Hello, Assuming that CPS takes custody of the child, then a court hearing will be set within approximately 72 hours to determine whether or not to provide continuing foster care
and "reunification" services between mother
and child. You can appear in court and ask to be awarded temporary custody. You will have to show that you are not a risk to the child. Courts are skeptical of grandparents, because there is the real possibility that the child's mother has learned her substance abuse from the grandmother. I'm not accusing you of being a bad actor -- I'm explaining what the judge may consider. Consequently, you need a lot of positive evidence (character witnesses, criminal background check, etc.), to show the court that you are a good substitute custodian for the child. Also, a little "schmoozing" with the CPS caseworker is also helpful. Because, the judge will frequently "rubber stamp" the caseworker's recommendations. Having a positive relationship with the caseworker is extremely useful. Also, regrettably, hiring an attorney to represent you at the hearing is also extremely helpful. A professional presentation of evidence supporting you as custodian will be a great assistance. I realize, of course, that you won't want to spend money on a juvenile law
attorney. But, I'm recommending it, if you really want to improve your chance of getting a custody award. I hope I've answered your question. Please let me know if you require further clarification. And, please provide a positive feedback rating for my answer -- otherwise, I receive nothing for my efforts in your behalf. Thanks again for using justanswer.com!