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DCFS Announces $8 Million in Mid-Year Budget Reductions
December 16, 2011
12.16.11 -- The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services today announced a reduction of $8 million in state general funds for FY 2012.
DCFS Continues to Add to Casino Intercept Winnings in Baton Rouge, Lafayette
December 13, 2011
12.13.11 - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has intercepted casino winnings from 21 non-custodial parents totaling more than $41,000. The casino interception initiative has expanded to five casinos since the launch of the pilot program in September with one more expected to be active later this week.
DCFS Seeks Injunction Against Evasive Unlicensed Child Care in Orleans Parish
December 09, 2011
12.09.11 - After years of evading efforts to shut them down, the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has filed a temporary restraining order and will seek a permanent injunction against Annette Osborne Willis and Latasha Poole for operating an unlicensed child care facility in Orleans Parish. Inspectors recently found 40 children in a small residence with insufficient space, unsafe sleeping arrangements and inadequate supervision.
DCFS Antifraud GIS System Draws Attention of Texas Inspector General
December 01, 2011
12.01.11 - The Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) today hosted Texas Inspector General Douglas Wilson and other Texas officials, who traveled to Louisiana to see first-hand the agency's award-winning antifraud Geographic Information System (GIS) technology used to detect fraudulent activity in the state's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
DCFS Appeals Federal Decision Regarding Emergency Funds
November 23, 2011
11.23.11 - The Department of Children and Family Services today announced it has appealed a decision by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that denies the utilization of Deepwater Horizon oil spill expenditures to qualify for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Emergency Funds, and as a result, DCFS is reducing $7.1 million in expenditures.
False Records, Inadequate Supervision Result in Loss of Baton Rouge Area Child Care License
November 22, 2011
11.22.11 - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has revoked the child care license of Children of the Future, a child care center in Baton Rouge, based on falsified attendance records and inadequate supervision.
DCFS Awarded $1.3 Million for Increasing Adoptions for Third Year in a Row
November 22, 2011
11.22.11 - To cap off Adoption Awareness Month, the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has been awarded more than $1.3 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the third year in a row. This award is given for increasing the number children in the state's foster care system that were placed into permanent adoptive homes.
DCFS Reminds of Child Abuse Reporting Laws, Hotline
November 16, 2011
11.16.11 - With Governor Bobby Jindal's Executive Order today requiring higher education officials to report incidents of child abuse and neglect, the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) reminds mandated reporters and the public to report suspected child abuse or neglect by calling 1-855-4LA-KIDS.
DCFS Reminds Mandated Reporters, Public of Child Abuse Reporting Laws and Statewide Child Abuse Hotline
November 10, 2011
11.10.11 - While questions surround the responsible parties involved in the recent child abuse allegations at Penn State University, Louisiana's law is clear in listing who is considered a mandated reporter of child abuse and neglect. The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), reminds mandated reporters of their responsibility and that DCFS' statewide, toll-free child abuse hotline, 1-855-4LA-KIDS, is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for anyone to report suspected abuse or neglect.
DCFS Kicks Off Adoption Awareness Month with Governor's Mansion Celebration
November 04, 2011
11.04.11 -- The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) celebrated the record 646 Louisiana Children who were adopted by 455 families over the past year at the 13th Annual Adoption Celebration at the Governor's Mansion on Friday afternoon.
DCFS Reduces Supplemental TANF Budget After Congress Fails to Renew Grant
November 04, 2011
11.04.11 -- As a result of the U.S. Congress not renewing the Supplemental Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Block Grant for Federal Fiscal Year 2012, the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) today announced $17 million in reductions to programs for this fiscal year.
DCFS Investigations Lead to Arrests, Conviction for Assistance Fraud
November 04, 2011
11.4.11 - A Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) investigation has resulted in the arrest of four individuals in Webster, Caddo and East Baton Rouge parishes, along with an individual sentenced after pleading guilty. They are accused of defrauding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly called Food Stamps, of more than $40,000 by failing to report household members and by providing falsified verification in order to obtain ineligible benefits.