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DCFS Seeks Injunction Against Evasive Unlicensed Child Care in Orleans Parish

December 09, 2011

12.09.11 - After years of evading efforts to shut them down, the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has filed a temporary restraining order and will seek a permanent injunction against Annette Osborne Willis and Latasha Poole for operating an unlicensed child care facility in Orleans Parish. Inspectors recently found 40 children in a small residence with insufficient space, unsafe sleeping arrangements and inadequate supervision.

DCFS Reminds Mandated Reporters, Public of Child Abuse Reporting Laws and Statewide Child Abuse Hotline

November 10, 2011

11.10.11 - While questions surround the responsible parties involved in the recent child abuse allegations at Penn State University, Louisiana's law is clear in listing who is considered a mandated reporter of child abuse and neglect. The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), reminds mandated reporters of their responsibility and that DCFS' statewide, toll-free child abuse hotline, 1-855-4LA-KIDS, is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for anyone to report suspected abuse or neglect.

DCFS Investigations Lead to Arrests, Conviction for Assistance Fraud

November 04, 2011

11.4.11 - A Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) investigation has resulted in the arrest of four individuals in Webster, Caddo and East Baton Rouge parishes, along with an individual sentenced after pleading guilty. They are accused of defrauding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly called Food Stamps, of more than $40,000 by failing to report household members and by providing falsified verification in order to obtain ineligible benefits.