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DCFS Report Shows 77 Percent Increase in Juvenile Human Trafficking Victims Identified in 2017 02.28.18 - A 2018 report on human trafficking, including trafficking of children for sexual purposes and commercial sexual exploitation, showed a 77 percent increase in juvenile victims identified over the past year, including more than three times as many victims age 12 and younger, compared to 2016.
Louisiana's Embrace of Quality Parenting and its Promise for Foster Children Focus of National Conference 01.16.18 - Louisiana's embrace of the Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI), and the fundamental shift it brings to the state's foster care system, will be featured at the QPI National Conference in New Orleans this week. Federal Cost of Living Adjustment Will Affect SNAP and Other Benefits Received Through DCFS 12.28.2017 - A federal cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to Social Security and veterans benefits for 2018 will result in decreases to some Louisiana residents' Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, also known as food stamps, as well as benefits through the Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP) and Kinship Care Subsidy Program (KCSP).
DCFS Celebrates Adoption Month with Annual Reception at Governor's Mansion 11.16.2017 - More Louisiana families took in multiple foster children or siblings, and more adopted their kin, leading to another record-setting year for adoptions from foster care. DCFS Celebrates November as Adoption Awareness Month 11.1.2017 - DCFS and community partners will host events throughout the state during November to raise awareness about adoption and celebrate another record-setting year for the number of foster children who found permanent homes.
DCFS Launches Online 'Safe Haven' Facility Locator 10.16.2017 - In an effort to prevent infant abandonment and save lives, the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) launched an online mapping tool designed to help the public locate hospitals, fire stations and other facilities where they can legally relinquish a newborn under Louisiana's Safe Haven law. Federal Adjustments to Impact SNAP Benefits, beginning October 1 9.28.2017 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) new cost-of-living adjustments for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that go into effect on Oct. 1 will mean a reduction of benefits for most Louisiana families, while allowing others on the cusp of eligibility to begin receiving assistance.
DCFS Selected to Test Workforce Strategies 9.18.2017 - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) was selected as one of eight sites to partner with the Quality Improvement Center for Workforce Development (QIC-WD) to strengthen the workforce. DCFS to Cease Operation of Reunification Line Today 9.8.2017 - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is ceasing operation of its reunification line today for anyone seeking to locate Hurricane Harvey survivors in state-run shelters in Louisiana.
Texas Calls Harvey Survivors to Come Back Home 9.5.2017 - Texas survivors of Hurricane Harvey staying in Louisiana shelters began their road to recovery Tuesday, as the two states partnered to transport the survivors to a shelter in Dallas. Phone Lines Set Up for Texas Families Trying to Locate Harvey Survivors in Louisiana's State Shelters 9.2.2017 - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has set up a phone bank for Texas families trying to locate loved ones evacuated after Hurricane Harvey to state-run shelters in Louisiana.
Jewella Shelter in Shreveport Opened to Take in Texas Survivors of Harvey 9.1.2017 - The Jewella shelter in Shreveport opened to begin taking in Texas survivors of Harvey. The shelter is staffed by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Donations Center Established in Alexandria for Texas Survivors of Harvey 08.31.17 - United Way of Central Louisiana has set up a donation center at the Kress Theatre in Alexandria to accept new clothing for Texas survivors of Harvey staying in the Alexandria mega-shelter.
State Opens Alexandria Mega-shelter for Texas Harvey Survivors 08.30.17 - The Alexandria mega-shelter opened to take in Texas survivors from Tropical Storm Harvey. The shelter is staffed by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Louisiana Parents Paid $530,000 in Child Support through MoneyGram in First 6 Months of 2017 08.17.17 - Parents who pay child support through the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services are increasingly finding MoneyGram a convenient way to make their payments. Participation has grown dramatically each month since DCFS aligned with the money transfer company in late 2016 to allow parents to electronically send payments to DCFS for transfer to custodial parents.


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