Fresno, CA asked in Child Custody for Alaska

Q: If my 2 prior children were taken by ocs, and i have another child, will ocs automatically have rights to get involved?

When my children were taken, i was on drugs and missed alot of court. I am since clean and have bought a house. Is having another child an option without having to be scared of ocs getting involved? My mother adopted my 2 kids and will not allow me to see them. Do i have any rights for visitations?

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Stefan Otterson
Stefan Otterson
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  • Anchorage, AK
  • Licensed in Alaska

A: First, OCS will only get involved if someone makes a report. If you have normal pre-natal care and are not under the influence of anything when you give birth, the hospital probably won't report. However, if your mother isn't convinced you're clean and sober she could file a report. If that might happen, you should collect all the documentation you'll need to show OCS you are in a different situation. Having a regular job and keeping up on your mortgage payments goes a long way, if you can prove it quickly--before they get too involved.

As for visitation with your adopted kids, that depends on the relinquishment paperwork you signed to make the adoption possible. If you retained visitation privileges, then you have rights. If you didn't relinquish but the state terminated your parental rights without an agreement, then you have no visitation rights now.

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