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Research on Children’s Ombudsman

A body of research on Children’s Ombudsman demonstrates the opportunities that a Louisiana Office of Children’s Ombudsman could open for Louisiana’s children. The following articles are examples of how children in other states have benefitted from the services of Children’s Ombudsman.

Bearup, R. S., & Palusci, V. J. (1999). Improving child welfare through a children’s ombudsman. Child abuse & neglect, 23(5), 449–457. https://doi.org/10.1016/s0145-2134(99)00018-6

RESULTS: The Children’s Ombudsman in Michigan identified 209 cases in which “administrative acts” of child protective services, foster care, or adoption agencies led to real or potential harm to children. Through investigation of these complaints, a number of areas of concern in the child welfare system were identified, resulting in changes in case management, investigation, or service provision.

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