If your child has a case or if you decide to file a case after the child is brought to court, you may be required to go before a judge for a Temporary Custody Hearing. If you are indigent, the court will appoint an attorney to represent you at the hearing. The judge will decide whether to release the child to you or have the child held at the Department of Children and Families for 15 days. The order may be renewed twice for 15 days each. The child may not be held at the Department of Children and Families during this part of the case for more than 45 days.