velochic, here in Kansas City where I live, what I hear about our Child Protective Services is pretty similar to what you are saying, in that they seem to do everything in their power to keep families together.
So, if we happened to get reported again and got another visit, I don't think there's more than a very-extremely remote
, sliver-of-a possibility that our kids could get taken. I mean, there would be no reason, but I guess there would still be that remote possibility that the caseworker might not "click" with us or what-have-you.
However, it doesn't seem completely out-of-the-ballpark, to be concerned that if they got more calls on us, they might decide that they needed to open a case, do a full-on investigation, and stay in our lives for a while ... just because we're not perfect and we have our own little issues and they could probably find some reason to say that we could benefit from their involvment.
And, maybe some folks really would love someone dropping in and checking on them and helping them get more organized or whatever. But for me, even though I could sure stand to be more organized, it would just be so stressful to have to deal with people who have the power to take my kids away (even though, yeah, they prob'ly wouldn't want to) dropping in and intervening in our lives.
So I'd just rather not.
When I talk about taking precautions, I'm really more focused on protecting our privacy and reducing the likelihood of "interventions" -- not the unlikely scenario of someone snatching our kids 'cause of a candy wrapper on the floor.
To me, privacy and personal freedom are just such wonderful things, they are worth protecting. I realize some kids are being abused and neglected -- but our kids aren't, so we'd rather deal with our less-than-perfect home on our own, thankyouverymuch.