What Every Therapist Needs to Know About Court Cases filed by NJ DCP&P

Posted on August 21, 2019


Therapist that are treating a child or parent who is involved with the state Division of Child Protection and Permanency (CP&P, or Division, formerly the Division of Youth and Family Services, or DYFS ) may be asked to provide reports concerning them. This guide provides information about the court process, the various people encountered, and the therapist's role in the process.

To complete this guide, ACNJ sought input from different individual entities involved in CP&P cases called “stakeholders”. The hope is that as partners in the process, therapists providing services to children and families will come to understand the cultural background of the family, as well as the enormous stress and challenges many of these families face due to poverty, racial discrimination and stereotyping, homelessness, lack of education, health problems, living in high crime areas, and/or undocumented status. Alliances formed with families based on a basic understanding of life circumstances will increase the likelihood of achieving progress.

This guide was made possible with the generous support of The Schumann Fund for New Jersey.

If you have questions about this guide, please contact Mary Coogan at ACNJ via email to mcoogan@acnj.org or call (973) 643-3876.

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