Welcome to the Office of the Child Advocate (OCA)
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.
OCA Releases Statement Concerning the Death of Chase Gideika
The Office of the Child Advocate (OCA) received a Critical Incident Report on July 8, 2013, regarding the death of three-month-old Chase Gideika. Secretary John Polanowicz of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) requested that the OCA conduct an independent investigation into DCF's work with Chase Gideika’s family. This investigation included extensive document review and interviews with agency, union, and law enforcement personnel. The OCA has completed its investigation and has discussed its findings and recommendations with Secretary Polanowicz. A statement summarizing the OCA’s observations and recommendations is available below.