About this resource

The California Ombudsperson for Foster Care is the state agency mandated to investigate and attempt to resolve complaints, on behalf of foster children, related to their care, placement, or services. The office is empowered to investigate complaints about state and local agencies regarding foster care. The office listens to your concerns, documents your complaints, gathers all relevant information, remains neutral and impartial, and formulates a process for possible resolution, and makes recommendations.

To view the All-County Letter (ACL) which provides information regarding the Office of the California State Ombudsperson for Foster Care, established as part of the implementation of Senate Bill 933 (Chapter 311, Statutes of 1998), click here (pdf)

For a list of County Ombudsman contacts, click here (pdf). (Updated April 2020)


All foster youth can contact and file a complaint with the Foster Care Ombudsman.