Office of Children's Ombudsman (OCO) - 071-0176-17F

Description of Agency

OCO was established as an autonomous agency and is organizationally placed within the Department of Technology, Management, and Budget. OCO’s mission is to ensure the safety and well-being of Michigan’s children in need of foster care, adoption, and protective services and to promote public confidence in the child welfare system. OCO may independently investigate complaints alleging that the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and/or a private child placing agency violated law or policy concerning child welfare or made decisions harmful to a child’s health or safety. OCO also must investigate child deaths that occur under circumstances specified in the Children’s Ombudsman Act.


Estimated Release Date: Early 2023

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