Children at play

Vision

To improve the child welfare systems by examining laws, policies, and procedures regarding the best interest and safety of children in the State of Missouri.

Mission

To enhance the lives of Missouri children by receiving, investigating, and acting on complaints regarding the child welfare systems, and also making case specific and system-wide recommendations.

 

Our Main Functions

1. Review foster care case management
2. Review unsubstantiated hotline cases
3. Mediate between parents and schools regarding abuse allegations in a school setting
4. Review child fatalities for children and families that have had a history with the Children's Division
5. Provide information and referrals for families needing services.

 

Who Should Call Our Office?

Anyone can call our office: family, a concerned neighbor, teacher, grandparent, or police officer. The information our callers provide is confidential and is not disclosed without permission. You may call our office at our toll free number
866-457-2302, or fill out a complaint form.

Complaint Form

 

Mediation

The Office of Child Advocate can also provide or coordinate mediation services between school districts and parents when allegations of child abuse arise in a school setting.

 

List of Mediators

Ways to Get In Contact With Our Office

 

Call Us

Toll Free: 866-457-2302
573-522-8683

 

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 809
Jefferson City, MO 65102

 

Email

oca@oca.mo.gov

To Report Child Abuse & Neglect Call the Toll Free Hotline: 800-392-3738.