I was reading another thread here, in addition to the countless others on the topic, and it got me thinking. I honestly don't think anyone here knows what CPS does. They aren't clean-home-inspectors. They will not take your kids if your home is messy or dirty. They don't care how often you mop your floors. They don't care if you have dishes or laundry that need washing. They don't care if the beds aren't made. They don't care if there are toys scattered everywhere. THEY DON'T CARE! I have never once heard a "true" story about children being taken away from a messy home. Yes, sometimes they do get taken, but there's usually other factors that come into play. I have 5 kids who blow through the house like tornadoes and it's no secret my house isn't spotless. If social services walked in here right now, I'd be embarrassed...but I wouldn't be scared. Children aren't taken from messy houses, they're taken from squalor and/or hoarded homes. Take a look around your house right now. Can you safely get out if there's a fire? Are there urine, feces, or other bio-hazards? Do you have a vermin problem made worse by the rotting food in the dishes you haven't washed in over a month? Is there a foul odor in your home so strong it knocks you over the second you open the door? Is there so much trash everywhere that you can't see the floors? If you answered "NO" to all the above questions, then chances are you have no reason to fear CPS storming your house and removing your children. Their job is to make sure your children aren't being abused or neglected, they aren't the farking housekeeper-police.