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After I report

Will OCS contact me again?

Following the completion of an initial assessment, OCS provides additional information to mandatory reporters (see A.S. 47.17.020 for full legal definition of a mandatory reporter). This information is not shared with other reporters.

OCS policy states that upon conclusion of an investigation and assessment, the OCS worker will inform the mandatory reporter that the investigation and assessment was completed and of the action taken to protect the child. Feedback is provided regardless of whether it has been requested by the reporter. It must be provided within seven days of completion of the investigation and assessment and may be provided orally.

Reporters who are not mandatory reporters will not be contacted. The laws requires that the decisions and follow up with the parents remain confidential to that family. At the same time, if a child is unsafe, or a family needs assistance, OCS will typically contact family, relatives, and family friends.