The Office of the Foster Care Ombudsman is mandated to:

  • ensure the voice of foster children and youth is heard, and act on their behalf;
  • create an avenue for foster children and youth to file complaints regarding their placement, care and services without fear of retribution from those who provide their care and services;
  • act as an independent forum for the investigation and resolution of complaints made by or on behalf of children placed in foster care and make appropriate referrals;
  • provide children and youth with information on their rights when placed in foster care; and
  • maintain a toll-free telephone number which foster children and youth may call from anywhere in California to express their concerns and complaints



Page on extended foster care:

Toll-free telephone:


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