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Probate / Family Court

Probate / Family Court



Child Abuse and Neglect

Reporting abuse and neglect  -- anyone, including a child, who suspects child abuse or neglect, that a child is in danger of physical injury or is living in a seriously damaging home environment can make a report by calling 855-444-3911 24 hours a day. In addition, the Child Protection Law requires certain professionals to report suspected child abuse or neglect.  These professionals are known mandated reporters. 

Child protective cases are primarily investigated, prosecuted, serviced and managed by the Children's Protective Services and Family Court Divisions of the County Department of Human Services, however, the Court staff carries out these tasks in cases of educational neglect.

Cases in which children under the age of 18 are found physically or mentally abused by their parents (or parental figures) or without their health, material, educational or supervisory needs being met. The Court has the right to remove children from their families and place them elsewhere or remove parents from the home to maintain a child's safety while the case is proceeding. 


Religious-Based Denial of Medical Care for a Child

Cases in which the Court determines that medical care necessary for a child's health, quality of life or life is refused by the parent and that the basis of the refusal is a genuine religious belief. The Court may order necessary treatment but may not make a finding of neglect nor may the parent be listed on the State's Central Registry List of perpetrators of child abuse or neglect.

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