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Child Welfare

Mandated Reporters

PLEASE NOTE: DCFS recommends using the Google Chrome web browser to access the online form. The form may not function fully through other web browsers.

Who are Mandated Reporters?

Mandated reporters are any of the following individuals performing their occupational duties:

  • “Health practitioner” is any individual who provides health care services, including a physician, surgeon, physical therapist, dentist, resident, intern, hospital staff member, podiatrist, chiropractor, licensed nurse, nursing aide, dental hygienist, any emergency medical technician, paramedic, optometrist, medical examiner, or coroner who diagnoses, examines, or treats a child or his family.

  • “Mental health/social service practitioner” is any individual  who provides mental health care or social services diagnosis, assessment, counseling, or treatment, including a psychiatrist, psychologist, marriage or family counselor, social worker, member of clergy, aide, or other individual who provides counseling services to a child or his family.

  • “Member of the clergy” is any priest, rabbi, duly ordained clerical deacon or minister, Christian Science practitioner, or other similarly situated functionary of a religious organization unless not required to report a confidential communication as defined in the Code of Evidence Article 511.

  • “Teaching or child care provider” is any person who provides or assists in the teaching, training and supervision of a child, including any public or private school teacher, teacher's aide, instructional aide, school principal, school staff member, bus driver, coach, professor, technical or vocational instructor, technical or vocational school staff member, college or university administrator, college or university staff member, social worker, probation officer, foster home parent, group home or other child care institution staff member, personnel of a residential home facilities, a licensed or unlicensed daycare provider, or any individual who provides such services to a child in a voluntary or professional capacity.

  • Police officers or law enforcement officials.

  • “Commercial film and photographic print processor” is any person who develops exposed photographic film into negatives, slides, or prints, or who makes prints from negatives or slides for compensation.

  • "Mediators" appointed pursuant to Children's Code, Chapter 6 of Title IV.

  • "Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)" is any CASA volunteer under the supervision of a CASA program appointed pursuant to Chapter 4 of Title IV.

  • "Organizational or Youth Activity Provider" is any person who provides organized activities for children, including administrators, employees, or volunteers of any day camp, summer camp, youth center, or youth recreation programs or any other organization that provides organized activities for children.

  • "Coach" is any school coach including but not limited to public technical or vocational school, community college, college or university coaches and coaches of intramural or interscholastic athletics.


How to File Reports

  • To report alleged abuse/neglect that requires immediate attention, call toll-free 1-855-4LA-KIDS (855-452-5437) to speak with a trained specialist 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • By law, all reports made orally by mandated reporters must be followed by a written report to DCFS within five days. This may occur either by entering a follow-up report online or by mailing CPI-2 form to the DCFS Centralized Intake Office (see below).
  • To report alleged abuse/neglect that does not require immediate assistance, you may fill out the Mandated Reporter Form online.
DCFS recommends using the Google Chrome web browser to access the online form. The form may not function fully through other web browsers.

Make a report from any DCFS Child Welfare office.


DCFS Centralized Intake Mailing Address

  • Download the CPI-2 form.
  • Mail CPI-2 forms to the following address:

    DCFS Centralized Intake
    P.O. Box 3318
    Baton Rouge, LA 70821

Mandated Reporter Training Online

The Mandated Reporter Training is housed in the Louisiana Child Welfare Training Academy's eLearning system. The training is available to all mandated reporters.

LCWTA eLearning accounts are required to complete the training. Trainees who do not have accounts: Click the Create New Account link on the training log-in page.

If you have any questions, please email support@lcwta.org.

For proper reporting, all non-child welfare DCFS staff should complete the training on the Louisiana Employee Online (LEO) system.


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