Children & Families Department act to curb false tales of abuse [USA]

December 30, 2003

The 10-year-old’s bad dreams began immediately after the child abuse investigator and two police officers left her home west of Boca Raton…Authorities cleared the parents of any wrongdoing. But the process alone was enough to scar the couple’s daughter and leave a lasting impression on the whole family.”We had to take her to therapy,” said the mother, who spoke on condition of anonymity to protect the family’s privacy…Since March, the county’s DCF office has been sending warning letters to people it suspects of filing malicious child abuse reports. The letter notifies people that state law allows the child welfare agency to pursue up to $10,000 in fines and push for criminal prosecution.


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