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Ombudsperson for Families

Also known as:
Office of the Ombudspersons for Families
OBFF
Active dates:1991-
Function:

Ensures that minority children and their families, covered by child protection services, are guaranteed fair treatment by all agencies that provide child welfare services. Monitors agency compliance with all child welfare laws and placement impacting children of color. 

History:

In 1991 the Legislature created four ombudspersons for families positions to operate "independently but under the auspices of" each of Minnesota's four minority councils: the Indian Affairs Council, the Minnesota Council on Latino Affairs, the Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage, and the Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans.

In 1994, statutory language was changed to indicate the ombudspersons "operate independently from but in collaboration with" the four minority councils. The four ombudspersons together comprise the Office of Ombudspersons for Families, which is described as an "independent state agency."

There are four community-specific boards, also known as "ombudsperson boards," who select the ombudsperson for their specific community.

Membership:

The Office of the Ombudsperson for Families is comprised of four ombudspersons, aligning with Minnesota's four minority councils (the Indian Affairs Council, the Minnesota Council on Latino Affairs, the Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage, and the Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotan). Each ombudsperson is appointed to their position by an ombudsperson board working on behalf of each minority council. Each ombudsperson serves in unclassified service at the pleasure of their respective board.

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Record last updated: 05/01/2020
 

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