Thank you for your question. The first thing that must be recognized is that you are going to have a ton of questions, and there are not going to be answers to all of them right now. When CPS takes a child into custody, the initial process is basically as follows:
1. Within a matter of a few days, the parents are called to a court hearing. The courts intervene quickly because the parents have rights and, when a child is taken out of the home on an emergency basis, the situation have to be examined by a court as quickly as possible. If a child is taken on a Friday or Saturday, the parents might normally expect to have a court hearing on a Tuesday or Wednesday.
2. It is possible for the child to be placed with an aunt. This is one of the things that is decided early in the process. The state actually prefers a child to be placed with a relative over placement in foster care
. Within the first few days of the first court appearance, or on the day of the court appearance, the parents will be asked to identify the child's relatives. The child may be placed with a qualified, willing relative. The parents' preference for placement is considered.
My best advice to you: be patient. You will all be in a terrible fog for the first few days. Everything will become much clearer after the first court hearing.