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Residents Encouraged to Pre-Apply for Disaster Food Assistance Ahead of Possible Flooding, Hurricane Season
May 09, 2011
05.09.11 - As Louisiana residents eye the rising Mississippi River, 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.
16 Arrested in St. Tammany Parish Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Benefit Fraud Cases
April 19, 2011
04.19.11 - A joint investigation by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office led to the arrest last week of 16 individuals accused of defrauding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps) and other federal assistance programs of approximately $200,000.
Governor Jindal Announces New "Coordinated System of Care" to Streamline State Services & Help Louisiana's At-Risk Youth
March 03, 2011
03.03.11 - Today, Governor Bobby Jindal was joined by education, health care and child services stakeholders to announce an Executive Order making Louisiana one of the first states in the nation to formally bring together the leadership of all four child-serving agencies - the Office of Juvenile Justice, the Department of Children and Family Services, the Department of Health and Hospitals and the Department of Education - to form a statewide Coordinated System of Care for youth with significant behavioral health needs.
DCFS Bucks National Trend By Setting Child Support Collections Record for Third Year
February 25, 2011
02.25.11- The Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) set a record for the third consecutive year when it comes to collecting child support payments - more than $365 million was collected for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2010, which is up from more than $354 million collected in FFY 2009.
Louisiana's Neighborhood Place welcomes the Mahalia Jackson Center in New Orleans
February 14, 2011
02.14.11 - Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Secretary Ruth Johnson today joined other state and local officials in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the official grand opening of Mahalia Jackson Center in New Orleans, Louisiana's first urban Neighborhood Place.
DCFS Regional Administrator Returns from Military Service in Iraq to Serve Louisiana Children and Families
January 21, 2011
01.21.11 - After serving for nine months as Louisiana Army National Guard's Logistical Civil Augmentation Program Manager at Camp Victory in Bagdad, Iraq, Lieutenant Colonel Lillian Smith returned this week to her job at the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) in a different role - as the new Regional Administrator in Alexandria.
DCFS Increases Access for Clients through 150 Community Partners Statewide
January 20, 2011
01.20.11 - Louisiana residents now have more than 150 news ways to access DCFS services. The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) today announced that it has 167 community partners now operating statewide, allowing the agency to increase its reach while reducing its physical footprint.