... help by watching the children from a distance." Why doesn't CPS do that if they're so worried? I mean, it's good that people are looking out for kids. That's fine. So when two smallish kids are reported out by themselves and the cop spots them, why doesn't he or she just watch from a distance to make sure they're okay? Or if cops don't have the time for that, call in CPS who just watches from a distance.
That way they don't have to fix anything that's not broken, AND the kids are definitely safe. Win-win. What am I missing?