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Office of the Child Advocate
Data Current as of:  8/9/2016

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Our mission is to improve the safety, health, and well-being of Massachusetts children by promoting positive change in public policy and practice. We further our mission by focusing on our core values: information, collaboration, and accountability.

Information: The Child Advocate and the OCA staff are alway active, participating in meetings, forums, and events to learn more about services and initiatives for children and families in Massachusetts. We share this information with others through our policy work and our Helpline.

Collaboration: Collaboration is critical at every level. No single agency or system can provide all the resources needed to support and strengthen families. The OCA staff work to promote collaboration at every opportunity among initiatives, agencies, and systems.

Accountability: The OCA staff review critical incident reports and child abuse and neglect reports arising in out-of-home settings connected to state agencies. Through these reviews, we identify trends and look for opportunities for system improvements. We meet with agency commissioners and staff to learn from them and to share our perspective.

The role of the OCA is to connect the dots within and between the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. We work to promote system integration among agencies, courts, schools, and health service providers so that children and families can connect to resources in their communities.

Governing Laws:


MGL C. 18C S. 1-13
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