Allison C. Williams, Esq., Co-Founder and Partner at Paragano & Williams, LLC and newjerseydyfsdefense.com, reports on a major development on the issue of whether DYFS is permitted to take a newborn away solely based on the mother having done drugs during the pregnancy:
The New Jersey Supreme Court has put its foot down against DYFS automatically ripping custody of a newborn child from its mother due to evidence the mother used drugs during pregnancy. Without expert evidence that the child has been harmed or is in imminent danger or at substantial risk of harm, the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS), n/k/a the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP) cannot enter a finding of abuse and neglect under Title 9, the unanimous court held Wednesday…
For full details, please check out the full post at http://newjerseydyfsdefense.com/2013/02/07/supreme-court-rules-no-automatic-abuse-from-drug-use-during-pregnancy/
Thanks to Ms. Williams for authorizing the re-blogging of this article.