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Our mission

Our office

The Office of the Youth Ombudsperson was established by executive order on November 30, 2022. Our office is charged with promoting the safety and well-being of youth in residential placements.

Our vision for race equity

Our office commits to meeting the unique needs of youth and their families by:

  • Reducing the use of youth residential placement facilities.
  • Addressing the underlying reasons youth of color are more often sent into placement.
  • Improving and promoting the health, safety, and well-being of youth in placement.
  • Addressing the biases and stereotypes that put youth of color at risk of abuse while in placement.

We will partner with youth, advocates, and City leaders to put in place evidence-based solutions that ensure that youth are safe and successful in the community.

Because of our work, Philadelphia will be a place where all youth are able to access life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, regardless of their backgrounds or life experiences.