So I have this story idea that I'm kinda writing when I have some down time, and one of the major conflicts of the story is when the main character looses her younger brother to child services. I'm well aware of the reasons that child services would step in and remove a child from the home, that's not my problem. The thing(s) I'm seeking answers on is the court issues. Like when the sister goes to court to fight for rights to get her younger brother back, even if it means fighting for custody of him. I don't know much about the workings of custody concerning children (the brother is twelve). So I'm wondering, can the sister gain custody of her bother even though she's 18-20 yrs old (I haven't decided on her age completely yet)? Also, how much would her being a high school drop out doing odd jobs affect her chances of getting her brother back? Would the brother, twelve, have any voice in the court room to help decide where he might end up? I might have more questions after a little bit of the laws is explained to me, so please bear with any questions. Thanks for at least taking the time to read/look at this.