I do not have a lot of money, I am a single mom, and I am scared. I've only seen them 2 times, supervised, and they looked awful. it seems like this caseworker keepstrying to find "new" reasons why they were removed in the first place. HELP! PLEASE!
Call Allison Williams of Paragano and Williams. She has two offices. One up in union and one down in wall. Tell her I sent you. I refer her all of my dyfs cases because, in my opinion, she's as close to an "expert" in this area of law as they come.
Family Law Attorney
The Division of Child Protection and Permanency (formeryly known as DYFS) does not always need to provide notice when taking children. There are some situations which are deemed emergencies, in which they may have your children removed from your care immediately.
If you are unable to afford one, you have the right to an attorney. You should be able to apply through the Public Defender's Office, to the Office of Parental Representation in your county. I believe your county is Burlington.
My firm handles Division matters and you need to act right away to avoid further harm to your interests.
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Divorce / Separation Lawyer
The Division will notify you to appear in court for a "Dodd" hearing. That should occur in the next day or two. You may apply for a public defender at the hearing. Ask your caseworker for a "5A" form and submit it to Court at the beginning of the hearing. If you qualify, ask the judge for a PD to represent you immediately in the Dodd. I'm not sure how things work in Burlington County, but the OPR (Office of Parental Representation) of the Public Defender will often assign a PD to represent you "provisionally" at the Dodd, if someone is around. Good luck!
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