P.L. 1997, CHAPTER 62, approved April 7, 1997
Senate, No. 608 (First Reprint)
An Act concerning the Division of Youth and Family Services and supplementing chapter 6 of Title 9 of the Revised Statutes.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. a. The Division of Youth and Family Services in the Department of Human Services shall expunge from its records all information relating to a report, complaint or allegation of an incident of child abuse or neglect with respect to which the division has determined, based upon its investigation thereof, that the report, complaint or allegation of the incident was unfounded.
b. For purposes of this act, "unfounded" means there is no concern on the part of the division that the safety or welfare of the child is at risk.
The process of making a determination of an unfounded report, complaint or allegation of an incident of child abuse or neglect shall be further defined in regulations promulgated by the department pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c. 410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.).
1[c. Any reason for denying the expungement of records shall be made known by the division to the individual who is seeking the expungement.]1
2. This act shall take effect immediately.
Requires DYFS to expunge from its records information regarding child abuse allegations determined to be unfounded.