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More Participation, More Money to Children in 2nd Year of 'On the Road Again' Child Support Project
October 08, 2019
Collections during DCFS' second annual "On the Road Again" child support project increased by 85% this year, with 291 payors paying $360,456.42 in current and past-due support. The money will benefit 365 families with 480 children.
Louisiana to Receive National Award for Work in Adoption
October 04, 2019
The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is one of 12 recipients being recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) for its work to increase the number of foster children placed in permanent homes.
Federal Adjustments Impact SNAP Benefits
October 03, 2019
The USDA's new cost-of-living adjustments for SNAP that went into effect on October 1 will mean a slight increase in benefits for most Louisiana families, while allowing others on the cusp of eligibility to begin receiving assistance.
Three Weeks Left to Get 'On the Road Again' with Child Support Payments
September 09, 2019
Only three weeks remain for the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) "On the Road Again" child support project, which allows parents whose driver's licenses were suspended for nonpayment of child support to get the suspension removed for a reduced amount. The deadline is September 30, 2019.
SNAP Recipients Must Apply for Replacement Benefits for Food Lost Due to Hurricane Barry
July 16, 2019
Recipients of SNAP benefits may be eligible for replacement benefits for food lost due to Hurricane Barry, if they report their loss to DCFS by Friday, July 26, 2019.
DCFS Offers Help to Get Non-Custodial Parents 'On the Road Again' with Child Support Payments
July 08, 2019
DCFS will celebrate Child Support Awareness Month in August with another opportunity for non-custodial parents who are behind on their child support payments to get their driver's licenses reinstated for a reduced amount.
Governor Edwards Signs Bill Extending Foster Care to Age 21
June 06, 2019
Governor John Bel Edwards signed legislation to extend foster care to age 21 for all youth in care on their 18th birthday.
DCFS Launches New Recruitment Campaign for Foster Parents for Teens
May 15, 2019
DCFS is launching a new recruitment campaign for foster parents for teens. The campaign, launching amid National Foster Care Month, is part of the Department's ongoing commitment to improve outcomes for youth in foster care by increasing permanency and connections before they transition to adulthood.
DCFS Launches New Online Public Records Center
May 06, 2019
DCFS has launched its new online Public Records Center, a centralized and more efficient system for the public to request and receive public records from the Department.
Number of Identified Juvenile Trafficking Victims Rises, Adult Victims Decrease, DCFS Report Finds
March 29, 2019
The number of reported juvenile trafficking victims rose by 20 percent in 2018, while the number of adult victims decreased by 17 percent, according to data submitted to DCFS for its 2019 report on human trafficking. Sixty percent of the trafficking service providers in the state provided information for this fifth annual report.
Louisiana SNAP Benefits to be Issued on Modified Schedule for April
March 19, 2019
Louisiana SNAP recipients will receive their April benefits on a modified schedule, as DCFS works to transition families back to the regular distribution schedule that was disrupted by the partial federal government shutdown in January. May benefits will be issued according to the regular schedule.
SNAP Early April Benefits Distribution
March 13, 2019
Louisiana DCFS will distribute April benefits during the first nine days of the month to help close the gap for clients who have been stretching benefits due to the recent partial federal government shutdown.