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Louisiana One of Four States Awarded Grant to Address Child Trafficking 12.03.14 - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), HP Serve and LouisianaChildren.org have been awarded a prestigious federal grant to prevent and investigate child trafficking for those in, or at risk of involvement with, the child welfare population. Kim Glapion-Bertrand Appointed DCFS Deputy Secretary of Programs 11.18.14 - The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has announced that Kim Glapion-Bertrand will serve as Deputy Secretary of Programs.
DCFS Hosts 16th Annual Adoption Reception at the Governor's Mansion 11.14.14 - Despite cold temperatures, the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) today held its 16th Annual Adoption Celebration at the Governor's Mansion in Baton Rouge to celebrate the 627 Louisiana foster children adopted by 459 families between October 1, 2013, and September 30, 2014. Eleven Louisiana Residents Sentenced to Public Assistance Benefits Fraud 09.30.14 - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services announces the convictions of 11 Louisiana residents who fraudulently received more than $81,000 in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) benefits.
Former DCFS Audit Director Sentenced Today 09.24.14 - Delrice Augustus, former director of the Bureau of Auditing and Compliance Services for the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), was sentenced today for theft from a federally funded entity. Augustus pleaded guilty on May 28 to using a state credit card for more than $25,000 in personal purchases. DCFS Secretary Selected for CWLA Advisory Committee 09.12.14 - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) announced today that Secretary Suzy Sonnier has been selected as a member of the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) Faith-Based Advisory Committee.
Drowning Dangers Still Present as Summer Season Comes to an End 08.28.14 - As families celebrate this Labor Day Weekend, the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) reminds parents and caregivers that the potential risk of drowning, whether in a swimming pool or natural body of water, is still present. DCFS Collects More than $2 Million in Arrears Through Casino Intercept Program 08.25.14 - More than $2 million in Louisiana gambling winnings have gone directly to the children of non-custodial parents who are behind on child support. As of June 2014, the Department of Children and Family Services' (DCFS) child support casino intercept program has collected $2,052,985.80 from 1,526 non-custodial parents who owed back child support.
DCFS Urges Extra Caution With Fireworks Around Children 07.03.14 - As the country celebrates Independence Day, the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) reminds parents and caregivers to use extra caution with fireworks around children. Improper handling of fireworks can cause burns and eye injuries. DCFS Announces Domestic Violence Funding 06.17.14 - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) will fund 16 domestic violence service providers across the state, including one provider that is expanding to Shreveport and Natchitoches.
Fifteen Louisiana Residents Sentenced After Fraudulently Receiving DCFS Benefits 06.09.14 - Fifteen Louisiana residents have been convicted of receiving more than $116,000 in ineligible benefits after an investigation by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services' (DCFS) Fraud and Recovery Unit. DCFS Executive Receives Prestigious Child Welfare Award 05.29.14 - The Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), part of the federal Department of Health and Human Services, presented Dr. Rhenda Hodnett, Child Welfare Training Academy Director, its 2014 Commissioner's Award.
DCFS, the Pelican Center and Public Universities Announce New Child Welfare Training Academy 05.05.14 - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), in collaboration with the Pelican Center and public university schools of social work, today announced that DCFS Child Welfare Director, Dr. Rhenda Hodnett, will lead the newly created Child Welfare Training Academy. DCFS Child Welfare Launches Family-Centered Approach to Safely Keep More Children with Families, Reduce Instances of Abuse 04.04.14 - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is kicking off Child Abuse Prevention Month by announcing a new family-centered approach to taking reports of child abuse or neglect. The new approach is aimed at safely maintaining children in their own homes.
DCFS Implements New Rule and Pursues Legislation to Clarify Authorized Uses of Cash Assistance Benefits 03.20.14 - Today, the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) implemented an emergency rule to further prohibit the use of Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP) and Kinship Care Subsidy Program (KCSP) benefits at certain types of retailers that include lingerie stores, tattoo shops, nail salons and jewelry stores. FITAP and KCSP provide cash assistance to help pay only for a family's ongoing basic needs, such as food, shelter and clothing.  


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