The Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS)[DYE-fuss] is New Jersey's child protection agency. It is part of the Department of Children and Families. Before 1996 It was called Child Protection Services.
Its stated mission is to "ensure the safety, permanency and well-being of children and to support families." The division is responsible for investigating allegations of child abuse and neglect and, when needed, arranging for the child's protection... In 2004 New Jersey's Child Advocate, Kevin Ryan called DYFS a "systematic failure" and "a debilitated agency that was in need of a complete overhaul."
In 2003 Bruce Jackson, a 19-year-old boy who weighed only 45 pounds was found eating food out of a garbage can in Collingswood, New Jersey. The parents, authorities allege, were starving him and under feeding the other children. In October 2005, lawyers for the four boys settled their lawsuit against New Jersey for $12.5 million. It was one of the largest settlements in the United States for a child welfare case.
^"About the Division of Youth and Family Services". New Jersey. Retrieved 2009-11-28. "The Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) is New Jersey's child protection and child welfare agency within the Department of Children and Families. Its mission is to ensure the safety, permanency and well-being of children and to support families. DYFS is responsible for investigating allegations of child abuse and neglect and, if necessary, arranging for the child's protection and the family's treatment."
^Kelley, Tina (November 11, 2005). "Guilty Plea in Camden Child Starvation Case". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-11-29. "The boys' plight became public in October 2003 when Bruce, who was 19 but weighed only 45 pounds, was discovered by a neighbor rummaging for food in a garbage can at 2:30 a.m. Officials said that the boys ate pancake batter, cereal, wallboard and insulation to assuage their hunger, and that the parents locked the refrigerator for fear that the boys would binge on the food inside, then regurgitate."
^"Starved at Home". CBS News. November 12, 2003. Retrieved 2009-11-29. "The four boys, ages 9 to 19, and weighing 136 pounds all together, were removed from the home. The parents who adopted them, Raymond and Vanessa Jackson, were thrown in jail."