Q: Who to contact regarding Alaska OCS repeatedly failing to appear for court for hearing to determine return of children?
The assigned attorney fails to give briefings before the hearings and fails to offer any advice. She is pretty much just a County paid paper pusher.
A: When you or your attorney calls OCS, you can generally ask for the immediate supervisor of the assigned worker. If that doesn't work, you can usually get the next person up. Keep going as far as you can. If necessary, try the Juneau main office. In some cases, the state Ombudsman can investigate and make recommendations, though that won't solve your problem, as the process would probably take too long. Remember that the court has control, and you can ask the judge to set a deadline beyond which no further delays will be allowed, regardless of who attends. The judge can also impose sanctions in some cases.
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