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State Opens Alexandria Mega-shelter for Texas Harvey Survivors
August 30, 2017
08.30.17 - The Alexandria mega-shelter opened to take in Texas survivors from Tropical Storm Harvey. The shelter is staffed by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).
August 27, 2017
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Louisiana Parents Paid $530,000 in Child Support through MoneyGram in First 6 Months of 2017
August 17, 2017
08.17.17 - Parents who pay child support through the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services are increasingly finding MoneyGram a convenient way to make their payments. Participation has grown dramatically each month since DCFS aligned with the money transfer company in late 2016 to allow parents to electronically send payments to DCFS for transfer to custodial parents.
First Lady Donna Edwards Launches Initiative Connecting Foster Parents with Community Supports
August 11, 2017
08.11.17 - First Lady Donna Edwards is launching a new initiative to connect foster parents with the support systems they need in their communities. This statewide campaign will link government, faith groups, nonprofit organizations, businesses and community members to create a united network of support for Louisiana's foster care system.
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.