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DCFS Offers Assistance to Child Support Payors with Suspended Licenses
August 20, 2018
08.20.18 - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is offering, for a limited time, an opportunity for payors of child support whose driver's licenses DCFS has administratively suspended to get their licenses reinstated for a reduced amount.
DCFS Invites Public to Regional “Conversations with a Secretary” Community Meetings
August 13, 2018
08.10.18 - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services is inviting the public to a community conversation with Secretary Marketa Garner Walters and DCFS leadership on the issues of child welfare and poverty.
CASA, DCFS Partner in Recruitment Campaign for Volunteers, Foster Parents
August 09, 2018
08.08.18 - Louisiana Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) are partnering in a recruitment campaign for CASA volunteers and foster parents.
State Launches Efforts to Extend Foster Care to Age 21
August 03, 2018
08.03.18 - Gov. John Bel Edwards joined DCFS Secretary Marketa Garner Walters, legislative leaders, former foster youth and child advocates today in launching efforts to extend foster care in Louisiana through age 21.
July 31, 2018
Mandated reporters are teachers, health practitioners, clergy, law enforcement, coaches and more who are required to report child abuse. Find out if you are a mandated reporter and complete a training to help spot and report child abuse.
Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI)
July 31, 2018
The Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI) is a new approach to improving foster care in Louisiana. QPI emphasizes the importance of the team approach -- foster parents, agency staff, and birth parents, working together to achieve the best outcomes for the child.
DCFS Encourages Faith, Business, Community Groups to Join the Growing 'Louisiana Fosters' Movement
May 24, 2018
05.24.18 - As National Foster Care Month comes to an end, the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is urging more faith, business and community groups to join the growing Louisiana Fosters movement by supporting the state's foster care system.
DCFS Launches New Foster Parent Recruitment Campaign during Foster Care Month
May 15, 2018
05.15.18 - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is marking National Foster Care Month, celebrated annually in May, with the official launch of a new foster parent recruitment campaign.
DCFS Report Shows 77 Percent Increase in Juvenile Human Trafficking Victims Identified in 2017
February 28, 2018
02.28.18 - A 2018 report on human trafficking, including trafficking of children for sexual purposes and commercial sexual exploitation, showed a 77 percent increase in juvenile victims identified over the past year, including more than three times as many victims age 12 and younger, compared to 2016.
Louisiana's Embrace of Quality Parenting and its Promise for Foster Children Focus of National Conference
January 16, 2018
01.16.18 - Louisiana's embrace of the Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI), and the fundamental shift it brings to the state's foster care system, will be featured at the QPI National Conference in New Orleans this week.
Federal Cost of Living Adjustment Will Affect SNAP and Other Benefits Received Through DCFS
December 28, 2017
12.28.2017 - A federal cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to Social Security and veterans benefits for 2018 will result in decreases to some Louisiana residents' Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, also known as food stamps, as well as benefits through the Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP) and Kinship Care Subsidy Program (KCSP).
National Adoption Month
November 21, 2017
DCFS dedicates the month of November to honoring those who have made a difference in a child's life through adoption and to raising awareness in an effort to provide homes for about 140 children who remain in need of a permanent, adoptive home.