What is the DYFS?DYFS stands for the Division of Youth and Family Services based in New Jersey in the Department of Families and Children as a welfare agency.When and why DYFS was founded?It was founded in the year 1974 in line with other agencies like CPS (Children Protective Services). This occurred due to heed by several states including New Jersey to the CAPTA of 1974 that required that all states put in place procedures to be used to investigate any suspected incidence of child abuse, abandonment or neglect.
Social responsibility and mission of DYFSThe main responsibility of DYFS is to investigate any allegations concerning neglect and child abuse and where need be ensures that the child is protected and the family treated. They have hotline services that receive all the issues concerning child neglect and abuse 24 hours a day and seven days a week. After the normal hours of business the hotline is connected to a SRU (special response unit) statewide network which is responsible for responding to any available reports. It also in collaboration with the community based organizations or agencies within the state offer services to both children and families. The services are parenting skills classes, counseling, substance abuse management, foster care, in-home services and residential placement just to mention but a few. The agency also is responsible in requesting the family court to place any child facing neglect or abuse under foster care. They also carry out adoption plans in situations where the court feels that the safety of the child is at risk if he or she returns home. Again they operate residential treatment centers that help youth that have needs to do with behavioral health. The mission of the welfare agency is to ensure that the well being, safety and permanency of children prevails and that different families are supported (Miller, 1998).
Type of service DFYS offers to the community and to who these services are directed?The agency in collaboration with the community based organizations or agencies within the state offer services to both children and families. The services are parenting skills classes, counseling, substance abuse management, foster care, in-home services and residential placement, licensing of centers that take care of children, adoption services, advocacy and guidance, therapeutic care for those having emotional problems, mentoring services and scholarship for children pursuing education.Who has the responsibility for reporting abuse and child abandonment?Every employee of the county or district has the responsibility to report any case of either suspected or actual neglect, abandonment or abuse of a child. They include medical practitioners, Dentists, therapists, school personnel, child care providers, Juvenile probation officers, law enforcement officers, correction employees, state family and children's ombudsman, hope center staff, psychologists among others( Miller,1998).What is the protocol to complaint and the investigation of child abuse and neglect?First is to recognize the child abuse, ensure that children are supported and protected, and their families helped throughout the investigation exercise, develop a collaborative and coordinated approach for investigating and reporting child abuse, develop a guide for creating and implementing local investigating and reporting procedures and ensures that all individuals and groups working on children's behalf well know their responsibilities (Miller, 1998).
What is the police responsibility when a complaint of child abuse is made?The police have been assigned with the responsibility of investigating any suspected or actual cases concerning child neglect, abuse or abandonment. They are believed to have the required expertise and ability to handle such cases (Vieth, 2005). Also they arrest and prosecute perpetrators of child abuse, offer assistance to agencies dealing with child protection, maintain reporting standards, remove the child from any situation considered dangerous and determine whether an act of child abuse warrant a arrest.What is the role of the court in child abuse case?The responsibility of the court is to ensure that the rights of both the parents and the child are protected. In light of the above responsibility the court will ensure that the safety of the child is guaranteed. It ensures that permanent homes are available for children who cannot make up with their family. In some cases orders the agencies for specific services and placement.