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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    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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    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 Files Report on DCF Employee Survey and Management Review

On March 31, 2015, the OCA filed an interim report with the legislature concerning its review of DCF management, including findings from a survey of DCF employees.  Upon filing the report, Judge Garinger said, “DCF employees have spoken and we must listen.  It is urgent that we reduce caseloads to 15 families per worker and retain experienced supervisors and managers.  We have made progress in the last year but not enough -- a sustained commitment over a period of years is vital.”   Read the full Interim Report  pdf format of Interim Report
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