At 17, Sophie M. accompanied her then-boyfriend when he burglarized an upscale home in Maine. She hadn't participated before, but she had accepted gifts that she knew probably came from other burglaries. Her childhood had been bleak, including homelessness and violence. She had never felt wanted before by anyone.
The Child Protective Services Act provides ways to protect children who are the target of suspected child abuse, such as over disciplining their child or sexual abuse. Once a report of suspected child abuse is made, an investigation is carried out by a governmental agency called Children Youth & Services (CYS). Although this sounds like a very noble endeavor, if you are an innocent parent or guardian being investigated for an allegation of child abuse, a Children Youth & Services investigation is a very scary proposition. You can find yourself in a statewide database or even loose custody of your child.