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Child Protection and Permanency is New Jersey's child protection and child welfare agency within the New Jersey Department of Children and Families. Its mission is to ensure the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and support families. CP&P is responsible for investigating allegations of child abuse and neglect and, if necessary, arranging for the child's protection and the family's treatment. The Child Abuse Hotline (State Central Registry) receives reports of child abuse and neglect 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.  Reports requiring a field response are forwarded to the CP&P Local Office who investigates.

List of CP&P Local Offices After standard business hours, the hotline is linked to a statewide network of Special Response Units that respond to reports.

About reporting child abuse CP&P contracts with community-based agencies throughout the state to provide services for children and families. Services include counseling, parenting skills classes, substance abuse treatment, in-home services, foster care and residential placement. If a child has been harmed or is at risk of harm, CP&P may ask the county family court to place the child in foster care. Foster homes are provided by caring individuals who have completed an extensive licensing program. 

Become a foster parent 

If the family court determines a child cannot be safely returned home from foster care, CP&P will begin adoption planning.

How to adopt a child