What We Investigate
- The OCO investigates complaints about children involved with Michigan's child welfare system (protective services, foster care, adoption, and juvenile justice).
- We determine whether the actions and decisions made by the Department of Human Services (DHS) and/or a private child-placing agency are in compliance with laws, rules, and DHS policies and in the best interest of the child.
Note: The OCO has no legal authority to investigate complaints that exclusively involve:
- Friend of the Court issues (custody, child support, parenting time)
- School problems
- Law enforcement
- Court orders
The OCO can provide you with referral information regarding who may be able to help.
The OCO is not an emergency intervention service. If you have a concern that needs immediate attention, call your county Department of Human Services or law enforcement.