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Understanding Abuse and Neglect Accusations in New Jersey

Child abuse and child neglect are two harmful actions towards children, which threaten the health, safety, and development of a child. Both child abuse and child neglect can result in a child welfare case, so contact a dependable New Jersey DYFS lawyer right away. While both of these actions are harmful to a child, they are both caused by different actions. Below, our NJ DYFS law firm will go into a bit more on how you can differentiate between child abuse and child neglect.

What is Child Abuse?

Children can be abused in many ways. Whether it be physical, emotional, or sexual, child abuse is when a parent or caregiver is harming a child, or putting that child at risk of harm. Abuse can happen once, or it can be a series of events done by the parent or caretaker. Inflicting physical injury, emotionally abusing a child, or involving a child in a sexual act are all examples of child abuse. Any of these can psychologically and physically damage a child.

What is Child Neglect?

Child neglect is just as harmful as child abuse, although it differs in the sense that there is a lack of action by the caregiver. Meaning, if a parent of caregiver doesn’t give their child the proper care needed as a child, such as sufficient shelter, clothing, food, medical care, supervision, and education. While neglect is usually a string of ongoing mistreatment, it can also occur from one instance.

Being able to distinguish the difference between these two terms is very important. It is crucial to understand your rights when discussing your child and his or her safety. If you are facing accusations that you have abused or neglected your child, our team of New Jersey custody lawyers are dedicated and hardworking individuals, determined to help you get your child into the right hands. Call our 24 hour toll-free hotline now at 1-855-9JEFLAW (1-855-953-3529) to discuss your case.

Client hires us just in time

Client’s son was accused of molesting a cousin.  The cousin was staying in her house because of another family member’s DYFS case.  The mother of the alleged victim made the allegations directly to my client but other than that, everything was quiet for a few days.  She was really on the fence about hiring us since it seemed like nothing may happen.  After much debate, she decided to hire us.

Within 48 hours, she received calls from DYFS and the Prosecutor’s Office.  I fielded the call from the Detective of course.  After explaining our position to him, I was able to get them to close their investigation and send the case back to DYFS.  I also alerted the child’s school that no one should be interviewing the child.  Needless to say, the client is very relieved that we were in her corner ahead of time rather than having to try to get us on board after those calls.