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DCFS Offices Instituting Remote Work Starting Today
March 16, 2020
Waiver Granted for Some Louisiana Parishes as New Federal Rule Brings Work Requirements for Some SNAP Recipients Beginning April 1
March 04, 2020
A new rule that takes effect April 1 will require some Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients to meet new federal work requirements to continue receiving federal food assistance, commonly known as “food stamps.” The federal government also has granted a waiver for 14 Louisiana parishes that will not be impacted by the new rule change.
Southern University Law Center, DCFS enter poverty innovation project
February 24, 2020
An innovative collaboration between Southern University Law Center and DCFS will provide guidance and direction for policies that can impact those living in poverty in Louisiana.
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.
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.