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Exceptions to Parent-Child Reunification

Hudson County DYFS Lawyer

The DYFS claims that their goal is to return displaced children to their parental homes. Regardless of its intentions, DYFS has outlined numerous exceptions when the permanency plan does not include child-parent reunification. The family law attorneys of Maynard & Sumner, LLC in Morristown review the Division's arguments and develop defenses and present solutions. If you are being investigated on an allegation, consult a DYFS defense lawyer who will aggressively fight for your family's interests. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 973-540-0054.

Passaic County Family Law Attorney

When the Division of Youth and Family Services conducts an interview of the family members and an inspection of the home, they are looking for evidence to determine whether your child is safe in your care. Whether their investigation proves accurate is a different question. It is during this investigation or follow-up investigations that DYFS will decide whether it is in the child's interest to be returned home. Reasons for denying reunification include:

  • The parent(s) have "fixed characteristics" that impair his or her ability to adequately care for the child, such as chronic psychosis or substance abuse, mental retardation or a sever personality disorder
  • The parent(s) killed or inflicted serious bodily injury on another child
  • The parent(s) had their parental rights terminated for another child
  • The parent(s) sexually abused or allowed another person to sexually abuse the child
  • The parent(s) have a history of severe or chronic child neglect and have failed to benefit from provided services
  • The parent(s) have been chronically incarcerated or incarcerated for a long period of time
  • The parent(s) are minors and demonstrate that they do not have family and friends who are willing to help raise the child
  • The child was given up to foster care at birth, and the child does not have family or friends who can help rear the child
  • The child has serious mental or physical health problems and the parents cannot cope or handle the child's disabilities, even with the aid of professional help
  • The child is abandoned or orphaned

An experience family law attorney is needed to defend any DYFS allegation or action. Do not hesitate to obtain the legal counsel and advice you deserve. Contact the family law firm of Maynard & Sumner, LLC in northern New Jersey to analyze your DYFS case and provide you with the aggressive representation you deserve. Call us today at 973-540-0054 or email us to schedule a free consultation.