How much “caution” is Enough for DYFS?
"Every failure to perform a cautionary act is not abuse or neglect. When the failure to perform a cautionary act is merely negligent, it does not trigger section...
Divided Loyalties NOT Allowed by DYFS
In DYFS v. E.R., the Appellate Division upheld a finding of neglect against a parent who violated a DYFS case plan by repeatedly exposing her daughter to the...
Corroboration: When Should A Child’s Hearsay Statement be Allowed in a DYFS Case?
In a recent unpublished decision, DYFS v. J.B. & N.D., the Appellate Division reversed a finding of neglect against parents, citing insufficient factual support for the trial Court's...
DYFS Defense: Termination by Default
When DYFS becomes involved with a family, the clock starts ticking from the time a child is removed from a parent and placed into DYFS custody. Parents, oftentimes...
DYFS Idiosyncracies: Termination of Parental Rights Tidbits
In a recent unpublished decision, DYFS v. J.C.G., the Appellate Division reversed the termination of parental rights, highlighting several key principles that govern this area of law:1. DYFS...
DYFS Abuse Findings Must Be Based on Specific Harm or Substantial Risk of Harm
In a recent unpublished decision, DYFS v. S.S. the Appellate Division reversed a finding of abuse and neglect when the proofs showed that the mother separated from an...
DYFS v. K.T. – Excessive corporal punishment revisited?
In DYFS v. K.T., the Appellate Division reversed a trial Court's finding of no abuse or neglect in a case of alleged excessive corporal punishment. In K.T., a...
DYFS v. M.P.: Imperfect Parenting as Child Abuse or Neglect?
In the recent unpublished decision of DYFS v. M.P. & D.C., the Appellate Division reversed a trial Court's finding of abuse and neglect against a mother, determining the...
Shaken Baby Syndrome Evidence Questioned
Below is the link to an interesting article on "abusive head trauma", formerly known as "Shaken Baby Syndrome". Has medicine finally discovered the err of its ways? And,...
Parental Alienation as a Child Protection Issue
Interesting article on Child Alienation as Child Abuse: http://www.breakthroughparenting.com/PAS.htm