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Child Abuse or Neglect (FN Docket Type)

Child Abuse (FN) cases involve complaints filed with the court alleging child abuse or neglect. After a DYFS caseworker makes a preliminary investigation into an allegation of child abuse or neglect, they may file a complaint with the Deputy Attorney General (DAG). The DAG then files a Complaint and Order to Show Cause with the Court to protect the child from harm.

The Court assigns a return date on the Order to Show Cause within 21 days. Thereafter Case Management Conferences are scheduled. A Fact Finding Hearing is to be heard within 4 months of the final Case Management Conference. The parents may stipulate to a family in need of services a finding of abuse. If a stipulation is not signed, a Fact Finding Trial is held to determine whether or not the child has been abused or neglected. At this Hearing the Judge will make determinations regarding the allegations in the complaint.

Within one year of the establishment of the case, a permanency hearing must be held by the court. This hearing will establish a permanent plan and a Permanency Order will be entered. If DYFS plans to proceed to terminate the parental rights and take guardianship of the child, a complaint for guardianship and termination of parental rights must be filed.


Contact Information

Atlantic County Civil Court Building
1201 Bacharach Boulevard
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Phone #: (609) 594-3509
Fax#: (609) 343-2290

Cape May County Courthouse
9 North Main Street
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
Contact Person: Bernadette Myers
Phone #: (609) 463-6642

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