Office of the Child Advocate
{Welcome to the Office of the Child Advocate. Speaking up for Connecticut}
 
 
 
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Notices / Notas




Public Information Bulletin:  Child Fatality Review (June 3, 2014)


Op-Ed by Acting Child Advocate Sarah Eagan for the Hartford Courant:  Too Many Students Face Restraint, Seclusion (March 28, 2014)




The Office of the Child Advocate will be closed on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 for Veterans Day.  Normal operations resume on Wednesday, November 12, 2014.

 
 
Our mission is to oversee the protection and care of children and to advocate for their well-being. In order to fulfill the responsibilities of the Office, the Child Advocate has the following rights and powers:
  • Initiate or intervene in court cases on behalf of children.
  • Obtain access to any records necessary to properly carry out the mandates, including records from state and municipal agencies, police departments, medical providers, private social service providers, schools and the courts.
  • Subpoena witnesses, records and documents needed to carry out an investigation or review.
  • Communicate privately with a child in need of services of the Child Advocate.
Vision of the Office of the Child Advocate
 
TO BE THE CHILD'S ADVOCATE
  we shall…
  • Engage at all levels
  • Stimulate dialogue
  • Enable others to act
    Challenge the process
  • Speak-up
  • Shine the light on care and treatment
     
TO BE THE OMBUDSMAN FOR CHILDREN
  we will…
  • Respond to concerns
  • Call for change when systems fail
  • Promote fair and responsible treatment and practices
  • Hold systems accountable
  • Focus on the best interest of the child

TO BE THE VOICE OF THE CHILD
  we know...             
  • Every child has value
  • Every child is entitled to nurturance
  • Every child needs support
  • Every child needs encouragement
  • Every child needs a “family”
  • Every child has a future

  Values of the Office of the Child Advocate
 
RESPECT
COMPASSION
UNDERSTANDING
COMMITMENT
RESPONSIVENESS
FLEXIBILITY