That varies greatly from case to case. Under state law, anyone who believes a child may be abused is required by law to report. The statute does not address the issue of neglect, even though when we talk about child abuse, we often include child abuse and neglect. Typically, those calls come from third parties such as school personnel, mental health professionals, medical professionals, and neighbors. In addition, relatives can call when they feel there’s something going on in a family and they can’t persuade their child, cousin, or whomever it is to address the issues that need to be addressed. But, of course, you have parents calling on each other on a regular basis.
Allison C. Williams is a matrimonial and family law attorney serving Short Hills New Jersey. Her practice places an emphasis on complex child welfare matters. www.familylawyersnewjersey.com