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DCFS Announces Changes in Child Care Assistance Program Rules
June 18, 2012
06.18.12 - The Department of Children and Family Services today announced it is issuing an emergency rule to reduce the maximum income limit for Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) eligibility, as well as reduce paid absences to providers for CCAP services, as a result of previous reductions in federal funding. These changes should result in a savings of $10.1 million a year.
DCFS Warns of Safety Risks for Children Left Unattended in Cars
June 08, 2012
06.08.12 - As summer begins and temperatures continue to rise, the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) reminds parents and caregivers that leaving children unattended in a car can be deadly.
DCFS Encourages Residents to Pre-Apply for Disaster Food Assistance as Hurricane Season Begins
June 01, 2012
06.01.12 - As hurricane season officially begins today, June 1, the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is encouraging residents to prepare by pre-applying online for Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (DSNAP), formerly called Disaster Food Stamps.
Governor Proclaims Child Abuse Prevention Month in April
April 20, 2012
04.20.12 - With April proclaimed Child Abuse Prevention Month in Louisiana by Governor Bobby Jindal, the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) reminds individuals that if they see signs of child abuse and neglect they should call the statewide, toll-free number, 1-855-4LA-KIDS (1-855-452-5437), which is available 24 hours a day to take reports of suspected child abuse or neglect.
SNAP Fraud Scam Discovered, DCFS Asks Businesses to Be Aware
April 19, 2012
04.19.12 - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) today asks businesses and business owners to be on alert for a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly the Food Stamp Program) scam in which an individual claiming to represent DCFS asks to update Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) machines.
DCFS CAFÉ Is Open For Business
April 02, 2012
04.02.12 - CAFÉ is open for business across the state for individuals applying for, or those currently receiving, assistance from the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).
DCFS' Safe Sleep TV Commercial Targets Areas with High Rate of Co-sleeping Child Fatalities
March 12, 2012
03.12.12 - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) today launched a television commercial promoting safe sleep for babies. The commercial focuses on the risk of co-sleeping or bed-sharing with parents and begins airing in the Shreveport, Lake Charles, Monroe and Lafayette areas today. A statewide release is set for April.
DCFS Seeks Injunction Against Unlicensed Child Care Provider in Calcasieu Parish
February 28, 2012
02.28.12 - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has filed a petition seeking a preliminary and permanent injunction against Glynn and Rose Richard for operating an unlicensed child care facility, Mo Mo's Home Care, in Calcasieu Parish. The provider admitted to keeping up to 22 children at any given time.
December Child Support Round-Up Accounts for more than $74,000 from Delinquent Parents Owing more than $1.1 million
January 23, 2012
01.23.12 -- The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) today announced totals from a December child support round-up that resulted in 126 arrests of non-custodial parents owing more than $1.1 million.
Louisiana Safe Haven Law Provides Alternative to Abandoning Newborns
January 18, 2012
01.18.12 - Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) Secretary Ruth Johnson said today that a mom who allegedly abandoned a newborn outside her home in St. Tammany Parish on Monday could have utilized Louisiana's Safe Haven law, which provides a legal means for parents to anonymously give up custody of infants without the threat of prosecution for neglect, abandonment or child cruelty.