Tammie Wilson Renews Attack On State of Alaska For “Legal Kidnapping”

Rep. Tammie Wilson


With election season over and the legislature set to reconvene next Tuesday, Rep. Tammie Wilson is renewing her criticism of the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) and the Office of Children Services (OCS) because of what she views as overzealous actions in separating children from families.

In September, Wilson accused the OCS of “Legal kidnapping” and calling them a “Protected empire.” She even went so far as to call for a Grand Jury investigation into their actions.

At the time she said:

”OCS has become a protected empire built on taking children and separating families. This is not to say there are not those children who do need to be removed from horrible situations and need protection. I believe children and parents are caught up in legal kidnapping and ineffective politics.”

Now Wilson is taking aim at the Attorney General’s Office for “Hijacking” her request and is calling on citizens to offer public testimony on how the two state agencies do their work.

Here is her full statement released today complete with public testimony times and locations:



Thursday, January 12, 2017, North Pole, Alaska – Representative Tammie Wilson today announced statewide public testimony opportunities for Alaskans not satisfied with the current state of the Office of Children’s Services.

On September 7, 2016, Rep. Wilson requested that a Grand Jury conduct an investigation into how the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) and the Office of Children Services (OCS) are complying with statutory duties.

“The Attorney General’s Office hijacked my request and to this date there has been no action taken even after Director Christy Lawton admitted to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on September 9, 2016, that she expects to fail the upcoming 2017 federal review audit because the benchmarks are very high,” Wilson, R-North Pole, said.

Between 2012 and 2015 the number of children taken from their homes in Alaska soared by 65-percent, with most of that increase between 2014 and 2015 (http://nccpr.org/reports/2006to2015.pdf).

“Why should anyone expect anything different when the head of the Alaska child welfare agency confuses child removal with child safety, and about breaking federal law requiring ‘reasonable efforts’ to keep families together,” Wilson said. (http://youthtoday.org/2016/11/alaska-unreasonable -assault-on-reasonable-efforts/)

“I have received hundreds of calls from those touched by OCS in some way and wanting to tell their story,” Wilson said. “It is obvious by the lack of action from the Attorney General’s office that they do not want to listen to any of the facts that have been submitted.”

Public testimony will be conducted across Alaska on the following dates and times:

Saturday, January 21, 2017 Mat-Su LIO, 12-4 p.m.

Thursday, January 26, 2017 Juneau Capitol room 120, 5-7 p.m.

Saturday, January 28, 2017 Kenai LIO, 12-4 p.m.

Saturday, February 4, 2017 Anchorage LIO, 12-4 p.m.

Saturday, February 11, 2017 Bethel LIO, 12-4 p.m.

Saturday, February 18, 2017 Fairbanks North Star Borough Building, 12-4 p.m. (in person only)

Saturday, February 25, 2017 Kodiak LIO, 12-4 p.m.

To participate via phone call 1-844-586-9085 and ask to be connected to the meeting.

Rep. Wilson recommends bringing written testimony so that it can be easily shared with all legislators.

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5 Comments on "Tammie Wilson Renews Attack On State of Alaska For “Legal Kidnapping”"

  1. Gwaag Freebird | January 13, 2017 at 5:40 pm | Reply

    The people of the state of Alaska should be grateful to have her.

  2. I’m willing to bet there was no grand jury hearing…I’m willing to bet my bottom dollar, if it ever was, it was a rubber stamped jury…….ok, put another band-aid on this….our children still suffer and those who abducted peoples children are still running around free….from now on…..any one coming to my doorstep better have a good warrant…..

  3. The section chief for CINA cases with the Attorney General office is married to the field administrator of OCS. He made a statement a couple of years ago to a Tribal group; “the system is broken and we don’t know how to fix it”. The Citizen’s Review Panel is acutely aware of this and other issues and have made recommendations that fall on deaf ears. I recently retired from OCS. I know the sickness of the agency. They take children when they shouldn’t and don’t take them when they should. The Public Defender Agency is aware of this but are apparently helpless. The line staff are basically good, hard working, and empathetic people but the supervision and administration need to be removed for the most part. It is not rocket science a to why there is such a high rate of turnover. The agency can be fixed. Those heading the Citizens Review Panel know it an the Ombudsman Office knows it. What the heck is wrong with the legislature??

    • Tim Stewart, you said you retired from ocs? Would you be willing to chat with me? I’ve never had any legal trouble other than a speeding ticket which was bogus but that’s not important. I really need help dealing with ocs and while I don’t want to put my personal life out there, would you reach out to me through email or face book? [email protected] I look forward to talking with you. Idk where else to turn for help.

  4. 14 JUN 2019. Our family has undergone horrendous heartache and problems with OCS! After telling my son and his girlfriend that they were doing everything to comply with all of their (OCS) requirements, OCS decided to go ahead and keep our two-year-old granddaughter and allow her to be legally adopted by our older daughter and her 5th or 6th husband! The OCS worker who told my son that his next baby would be a whole separate case and not necessarily removed by OCS or involved in the system, appeared at our door yesterday unannounced and uninvited, after first sneaking into our back yard and skulking and prowling around there! He “needs to be sure that the baby is safe.” I asked who had told him that a baby had been born; he just smirked. OCS would not allow me to take the two grandbabies because of my age (70s)! The heart of this grandmother is just shredded at the thought of losing another precious, innocent baby to the evil clutches of OCS! We have heard (but cannot verify) that OCS workers receive a $15,000 bonus for every family separation and adoption! Does anyone know if this is true? OCS should Not be allowed to just appear on our property, prowl around uninvited and with no appointment, demanding information and refusing to answer my questions! OCS is the Worst Thing that has Ever happened to our family, and to the Great State of Alaska!

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