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DCFS COVID-19 Updates

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03/30/20 Supplemental SNAP Benefits to be Issued to Many Louisiana Households

Many Louisiana households who received SNAP benefits in March will see an extra boost on their EBT cards on March 31, 2020, following a waiver from the USDA authorizing supplemental SNAP benefits to bring each household to its maximum allotment by size, in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Other changes include suspended work requirements and the extension of April recertification deadlines.

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03/25/20 Gov. Edwards' COVID-19 Major Disaster Declaration Request Approved by President Trump

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that his request for a statewide Major Disaster Declaration in response to the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana was approved by President Donald Trump last night. The declaration allows the federal government to provide additional support for state and local agencies in dealing with this growing public health emergency. 

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03/24/20 DCFS Child Support Enforcement Services Still Available

DCFS Child Support Enforcement staff continues to work even as office lobbies are closed to visitors and encourage non-custodial parents and employers to make payments electronically during the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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03/22/20 Gov. Edwards Issues Statewide Stay at Home Order to Further Fight the Spread of COVID-19

Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a statewide Stay at Home order that goes into effect at 5 p.m. Monday, March 23, to further fight the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana, as the number of confirmed cases have topped 800 and spread to more than half of our parishes.

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03/20/20 How to Contact DCFS

The Department of Children and Family Services is currently open, but we are not accepting visitors at any of our office locations at this time. During this difficult period, we are committed to continuing to provide the services you rely on, although how we do that is changing.

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03/17/20 DCFS Offices Temporarily Closing to Visitors

Due to changing circumstances involving the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), DCFS has decided to provide customer service only by phone, email and online, starting Tuesday, March 17, until further notice.

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03/16/20 DCFS Offices Instituting Remote Work

Due to community spread of the novel coronavirus in New Orleans, and in response to the need for social distancing across the state, DCFS is instituting 100% remote work in its Orleans Region offices, and transitioning to reduced workforce on-site in other offices statewide, starting Monday, March 16, 2020.

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03/14/20 Get SNAP

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides monthly benefits that help eligible low-income households buy the food they need for good health.

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