DCP&P Legal Assistance in Somerset County, NJ

At the Aretsky Law Group, our Somerset County DCP&P attorneys understand the toll that a DCP&P case can take on a family. The New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P), which was previously known as the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) is responsible for investigating into the welfare of children at risk for all forms of abuse and/or neglect in Somerset County. DCP&P involvement often triggers lengthy legal processes, causing emotional strain for families. Our Somerset County DCP&P lawyers approach these sensitive matters with empathy and skill, advocating for your rights while preventing undue intrusion into your life by DCP&P. Regardless of the validity of allegations, you have the right to defend yourself, and our Somerset County DCP&P attorneys are dedicated to safeguarding your family and reputation.

Overview of the DCP&P Investigative Process

It is important to note that the goal of DCP&P investigations in Somerset County is to promote the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, while also supporting families whenever possible. Below are the steps that the Somerset County DCP&P follows when a report has been made:

  • Report: The process begins with the receipt of a report regarding suspected child abuse or neglect, which can be made by anyone, including professionals or concerned individuals.
  • Screening: Upon receiving a report, the DCP&P screens it to determine if it meets the criteria for further investigation. Reports alleging serious abuse or neglect, or indicating an immediate threat to a child's safety, are usually investigated promptly.
  • Assessment: If the report is deemed credible, a DCP&P worker will be assigned to conduct an assessment. This involves gathering information from various sources, including interviews with the child, parents or caregivers, and other relevant individuals such as teachers or neighbors. The worker will assess the safety of the child, the risk of future harm, and the family's strengths and needs.
  • Safety Planning: If the assessment reveals safety concerns, the DCP&P may develop a safety plan with the family to mitigate risks and ensure the child's immediate safety. This could involve temporary placement with relatives, referrals to services, or other interventions.
  • Investigation: In cases where abuse or neglect is substantiated or suspected, a more thorough investigation may be conducted. This can involve gathering additional evidence, such as medical records or witness statements, and may involve collaboration with law enforcement agencies.
  • Case Decision: Based on the findings of the assessment and investigation, the DCP&P will make a determination about the need for ongoing involvement with the family. This could range from providing voluntary services to the family to filing a court petition for protective services or removal of the child from the home.
  • Service Provision: If ongoing involvement is deemed necessary, the DCP&P may provide or coordinate services to support the family and address underlying issues contributing to the maltreatment. This could include counseling, parenting classes, substance abuse treatment, or housing assistance.
  • Case Monitoring and Review: Throughout the process, the DCP&P monitors the family's progress and reassesses safety and risk factors. Reviews may be conducted periodically to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions and determine if further action is needed.

If you find yourself at any stage of this process, hiring an attorney can provide several benefits. Attorneys like ours who specialize in family law and child welfare are familiar with the intricacies of DCP&P investigations and proceedings. They understand the relevant law, regulations and procedures, which can be complex and confusing for individuals without legal training. Additionally, an attorney can ensure that your rights are protected throughout the process, including during interviews, assessments, and court hearings.

The Somerset County DCP&P has offices located at:

92 East Main Street
Suite 101
Somerville, NJ 08876

Why Choose Us

Our Somerset County DCP&P lawyers will serve as your advocate, representing your interests and advocating for the best possible outcome for you and your family. They are adept at challenging DCP&P findings or decisions that may not be properly supported by evidence or are not in the best interest of the child. The attorneys at the Aretsky Law Group know how to navigate the DCP&P system in Somerset County and will guide you through the DCP&P process seamlessly, making sure you understand your rights and options so that you can make informed decisions. Hiring one of our Somerset County DCP&P lawyers will help level the playing field and ensure that you have knowledgeable and experienced representation, so don’t wait. Call us today for your free consultation 201-580-3411.

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