protect your family today. Contact The Law Offices of Stephen R. Piper, LLC, online or by calling: 856-333-3586.