The Legislature created the four ombudspersons for families' positions in 1991. The legislation requires the office to operate independently, but in collaboration with, the Indian Affairs Council, the Chicano-Latino Affairs Council, the Council on Black Minnesotans, and the Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans. The office's primary duty is to ensure that all laws governing the protection of children and their families are implemented in a culturally appropriate manner, and that decision-making processes are in compliance with the laws that protect children of color in the state.
Financial-Related Audit Reports address internal control weaknesses and noncompliance issues found during our audits of state departments and agencies. The scope of our work at the Office of Ombudspersons for Families included federal receipts, payroll, rent, and other administrative expenditures.