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September 2017 
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  • Read: Tips for When Caseworkers are Knocking at Your Door
  • Watch: Check out this message from Cristyn D. Clifton, Esq. 
  • Read: How Long Can Child Welfare Investigations Last? 
  • FAQ: What is involved in a Substance Abuse Evaluation? 
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Tips for When Caseworkers are Knocking at Your Door

 
When You Need to Know Your Rights 

 

Child protective services operated by the Division of Child Protection and Permanency in New Jersey is responsible for ensuring the safety of all children in the state. With that duty in mind, unannounced home visits are sometimes necessary, especially when caseworkers have reason to believe a child may be in imminent danger. But when caseworkers are knocking at your door, your mind isn’t on their objective. It’s on protecting you and your family. You can accomplish this if you know your rights and know how to play their game, and here are some tips on how to do so.

Caseworkers can get a warrant to enter your home if you deny them access. Will initially denying them access send them away? Possibly. Will it prevent an investigation? No. If the caseworker threatens to get a warrant to enter, take them seriously.

Once you let the caseworker in, make sure he or she gives you the details of the allegation. Once he or she leaves, you will want to call an attorney, and that attorney will be able to give you better guidance knowing exactly what the allegations are. You have a right to know the specifics; “abuse” or “neglect” is not sufficient explanation and won’t help you fight the agency.

Try to stay silent.  CPS cases are not criminal cases, and caseworkers cannot press charges. Nevertheless, you are innocent—so to speak—until the allegations are proven. The more information you provide, the more you help them out. Don’t agree to the allegations or admit to harming your child, no matter how much they pressure you. Cooperate to the extent that you are required to do, but speak with an attorney before you say anything that could be a red flag to caseworkers.

READ MORE: http://newjerseydyfsdefense.com/tips-for-when-caseworkers-are-knocking-at-your-door

Check out this message from our Senior Associate, Cristyn D. Clifton, Esq. 

How Long Can Child Welfare Investigations Last? 

 
When Time Is of the Essence
 

When you are under investigation for child abuse or neglect, time is important, especially if you are separated from your child. Every day that goes by can bring a host of new worries. Fortunately, child welfare investigations must follow certain protocol to ensure fairness and to minimize the amount of time the family is impacted. Guidelines stipulate investigations must commence within 24 hours of receiving a report. Typically it begins with the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P) contacting you. For some parents, this means caseworkers showing up on their doorstep. Investigations must be completed within 60 days, absent any “exceptional circumstances.”

Unfortunately, investigations can be delayed, and some parents find themselves wondering what they can do to expedite the process. Exceptional circumstances—a general term to accommodate for unforeseen difficulties—do come up, and when your investigation does continue past 60 days, it’s normal to be concerned.

Influencing Factors

The length of your investigation can vary based on numerous factors such as the facts and circumstances surrounding the allegation and what the caseworkers need to do to thoroughly investigate it. The workload of the investigating caseworkers can also delay the process. To complete a thorough investigation, caseworkers might need to:

  • Observe the child and his or her injuries
  • Observe other children in the household
  •  Get statements from parents, neighbors, and others people in the child’s life
  • Speak with the child and other children in the household
  • Review medical records when applicable
What Is Involved in a Substance Abuse Evaluation? 
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