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Indiana Department of Administration

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IDOA > DCS Ombudsman Bureau DCS Ombudsman Bureau

DCS Ombudsman Bureau

The DCS Ombudsman Bureau was created in 2009 by the Indiana State Legislature.  The Bureau has the authority to receive, investigate and attempt to resolve complaints concerning the actions of the Department of Child Services (DCS) and to make recommendations to improve the child welfare system.  The Bureau operates independently of DCS and is housed in the Department of Administration.

DCS Ombudsman Information Line

DCS Ombudsman Staff

File a Complaint

Before filing a formal complaint, the DCS Ombudsman Bureau requires that complainants attempt to address their issues at the local level, by contacting the appropriate family case manager, the family case manager supervisor, the division manager, and the local office director.  Also, please review the Mission Statement, DCS Ombudsman Procedures and Rules of Engagement links provided below. To file a complaint online, click on the link below. To submit a paper form, download the pdf version of the Complaint Form below and mail to the address on the form.

  • Online Complaint Form
  • Complaint Form
  • Outreach

    Organizations interested in learning more about the DCS Ombudsman Bureau may request a 30 minute on-site presentation. The presentation will include information about:
  • The role and authority of the DCS Ombudsman Bureau
  • What happens when you a complaint is filed
  • The investigative and review process
  • What outcomes can be expected from an investigation
  • Please send your requests to or call 877-682-0101. Requests for presentations should include contact information, the event details, the anticipated number of attendees, the name of the organization, and a little background information about the organization requesting the presentation.


    For additional information concerning DCS Ombudsman Bureau operations, click on the topics below

    DCSO in the News

  • Article: 5 Takeaways from the DCS Ombudsman Report
  • Article: Calls to Child Ombudsman Up Sharply
  • Opinion: Call in Reinforcements for Vital Work