And CYS and other "protective" services are such a help...
In my neck of the woods a child killing made national headlines when some trash that live in the township outside the town I live in starved their daughter to death and put her in a cooler... They locked her in the attic I guess.
CYS had been called and they did nothing at all... They were met at the door, told "she's not here, go away", and left it at that... For them, it's paperwork and hastle, and they treat it just like that.
I've had my own experiences with CYS in 3 counties due to my brother's skanky ex-wife, and I was told (and I quote), "The only way we can take action is if there is broken bones or death, otherwise our hands our tied and it's all heresay". The police more or less said the same thing, and that without CYS actually doing something about it they can only respond to incidents and refer everything back to CYS who in turn do absolutely nothing.
The last go-round had CYS going to my brother's ex-wife's house, and her slamming the door on them with some lovely advice on what they should go do to themselves. The Police said it's not their place to get involved, and that CYS has to handle it, and CYS said they can't go into the parent's home if they aren't wanted. Also they were to bring in psychologists, and my brother's ex simply refused to meet with them, and only did so at the magistrates where she lied through her teeth about her behavior.
Government agencies like that are a joke because they're underpaid for the aggrevation they get on the job, so the workers just say "F It" and refuse to push things unless you harass them about it, and even then they'll flat out lie to you to get you off their back. It's a joke, and the same feelings apply to our Keystone Cops that we laughingly call our local Police Force... Wish we'd close up shop on those knobs too and just hope the State rolled through town once in a while because our local yocals are a huge waste of tax payer's money. The one guy's so damned old he couldn't catch herpes in Bangkok whorehouse.
Sorry, just a little rant against our less than civil servants.