Posted 2/8/2014 12:24 PM (GMT -6)
CPS operates different in different countries. Sometimes information gathered by them indicates that the risk of harm to a child is so great that he or she would be unprotected if allowed to remain in his or her own home. When this happens, children must be removed on an emergency basis.
Few of the children who are reported to CPS are removed from their homes. In most situations where verified family problems exist, the families and CPS work together cooperatively to resolve them. However, under certain circumstances, certain law in certain countries does allow a police officer or a CPS Specialist to temporarily remove a child for up to 72 hours for protection while the investigation takes place.
A child may also be removed for up to 12 hours for a medical or psychological evaluation. If the CPS investigation shows that the child must remain out of the home for a longer period to protect them from harm, CPS arranges for safe, temporary care.
You can probably call the CPS in your area and find out this information. Ask them what's their procedure and what they do, etc.
You should also talk to your niece about her drinking problem. Let her know how it is affecting the kids and what can happen. Tell her you don't want her losing her kids. You just care and want her to feel better and be happy but you can concern. Maybe you can suggest she get some counseling. This may help her.