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Governor Edwards Signs Bill Extending Foster Care to Age 21
June 06, 2019
Governor John Bel Edwards signed legislation to extend foster care to age 21 for all youth in care on their 18th birthday.
DCFS Launches New Recruitment Campaign for Foster Parents for Teens
May 15, 2019
DCFS is launching a new recruitment campaign for foster parents for teens. The campaign, launching amid National Foster Care Month, is part of the Department's ongoing commitment to improve outcomes for youth in foster care by increasing permanency and connections before they transition to adulthood.
DCFS Launches New Online Public Records Center
May 06, 2019
DCFS has launched its new online Public Records Center, a centralized and more efficient system for the public to request and receive public records from the Department.
Number of Identified Juvenile Trafficking Victims Rises, Adult Victims Decrease, DCFS Report Finds
March 29, 2019
The number of reported juvenile trafficking victims rose by 20 percent in 2018, while the number of adult victims decreased by 17 percent, according to data submitted to DCFS for its 2019 report on human trafficking. Sixty percent of the trafficking service providers in the state provided information for this fifth annual report.
Louisiana SNAP Benefits to be Issued on Modified Schedule for April
March 19, 2019
Louisiana SNAP recipients will receive their April benefits on a modified schedule, as DCFS works to transition families back to the regular distribution schedule that was disrupted by the partial federal government shutdown in January. May benefits will be issued according to the regular schedule.
Louisiana Should Extend Foster Care to Age 21 for All Youth, Task Force Recommends
February 20, 2019
All Louisiana youth in foster care on their 18th birthday should be eligible to remain in care until they turn 21, a legislatively-created panel responsible for studying the issue said in a new report.
Louisiana DCFS to Issue March SNAP Benefits on March 1st and 2nd
February 12, 2019
All Louisiana Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients can expect to receive their March SNAP benefits by March 2.
Early Issuance of February SNAP Benefits for Louisianans Complete
January 17, 2019
1.17.19 - DCFS completed the early issuance of February SNAP benefits late Wednesday (1.16.19). All households certified eligible for February SNAP benefits on or before Jan. 14 have now been issued those benefits. Cases that remained pending on that date, and new applications filed since then, will be processed on the regular schedule.
Update on SNAP Benefits in Louisiana
January 16, 2019
1.16.19 - Each state is handling the early issuance of February SNAP benefits differently. All official information about SNAP benefits for Louisianans will be posted on the DCFS website and will be shared on the department's Facebook page and Twitter account.
Louisiana Issues February SNAP Food Benefits Early
January 14, 2019
1.14.19 - Based on recent guidance from USDA's Food and Nutrition Service, most SNAP recipients will receive their February benefits early - on or before January 20. These are not extra benefits and should be carefully budgeted to last through the entire month of February.
Federal Cost of Living Adjustment Will Affect SNAP and Other Benefits Received Through DCFS
December 27, 2018
12.27.18 - A federal cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to Social Security and veterans benefits for 2019 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 and United Way of SELA Launch Effort to Expand Workforce Training for SNAP Recipients
November 14, 2018
The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and United Way of Southeast Louisiana (UWSELA) are partnering to help expand workforce training programs to recipients of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in seven parishes in Southeast Louisiana.