Hello! As my nickname implies, I'm a mom of 2 (possibly soon to be 3). I've been a stay-at-home-mom for 10 years. During that time, I've developed a strong interest in children's issues. I have now decided to pursue a career in investigation, specifically child protective investigation. I graduated in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in communications, and also have a few classes in graphic design, philosophy, and pre-med studies under my belt (yes, it has taken me years to settle on something, but I feel that this may be my calling after all.) The reason I'm posting is to inquire about possible career paths. I'm thinking about doing some volunteer work at the local sheriff's department to get a feeling for the criminal justice scene, and then taking the 40-hour training before getting licensed (I live in Florida.) Other than that, I'm not quite sure what I need to do to prepare for a career in the field. Should I get a master's degree? Should I join, or network with, any specific organizations? Is it more advisable to work with an agency, or independently? I would either like to focus on child trafficking, or child abuse investigation... I'm not sure yet. Thank you.