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FY25 Budget Testimony: Office of the Ombudsperson for Children

April 25, 2024

Children’s Law Center Policy Attorney Leah Castelaz testified before the Committee on Facilities and Family Services, asking the Council to fully restore funding to the Office of the Ombudsperson for Children and strike the repeal language from the Budget Support Act.

Children’s Law Center has been a staunch supporter of the Council’s extraordinary efforts to establish this Office for many years – through unanimously voting to establish the Office in 2020 and unanimously overriding the Mayor’s veto in 2021, to fully funding the Office in FY2022 and fully restoring funding for the Office when the Mayor defunded it the first time in FY2023.