California Office of the Foster Care Ombudsperson

Serving foster youth in California

For YouthFor Caregivers

Who We Are and What We Do

We are the independent, impartial, and confidential agency that represents foster youth in California and oversees the foster care system on their behalf.

Investigate

We receive, investigate, and resolve complaints made by or on behalf of foster youth regarding their care, placement, and services. ​

Educate

We provide training about foster youth rights and other topics, and we share information about foster care resources and services.​

Transform

We submit annual reports to the legislature and recommend systemic changes that will better support youth in foster care.

Contact Us

You can call us on our toll-free hotline, email us, send a letter, or fill out the online form.

File a Complaint

If you are a foster youth or have any concerns about a foster youth and their care, placement, services, or rights, then file a complaint with our office.

Make a Request

If you want us to facilitate a training or workshop presentation, attend your event to do outreach, or send foster youth rights publications, then make a request with our office.

Ask a Question

If you want to know about resources and services for foster youth, the work our office does, or about foster care in general, then ask our office.

Toll-free hotline
1-877-846-1602
fosteryouthhelp@dss.ca.gov
 
MS 8-13-25
744 P Street
Sacramento, CA 95814