Why Did the DCPP Take Away My Children?
You believe you’re a good parent. You take care of your children and make sure all their needs are met. But every now and then, they can aggravate you to no end and you find yourself screaming at them. One day, there’s a knock on the door and it turns out to be representatives from New Jersey’s DCPP. They’ve come to take your children away. But why would they do that? And how can you get them back?
The Division of Child Protection and Permanency (formerly known as the Division of Youth and Family Services or DYFS) is a state agency that ensures the safety and well-being of children as well as offers support to families. Its major responsibility is to investigate any allegations of child abuse and neglect. And yes, if it believes the child is at risk, the agency will take the child away from the family for his/her own protection. The child could be placed in foster care until the parent or parents are considered fit enough to have the child back.
But how does DCPP learn of any abuse? Through its Child Abuse Hotline, it receives reports of child abuse and neglect which it will investigate. So that screaming you may have been doing, even if it wasn’t endangering the child, some nosy neighbor may have thought otherwise and called the DCPP.
Is it possible to fight the DCPP? Yes, but you’re going to need an experienced family lawyer to help you. For more than 26 years, the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone has been helping parents get their children back after the DCPP erroneously took them away. If this has happened to you, contact our office today for a free consultation.