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Federal Cost of Living Adjustment Will Affect SNAP and Other Benefits Received Through DCFS
December 30, 2019
A federal cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to Social Security and veterans benefits for 2020 will result in decreases to some Louisiana residents' Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, also known as food stamps, as well as benefits received through the Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP).
DCFS Secretary Recognized as Angels in Adoption Honoree at National Event in Washington, D.C.
November 14, 2019
11.14.19 - Secretary Marketa Garner Walters of the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) was honored (Nov. 14, 2019) in Washington, D.C., as a 2019 Angels in Adoption® award recipient for her outstanding advocacy for adoption from foster care.
DCFS Receives National Award for Excellence in Adoptions
November 12, 2019
11.12.19 - 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.
893 Louisiana Children Adopted from Foster Care Last Year, the Second Highest on Record
November 07, 2019
11.07.19 - DCFS held its 21st Annual Adoption Celebration at the Governor's Mansion today (Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019) to celebrate the 893 children who found loving, permanent homes with 661 families during the 2019 federal fiscal year (FFY).
SNAP Recipients May Apply for Replacement Benefits for Food Lost Due to T.S. Olga
October 28, 2019
Recipients of SNAP benefits may be eligible for replacement benefits for food purchased with SNAP and lost due to Tropical Storm Olga, if they report their loss to DCFS by Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019.
How Some States are Helping Foster Kids Build Lives - Good Morning America
October 18, 2019
Of the 450,000 kids in foster care, many of them are aging out of the system, leaving them homeless and helpless. But some states like Louisiana are helping them become independent. This story aired 10/18/19 on Good Morning America.
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.