Department of Child Protection and Permanency
The Department of Child Protection and Permanency is New Jersey's child protection and child welfare agency within the New Jersey Department of Children and Families. Its mission is to ensure the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and support families. CP&P is responsible for investigating allegations of child abuse and neglect and, if necessary, arranging for the child's protection and the family's treatment.
DCP&P INVESTIGATIONS AND COURT ACTION
After a report of child abuse or neglect is filed, DCP&P will send a case worker to investigate the allegations. The case worker will interview witnesses in the home, school teachers, physicians and the child to assess the allegations of abuse and neglect.
After interviewing all parties, a case worker will generate a report. If the caseworker does not find evidence of abuse and neglect, the report will concluded that the allegations are "unfounded." If the case worker determines your child was abused or neglected, then the report will conclude that the allegations were "substantiated." If DCP&P does find evidence of abuse and neglect, further action will be taken. This action includes filing actions to remove your child, abuse and neglect charges, and possibly terminating your parental rights.
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