Q: I need help answering child custody and adoption q&a in alaska and arizona.
My children were taken by ocs in alaska and placed in foster care with non relatives because my entire family lives out of state they have filed termination and trial just occurred for termination judge is waiting for the closing arguements. My brother and father in Arizona want to adopt my children and save them from being taken by ocs and adopted out to non relatives. Can they hire attorneys and intervene in the case and adopt my children? They have provided their information to have the kids placed with them months ago and ocs never looked into them. How can i get alaska to allow my brother to legally adopt them and fly up here and take them home with him?
A: Yes, your relatives can do two things. They can intervene in the CINA case to contest OCS's placement decision, and they can file an adoption petition, which would probably be assigned to the same judge handling the CINA case. They should have legal assistance for that, as there is lots of other information that would be needed to determine the best approach.
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