Answer#1: There is a comprehensive guide available to families on the state of Michigan website (https://www.michigan.gov/documents/dhs/DHS-PUB-0460_179772_7.pdf) that explains the Child Protective Services processes and procedures. It is never easy when your child is taken from your care, however, Child Protective Services does advocate for reunification of a family and that process will begin with making a service plan for your child and setting goals for you and your family. The CPS worker will make referrals to services, as well as, possibly help you connect to classes or other support services they wish for you to attend. During this process you may have to go to court. It is important to attend all hearings and remember that you do have rights: to have a lawyer, tell your side of the story, to have your questions answered, and to be informed of what you must do to make your home safe for your child to return.
Answer #2: Stay calm, although I can imagine this is easier said than done. I do not know exactly what you are going through but when I went through something similar I know it can feel like your whole life is ending. Carefully review the paperwork that the CPS worker gave you. It should have list a time for a meeting where they will discuss where your children are going and why they are being removed. Try and connect with someone to support you and attend this meeting with you. Know that there might be a lot of steps you have to take in order to have your children returned to your care – but you can do it!