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The Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) now the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP) is an agency of the state’s Department of Children and Families which is responsible for responding to allegations of abuse and neglect under N.J.S.A. 9:6-8.10. DYFS is required by law to investigate every abuse and neglect allegation, therefore these reports land DYFS at your door.
You may need a DCPP attorney that will help you; to keep your family happy and together.
What to do when DYFS / DCPP comes to your door?
Your goal when DYFS arrives is to get them to leave your family alone as quickly and inexpensively as possible. Most people believe by giving as much information as possible DYFS will understand the situation, be reasonable and go away. Oftentimes this is not the case and the very information you give them believing they would help, will be used against you in litigation. DYFS is not an agency to tackle on your own. Be polite, respectful and cooperative with the DYFS worker, their impression of the situation is significant and investigations can turn into removals and litigation.
Every interaction with DYFS creates a record about you. The investigation stage is the most important time in a case and having an experienced attorney to guide you through this is essential. The DYFS worker is there to protect your children; they are not there to protect your parental rights. You need someone looking out for your interest.