What are NJ DYFS Care & Supervision Cases?
Anytime you have to deal with DYFS, it is a serious matter. During a care and supervision case, your child remain in your home while DYFS provides various services for you to do to ensure the house is a safe and secure environment. Substance abuse testing and psychological exams are just a couple of services the Court may ask you to do over time.
Just because your child has not been removed from your home, does not mean that your parental rights cannot be terminated. It is important to hire an attorney who will fight very hard for you to get your Care and Supervision case dismissed. Our team of experienced and tough NJ DYFS lawyers will be able to guide you in the right direction, and help determine whether the services you have been asked to do are fair and just, as well as help show that you deserve to maintain your parental rights. We are here to help you keep your child, so let us handle DYFS.
Call our New Jersey DYFS attorneys on our 24/7 toll free hotline at 1-855-9JEFLAW (1-855-953-3529). You’ll be connected with one of our smart and dedicated attorneys, who are here to work to help you keep your child and prove that you are a fit parent.
How to Appeal Child Investigation Findings
When it comes to findings in New Jersey, which are the outcomes of child protection investigations, not all are valid. These findings give DYFS the needed information to protect a child, as well as help the court put the necessary protections in place. Although DYFS works hard to protect children and their best interests, everybody makes mistakes, and you may disagree with their findings. If you disagree with what DYFS has found, then you have the right to appeal the findings from a child protection investigation.
Before appealing, it would be beneficial to understand a few things:
- After DYFS makes their decision, you can only request an appeal of one kind of decision they made. Other findings can be appealed, but substantiated findings are appealed differently than findings that are not substantiated.
- Once you have received the written notice of Substantiated findings, you must write your request of an administrative appeal hearing within the next 20 days.
- If the findings are “Established” or “Not Established,” you have 45 days to file your Notice of Appeal with the Appellate Division.
- While the hearing will be held in front of an administrative law judge, you will have the opportunity to argue your case and prevent evidence that will support your argument.
If you succeed in your appeal, the changed decision will be recorded, and copies of this change will be given to all parties who are interested such as law enforcement or other parties to the case.
Not many parents realize that DYFS makes wrong and uninformed decisions from time to time. If you do not agree with the decisions made in your child protection investigation, our team of highly intelligent lawyers can help. Be sure to call our 24/7 toll-free hotline at 1-855-9JEFLAW (1-855-953-3529), and we’ll be happy to help.
FAQ – what are my rights with DYFS / DCPP?
One of the most asked questions I get is what are my rights when dealing with DYFS / DCPP? This is a tough question to answer since I don’t think that is the exact question the people are actually asking. If I answer the question directly, the answer is basically that you have the right to hire a lawyer or not hire a lawyer. I really don’t see any other “rights” that you have. Again, I think the actually question here is what are my options or how do I handle this case? The answer though is really the same. That is because it is crazy to handle a DYFS situation on your own, at least in my opinion. Anything you say can be used against you in a DYFS / DCPP complaint. Even if you don’t actually say something, the fact that you are talking to them allows the case worker to twist your words or put words in your mouth. In almost every DYFS case we have handled, we’ve had a client complain that DYFS is lying. I find it impossible to believe that every single client is making that up.
When you deal with DYFS by yourself, you are really in a catch-22 situation. If you don’t comply, DYFS could bring you to court for non-compliance. If you do comply, you may be giving DYFS all the information they need to build a case against you. Its a really tough position to be in. A tough and aggressive DYFS lawyer can come in and resolve the case for you. The lawyer is there to get information and give information without exposing you to danger. Our team of tough, smart lawyers can help you do that. We can work with DYFS’ lawyer to shut the case down and stop them from bullying you.