Updates about Louisiana Children and the Office of State Child Ombudsman OSCO and its role in the lives of Louisiana’s Children and their families.
Louisiana’s State Child Ombudsman advocates for Louisiana’s Children and is responsible for reviewing complaints regarding state services for Children, making appropriate referrals for the child and family, and advocating on behalf of the child’s best interest. The State Child Ombudsman evaluates the delivery of services by state agencies and recommends systemic reform.
In response to the work of advocates who educated state officials about the need for an objective party to hear the concerns of Louisiana’s Children and families regarding the services they receive (or do not receive but should), Louisiana created the Office of State Child Ombudsman as an independent office under the Louisiana Legislative Auditor. Retired Juvenile Judge Kathleen Richey became Louisiana’s first State Child Ombudsman and took office on October 2, 2023.
Louisiana’s first children’s ombudsman takes office under historic role – by Perry Robinson, WAFB
|09/28/2023|| Work begins early for Louisiana’s new ombudsperson on child abuse response – by Greg LaRose – Louisiana Illuminator|
|09/27/2023|| Louisiana appoints former judge as children’s ombudsman – by Andrea Gallo, theadvocate.com|
New position to oversee children under the state’s care. – by Brooke Thorington, louisianaradionetwork.com