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Inside OCO

Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of the Children's Ombudsman 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 Children’s Ombudsman Office is to advocate for children by transforming the office to accomplish influence within Michigan’s child welfare system.


Ombudsman Staff

The Michigan Office of Children's Ombudsman (OCO) employs a multi-disciplinary team of investigators, many with advanced degrees. Investigator positions are filled by professionals with diverse fields of experience.

OCO Staff

Annual Reports

The OCO publishes an Annual Report each year reporting on statistics from the fiscal year. The Annual Report also includes the recommendations made to DHHS, DHHS responses to the recommendations and any systemic recommendations.

Below are the annual reports for the last five years. The OCO has annual reports dating back to 1997. A historical annual report can be requested by contacting the OCO. 

2021 Annual Report

2020 Annual Report

2019 Annual Report

2018 Annual Report

2017 Annual Report