Right to counsel for parents

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Legislation, All Basic Human Needs

Alaska Stat. § 44.21.410(a)(10) requires the Office of Public Advocacy to provide representation to "an indigent parent of a child with a disability; in this paragraph, 'child with a disability' has the meaning given in AS 14.30.350."  Given that AS 14.30.350 is located in the education code , this appointment provision seemingly would apply only to school proceedings.  However, in In re Protective Proceedings of Freddy A., 2012 Alas. LEXIS 46 (Alaska 2012), involving a parent seeking to be appointed counsel in a proceeding regarding a guardianship of her developmentally disabled adult child, the court cited to § 14.30.350 for the proposition that "If Freddy were a minor, there would be little question that Mia is entitled to appointed counsel."

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: yes