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Child abuse and/or neglect in New Jersey is an issue that is aggressively pursued, as it should be, by authorities in order to protect children from death and imminent serious injury. The agency that is charged with investigating allegations of child abuse and/or neglect is the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, Division of Child Protection and Permanency. (DCP&P formerly known as the Division of Youth and Family Services or DYFS). When a parent or guardian is initially confronted by DCP&P with allegations, usually anonymously reported, of having abused and/or neglected a child, the reaction is generally shock and fear.
The most fundamental right and joy in life is being a parent and raising children to be successful and contributing adults. Let's be clear, under the appropriate legal conditions, DCP&P with its vast resources can be successful in having the court terminate the fundamental right to raise your child.
The family law attorneys at The Chiacchio Law Firm are experienced in litigating these types of cases. Mr. Chiachhio is a former Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey, Mr. Chiacchio civilly prosecuted, on behalf of what was then called DYFS, abuse and/or neglect cases. It is critical for parents or guardians to obtain an attorney as soon as possible after DCP&P first makes contact.
Overreaching by a state agency is not uncommon and that applies to DCP&P. The mere fact that an allegation has been made that a child has been abused by his or her parents does not mean that, that is actually what happened. Our family law attorneys understands the impact that a finding of child abuse and/or neglect can have on the family as a whole and the accused individual's career and reputation. They are devoted to zealously defending a parent or guarding to help ensure that the family remains intact and the emotional and financial implications of DCP&P involvement is minimized to the greatest extent possible.
Whether it be a matter that is before the New Jersey Superior Court or the challenge of an abuse and/or neglect matter being heard in the New Jersey Office of Administrative Law, our family law attorneys stand ready, willing and able to represent you and your family's interests.