and I'm glad everything went well! I'm amazed that your mil was able to get them to come out, considering that you guys hadn't had any contact with her for 2 years prior. Maybe I've had a false sense of security, thinking that it's not so likely to happen again since we've broken all contact with my relatives.
We know it was my sister who actually made the call, but my mom expressed that she was supportive of my sister when I called her on Christmas Day (the last time I talked to her, and the last time I ever plan on talking to her). And this whole hotline-thing seems to have been an offshoot of numerous conversations between my mom, my sister, and my mom's brothers and sister and their kids (all of whom my sister is much closer to than me, because she spent a lot of time being cared for on the family farm due to my mom raising her as a single mom; my sister's 19 years older than me).
So, anyhow, my husband and I decided our best course of action was to just break contact with the whole bunch of them. I'd initially called the one aunt and uncle who don't seem to get as wrapped up in all the gossip, and they have my number now and I think they'd call me if my (84yo) mom's health took a turn for the worse or something ... however, I decided not to make any real effort to keep in touch with them, either, because my aunt did question me about whether we were using a "progressive" curriculum with our oldest, so we could make sure she didn't fall behind her age group.
And I was just vague and said we found all kinds of math and reading programs on the internet.
Anyhow, I was under the impression that CPS would only take a call seriously, if the caller was reporting actual observations. Meaning, if we had mutual friends who were still in touch with both of us (we don't), my mom or sister could take something observed by the mutual acquaintance, and call about that. But I was thinking that since they're so unlikely to hear any new information about our kids, in order to call they'd literally have to fabricate stuff.
Which my sister may very well be capable of doing, I don't know -- but of course that's something I have no control of. But what is your understanding -- can they just call and say, "I'm concerned because she broke all contact with us so we want you to go check on them" -- and would CPS actually make a visit for a call like that? Don't they actually have to have something new to report?