Jeanne Milstein is Connecticutâ€™s Child Advocate. Appointed by Governor John G. Rowland and confirmed by the General Assembly, she is a strong public voice when children in need have no one to speak on their behalf. The Office of the Child Advocate (OCA) oversees the protection and care of Connecticutâ€™s most vulnerable and youngest citizens and advocates for their well being. Jeanne Milstein has dedicated her career to advocating for the stateâ€™s children and youth. Guided by the adage that "if you are not outraged, you are not paying attention," she brings to her post a passionate concern for children, unquestioned integrity, and unwavering tenacity.
Her voice is a beacon of hope that speaks frequently on issues ranging from conditions at the stateâ€™s juvenile correctional facilities to the quality of child protection and the delivery of childrenâ€™s mental health services.
Prior to her appointment as Child Advocate, Ms. Milstein was Director of Government Relations for the Department of Children and Families and Legislative Director for the Connecticut Commission for Children. Earlier she was responsible for child care in the Connecticut Department of Human Resources and served as Executive Director of the Womenâ€™s Center of Southeastern Connecticut and Legislative Director of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women.
A resident of West Hartford, Ms. Milstein graduated with a BS Degree from Cornell University.