Ombudsman (Complaints)
Rights in Foster Care

Children's Office of the Ombudsman

About this resource

Children’s Ombudsman Offices, also known in some jurisdictions as Office of the Child Advocate, have been established at the state level in order to assist in providing oversight of children’s services.  Currently, approximately twenty-three states have established a Children’s Ombudsman/ Office of the Child Advocate with duties and purposes specifically related to children’s services.  Another five states have a statewide Ombudsman program that addresses the concerns of all governmental agencies, including children’s services.  Nine states have related Ombudsman services, program-specific services, or county-run programs.