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Talk about cold!
By Jeff Orr


February 04, 2012
Saturday AM

I am not very happy with the State of Alaska Court system, nor the current Guardian for my adult brother who has down's syndrome. The AK court system sent a Court Visitor to do a report on his living conditions while he was living with my Mother, who adopted him over 42 years ago. In this report the Court Visitor bashed my two brothers who live in Ketchikan and excluded them from being able to apply for guardianship for our brother. What is worse is the Guardian decided to take our brother while my Mother is in the hospital! Talk about cold!

I understand Ketchikan Community Connections has a desire to place our adult brother in a Living Assisted Home. When I contacted them on 2-2-2012, I asked if they would benefit from our brother staying at this home. Of course, I really didn't get an answer.

What is wrong with him staying with my Mother? She always made sure he ate and was taken care of. Yes, he does assist my mother as she is aging, but who wouldn't assist their mother?

Our adult brother needs to stay with his family and not by himself in a home that is right above the water, next to a freeway! He likes to walk around and I fear for his safety. The State needs to step up and do what is right, and allow him to stay with his family where he belongs.

Jeff Orr
Spanaway, WA


Received February 03, 2012 - Published February 04, 2012



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