Although it isn't always the case, CYF investigations typically involve the allegation of sex crimes. There are many organizations and agencies that are designated as a resource to report and investigate any incident or repeated instances of child abuse or neglect. One such organization is the Children, Youth, and Families (CYF). CYS investigations An investigation into potential child abuse or neglect starts with a written or oral report to the CYF. These reports are typically done by anyone who is what is referred to as a mandated reporter. These mandated reporters can be teachers, day care workers, or anyone that works for an organization that's works with children such as the YMCA's summer camp. Once the report is made the agency will respond in 24 hours, typically by sending a social worker to the reported child's house to investigate. If the abuse rises to the level of a criminal offense, the police will be involved and the CYF and police will work together to investigate. In certain cases, the child may be removed from the home, but it must be court ordered or an officer must have reasonable grounds that the child is in immediate danger.
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.