A Warrant of Protective Custody orders a law enforcement officer to pick-up your child and bring your child to the court for a hearing. At the hearing, the judge will decide whether to release your child to you or place your child in the custody of the Department of Children and Families for 15 days. The order may be extended twice for a total of 45 days. The probation office will make an immediate inquiry for a recommendation during the Preliminary Hearing.