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UPDATE: DCFS Offices Reopening to Public with Limited Capacity
May 15, 2020
DCFS Partners with Louisiana 211 to Provide Information about Resources, Services to Kinship Caregivers
April 23, 2020
04.23.2020 - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is partnering with Louisiana 211 to provide kinship caregivers easy access to information about resources and services available to help them and their families.
Supplemental SNAP Benefits to be Issued to Many Louisiana Households on Tuesday
March 30, 2020
Many Louisiana households who received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits in March will see an extra boost on their SNAP cards Tuesday (March 31, 2020), following a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) authorizing supplemental SNAP benefits to bring each household to its maximum allotment by size, in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As dictated by federal law, households already receiving the maximum SNAP allotment for their household size will not receive supplemental benefits.
DCFS Child Support Enforcement Services Still Available
March 24, 2020
03.24.20 - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Child Support Enforcement staff encourages non-custodial parents and employers to make payments electronically during the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
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.