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Inside the OCA

Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of the Child Advocate is to help improve Michigan's child welfare system through awareness, advocacy, public education, review and recommendation. This will be accomplished through independently investigating complaints, advocating for children, and recommending changes to improve law, policy, and practice for the benefit of current and future generations.

Vision Statement

The vision of the Office of the Child Advocate is to advocate for children by transforming the office to accomplish influence within Michigan’s child welfare system.


Child Advocate Staff

The Michigan Office of the Child Advocate employs a multi-disciplinary team of investigators, many with advanced degrees. Investigator positions are filled by professionals with diverse fields of experience.

OCA Staff

Annual Reports

On December 12, 2023, Public Act 303 of 2023 changed the name of the office to the Office of the Child Advocate. The OCA publishes an Annual Report each year reporting on statistics from the prior calendar year. The Annual Report also includes the recommendations made to MDHHS, MDHHS responses to the recommendations, and any systemic recommendations. 

Below are the annual reports for the last five years. Annual reports published prior to the 2023 calendar year were published under the Office of Children's Ombudsman. The OCA continues to have historical annual reports dating back to 1997. A historical annual report can be requested by contacting the OCA. 

2022 Annual Report

2021 Annual Report

2020 Annual Report

2019 Annual Report

2018 Annual Report