About Us

Our History

In 1998, youth advocates from California Youth Connection (CYC) recognized the need for an agency that would advocate for the voices of youth in the foster care system. As a result of that advocacy, the California Office of the Foster Care Ombudsperson (OFCO) was created. In 2001, the Foster Youth Bill of Rights was created and became one of the most important pieces of legislation for the office to oversee. In 2020, the Foster Youth Bill of Rights was updated to include over 41 foster youth rights. Today, the OFCO provides curriculum, training, and technical assistance to ensure the rights are upheld.

Our Mission

The mission of the California Office of the Foster Care Ombudsperson (OFCO) is to advocate on behalf of foster children and youth regarding their care, placement, and services. The OFCO is an autonomous entity that is empowered to investigate and informally resolve complaints impacting foster youth, increase awareness about foster youth rights, and make recommendations to help support systemic change.

In 2020, we...

answered

hotline calls

investigated

complaints

wrote

verification letters

served

foster youth

Meet Our Team

Larry Fluharty

Larry Fluharty

Ombudsperson

Greg Asher

Greg Asher

Bureau Chief

Lakisha Green

Lakisha Green

Manager

Heather Lee

Heather Lee

Manager

Ahmed Nemr

Ahmed Nemr

Manager

Yeraldy Calderon

Yeraldy Calderon

Analyst

Larry Espinoza

Larry Espinoza

Office Technician

Amiee Foster

Amiee Foster

Analyst

Jacqueline Gutierrez

Jacqueline Gutierrez

Analyst

Kendra Jackson

Kendra Jackson

Analyst

Kristen Leatherman

Kristen Leatherman

Management Services Technician

Kaela Montoya

Kaela Montoya

Analyst

Shekinah Peredo

Shekinah Peredo

Analyst

Marissa Soto

Marissa Soto

Analyst

 

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The California Office of the Foster Care Ombudsperson is dedicated to serving
foster youth in California by investigating and resolving complaints
about foster youth rights, care, placement, and services.

Telephone Icon     1-877-846-1602

Email Icon     fosteryouthhelp@dss.ca.gov

Internet Icon     www.fosteryouthhelp.ca.gov


The law that governs the OFCO is Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) 16164.

 

 

 

 

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