Can DYFS Take Away My Parental Rights?
Yes. If you are found to be an unfit parent, your parenting rights can be taken from you by DYFS. There is a four-prong test that must be met, with undoubtedly clear and confident evidence. If these four standards are met, DYFS must request to file a petition to remove your rights as a parent on the grounds of the “best interests of the child.”
Below are the following standards that must be met in order for NJ DYFS to take action:
- The parent’s relationship with the child has, or will continue to endanger the child’s safety, health, or development.
- If the parent can’t or will not eliminate the harm that faces the child. Also, the parent can’t or will not provide a safe and stable home for the child, and the delay of the placement process will add to the harm of the child.
- DYFS attempted to help the parent correct their current circumstances with provided services, as this led to the child being placed outside the home, and the court has examined alternatives to the termination of parental rights.
- Terminating the parent’s rights will not harm the child, as much as it would if the parental rights remain in place.
If DYFS is accusing you of these acts, and your parental rights are on the line, you need a lawyer who will fight for you and your rights. Our team of tough and smart New Jersey DYFS attorneys will go the extra mile for you, fighting for your parental rights as if they were our own. Call our NJ DYFS lawyers now at our 24/7 toll free hotline at 1-855-9JEFLAW (1-855-953-3529) and we’ll be happy to help.