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OCTOBER 2017
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  • Read: The Last Stand: After Parental Rights Termination
  • Watch: Check out this message from Melissa R. Barrella, Esq.  
  • Read: Do Child Abuse Allegations and Criminal Charges Go Hand in Hand? 
  • FAQ: DCPP Case Worker Is Contacting Me, Can I Request Communications Be Submitted through My Attorney?
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The Last Stand: After Parental Rights Termination

 
Ending the Relationship 
 

When a court terminates parental rights, it ends the legal relationship between the parent and child. The parent no longer has legal or physical custody and has no rights when it comes to caring for or making decisions about the child. Parental rights termination most commonly occurs when another person wants to adopt the child.

After parental rights are terminated, and especially if the child is adopted by another family, the biological parent has very few rights or privileges regarding the child.

Your Rights After Termination

After your parental rights are terminated, you lose the right to contact your child or get information about your child. If your child has been adopted, it is up to the adoptive parents to decide whether they will permit you the privilege of staying involved in any way in your child’s life, but you do not have a legal right you can protect.

A parent can voluntarily surrender his or her parental rights but, in doing so, loses the right to appeal the surrender. However, if you make an identified surrender, which occurs when a specific person has been identified to adopt your child, your rights could be reinstated if that person was later unable to adopt your child. The DCP&P may still try to find another potential adoptive parent, so your rights might not be permanently reinstated.

Read More: 
http://newjerseydyfsdefense.com/the-last-stand-after-parental-rights-termination

Check out this message from our Associate Attorney, Melissa R. Barrella, Esq. 

Do Child Abuse Allegations and Criminal Charges Go Hand in Hand? 

 
Facing Allegations 

Being subject to a child abuse investigation can make you feel like a criminal. Once allegations against you are made, New Jersey’s child welfare agency (DCP&P) must swoop in and conduct a thorough investigation to establish whether those allegations are founded. You will be questioned, could have some rights taken away, or be separated from your child. Caseworkers and other authorities might treat you like you committed a crime even before the investigation is over, and you will be given little guidance from the agency throughout this process.

The Agency’s Purpose

Although you might feel like a criminal suspect when facing child abuse allegations, it’s important to understand DCP&P is not a criminal agency. Its sole purpose is to ensure the safety of New Jersey’s children. It is concerned with whether you abused or neglected your child but only so it can best keep your child safe from harm.

Where the Authority Lies

The DCP&P does not have the authority to arrest you or file criminal charges against you. Even a substantiated finding of child abuse or neglect does not necessarily mean the parent will be charged with a crime. In light of certain facts, however, the agency is required by law to notify the prosecuting attorney’s office. Examples of situations when the agency must notify the county prosecutor’s office include:

  • The parent sexually abused the child
  • The parent seriously physically injured the child, or
  • The parent killed the child

In these cases, the agency is obligated to involve the criminal court. In the majority of child abuse cases investigated by the DCP&P, however, the parents are not charged with criminal offenses.
 

Read Morehttp://newjerseydyfsdefense.com/do-child-abuse-allegations-and-criminal-charges-go-hand-in-hand

DCPP Caseworker Is Contacting Me, Can I Request Communications Be Submitted Through My Attorney? 


 

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