34 states currently have a children’s ombudsman in some form.
- Independent and autonomous agency with oversight specific to child welfare:
- Operates within, but autonomous of, the state agency providing child welfare services:
- Provides oversight to all governmental agencies within the state including child welfare services:
- Non-Independent Children’s Ombudsman office, established within the child welfare agency:
- Other statutory Ombudsman-like programs
- Non-statutory county-based or program-based offices: