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Effects of Disasters on Women and Children will be Focus of Essence Festival Panel Discussion
June 30, 2017
6.30.17 - Ricks will discuss child homelessness, trauma and how our communities can prepare for future disasters with the panel, which will take place Saturday, July 1, at 1:10-1:25 p.m., on the Empowerment Experience stage at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans.
DCFS Warns of Safety Risks Associated with Summer Holidays
June 28, 2017
6.28.17 - Fireworks and swimming, both common summertime activities, pose safety risks for young children in particular.
Customer Service Center Announcement
June 22, 2017
We are experiencing long delays and disconnects on the DCFS Customer Service Center Helpline (888-524-3578). Please see the following tips that may help expedite your customer service request.
Children Left Unattended in Vehicles Risk Heatstroke, Brain Damage and Death
June 19, 2017
6.19.17 - Of the 712 children, nationwide, who died of vehicular-related heatstroke between 1998 and October 2016, more than half had been left in the car by a caregiver who forgot they were there.
Residents Encouraged to Pre-Register for Disaster Food Assistance to Prepare for Hurricane Season
June 05, 2017
6.5.17 - Pre-registering now for DSNAP can save residents time later, when gathering the required income information may be more difficult.
Pre-Register for DSNAP
June 05, 2017
Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is encouraging residents to prepare for hurricane season by pre-registering online for Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (DSNAP).
DCFS Report Shows 25 percent Increase in Human Trafficking Cases in Louisiana
April 19, 2017
4.19.17 - A report on human trafficking, trafficking of children for sexual purposes and commercial sexual exploitation showed a 25 percent increase in victims over the past year, with 447 victims reported in 2017, compared to 357 in 2016.
Louisiana Parents can now make Child Support Payments at WalMart, CVS, Albertson's and Other Retail Stores through MoneyGram
March 09, 2017
3.9.17 - Parents who make child support payments through DCFS can now make cash payments through MoneyGram at Walmart, CVS or any other of MoneyGram's estimated 780 locations in Louisiana.
Two Days Remain for Eligible Orleans Residents in Impacted Area to Apply for DSNAP
February 22, 2017
2.22.17 - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is reminding eligible residents of New Orleans' tornado-impacted area they have two days left to apply for Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) benefits.
DCFS Receives Waiver to Allow Hot Foods Purchased with SNAP or DSNAP Cards in Seven Tornado-Impacted Parishes
February 17, 2017
2.17.17 - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services requested and received approval of a waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service to allow the purchase of hot foods with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps) or Disaster SNAP benefits in seven tornado-impacted parishes through March 31, 2017. The affected area approved for DSNAP assistance is generally located south of Dwyer Road and Michoud Bayou, east of Wilson Avenue, north of Almonaster Avenue, and ?west of Gentilly Road. An impact map is attached and can be found at www.dcfs.la.gov/disaster and staff will be stationed at the DSNAP site entrance daily to verify addresses.
DSNAP Approved for Eligible Residents in Impacted Areas of Orleans
February 16, 2017
2.16.17 - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) announced federal approval of a Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) for residents impacted by the tornado in New Orleans. The affected area approved for DSNAP assistance is generally located south of Dwyer Road and Michoud Bayou, east of Wilson Avenue, north of Almonaster Avenue, and west of Gentilly Road. An impact map is attached and can be found at www.dcfs.la.gov/disaster and staff will be stationed at the DSNAP site entrance daily to verify addresses.
DCFS Celebrates Record Adoptions at 18th Annual Adoption Reception
November 04, 2016
11.04.16 - More foster children have found permanent homes over the past year than in any year thus far. Today, the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) marked National Adoption Month with a celebration honoring 532 families who adopted 735 Louisiana foster children between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016 - the most in one year to date.