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The attorneys at Afonso Baker Archie Foley provide experienced representation to parents, foster parents, children, caretakers and families involved in all matters brought by the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency (formerly the Division of Youth and Family Services or DYFS). We understand that these matters are emotional and often very complicated.

Our office has over 100 combined years of experience handling DYFS/DCP&P matters. Two of our partners, Eric Foley and Ted Baker, are former Deputy Attorney Generals who prosecuted DYFS cases for many years after completing clerkships for Judges who presided over DYFS cases. In addition, Special Counsel to our office, Octavia Melendez, J.S.C. Ret., is a former New Jersey Superior Court Judge who presided over thousands of DYFS cases while on the bench. With this kind of experience, our lawyers bring a unique perspective that they bring to representing clients in this area of the law.

There is no greater power or intrusion than the State government interfering with family affairs. If you are subject to NJ DYFS / DCPP interference … we are the only law office in New Jersey to call. With two former DYFS Deputy Attorney Generals and a former DYFS Judge .. why call anyone else?