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WASHINGTON D.C. - The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services Child Welfare Division an adoption excellence award for systemic change in foster care and adoption.
DCFS Secretary Marketa Garner Walters accepted the award today in Washington D.C. on behalf of the department. DCFS was one of 12 awardees nationwide and among the two awarded for Child Welfare/Judicial Systemic Change. Addressing recipients were Vice President Mike Pence and HHS Secretary Alex Azar.
DCFS was cited for three consecutive years of record adoptions from foster care and a 30.8 percent increase in teens adopted in FFY 2018 over FFY 2017.
- Click here for the HHS press release.
- Click here for the press release from Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards.
- Watch: VP Pence commends DCFS for three years of record adoptions from foster care.
- Watch: DCFS Secretary Marketa Garner Walters accepts an HHS Adoption Excellence award on behalf of the DCFS Child Welfare Division.