New Jersey DYFS Care and Supervision Attorneys
Care & Supervision cases are the vehicle where DYFS seeks to force you to do something. Quite often, DYFS has not removed the children but are attempting to force you to undergo services. Just because the children have not been removed, does not mean that parental rights cannot be terminated. In fact, "termination proceedings, which are brought pursuant to N.J.S.A. 30:4C-15, do not require a prior determination of abuse or neglect. Unlike Title 9 abuse and neglect cases, a parent's fitness is not the touchstone under the best-interests standard" for termination of parental rights set forth in N.J.S.A. 30:4C-15.1(a)). In addition, DYFS may obtain custody of a child in need of care and supervision in a proceeding brought under Title 30 without any prior action under Title 9. N.J.S.A. 30:4C-12. If you are facing a Title 30 case or any other DYFS case, call us today by using the contact us tab in the top menu.
The standard for Title 30 cases is as follows: "if it appears that [a] child requires care and supervision by [DYFS] or other action to ensure the health and safety of the child, DYFS may apply to the Family Part of the Chancery Division of the Superior Court for an order making the child a ward of the court and placing the child under the care and supervision or custody of DYFS". The biggest mistake people is thinking that they do not need an attorney, especially since DYFS did not take the children away in the Title 30 case.