Welcome to the Office of the Child Advocate (OCA)

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The goal of the OCA is to ensure that every child involved with state agencies in Massachusetts is protected from harm and receives quality services. We are here to listen to the problems you encounter and identify resources and strategies that can help. We also work with legislators, social workers, doctors, administrators, and other professionals to improve services to children and families.

We invite you to explore this website to learn more about the responsibilities of the OCA . You can contact us to share your concerns or to give us feedback about your experience.

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    Keep Sleep Time Safe

    By raising awareness about safe sleep and the prevention of sudden unexpected infant death, we can move toward the goal of making every sleep time safe for every baby in Massachusetts.

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    Foster Children and Medications

    Children and youth in foster care deserve our best efforts to make sure they grow up healthy and safe.

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    Make Your Home a SAFE HOME for Your Child

    Parents can prevent injuries to their children by carrying out a home safety evaluation and putting child safety measures into place.

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To report suspected child abuse or neglect contact the Department of Children and Families at 1-800-792-5200