When a social worker from CPS makes a visit to your home, it can make you nervous. Not only does a CPS representative have the power to remove your child from your home, the representative can make recommendations for subsequent visits.
The best way to handle a CPS home inspection is to be prepared. Here are 7 tips that will help you prepare for a CPS home inspection.
1. Clean Your Home
It is likely that the CPS home inspector will want to inspect your entire home including bedrooms, bathrooms and basements. For that reason, you should be prepared for your entire home to be on display during the visit.
There is nothing that gives the impression of neglect like an unkempt home. Dirty dishes in the sink, foul odors and old trash are obvious red flags for social workers.
As you are cleaning your living space, pay careful attention to your child’s room. Your goal should be to make the room suitable for privacy and adequate rest.
2. Eliminate Rodents and Insects
On a normal day, roaches and rats can be embarrassing and annoying. However, the presence of rodents can cause concern for social workers with CPS.
If you have a problem with rodents in your home, contact an exterminator. If hiring an exterminator does not fit your budget, you can purchase mouse traps and bug sprays to rid your home of pests.
Begin your rodent elimination process at least 5 days before your scheduled visit. This will give you time to get the rodent and insect situation under control.
3. Assess Your Child’s Clothing and Food Supply
Social workers are concerned about the total well-being of your child. During the visit, they may take notes on the answers to the following questions.
- Does your child have clothes that fit?
- Are the clothes appropriate for the current season?
- Is there an ample amount of food in the pantry and refrigerator?
4. Declutter Your Home
Having too many items in your home can overwhelm your space and make your home a dangerous place to live. If a fire occurs, a cluttered home can trap your family in the home.
To declutter your space, here are a few things you can do.
- Store items that are no longer being used in a storage space.
- Throw away old newspapers, mail and electronics.
- Remove oversized furniture that is too big for your rooms.
- Reposition furniture to make each room look spacious.
5. Take Care of Your Pets
Pets can be a great addition to any home. However, owning pets can be problematic if they are not taken care of properly.
If you own a dog or cat, you should have them cleaned and declawed. Another thing you should do is keep your vaccination records readily available for the social worker to inspect. If you own exotic pets such as snakes and lizards, take extra precautions to secure them properly.
Some pets such as pit bulls are not legal in certain states. It is in your best interest for you to find a suitable home for pets that are prohibited by law.
6. Pay Close Attention to Food Storage and Refrigeration
Evaluate the inside of your refrigerator. What do you see? If your refrigerator is filled with food that is not wrapped properly, then you must fix that problem by putting the food in storage containers and plastic bags.
You should check the temperatures in your refrigerator and freezer. Your refrigerator should be at least 40 degrees Fahrenheit, and your freezer should be 0 degrees Fahrenheit.
The role of CPS is to verify that children are living in safe environments. The primary purpose of your CPS visit is to ensure that your child is receiving the best care possible.
Before the visit, take a few moments to calm the thoughts in your mind and relax. Get a good night’s sleep the night before the visit and keep a positive attitude.
By following these tips, you can successfully prepare for a CPS home inspection.