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.

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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    Governor Patrick Proclaims October 2014 as Infant Sleep Awareness Month

    By raising awareness about safe sleep, we can make every sleep time safe for every baby in Massachusetts.

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    Raise the Age

    On September 18, 2013 Governor Patrick signed House 1432 “An Act Expanding Juvenile Justice.”

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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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OCA Releases Annual Report FY 2014

From The Child Advocate, Gail Garinger:  “I am happy to share the sixth Annual Report from the Office of the Child Advocate with the citizens of the Commonwealth, child welfare and juvenile justice advocates, and everyone interested in how public agencies serve children and families in Massachusetts.  At the OCA our mission is to improve the safety, health, and wellbeing of Massachusetts children by promoting positive change in public policy and practice.  The OCA Annual Report for FY 2014 illustrates how the OCA staff work toward this goal every day.  We welcome your feedback on the report, as well as suggestions about ways to improve our child welfare and juvenile justice systems.”  The complete report, is available here: