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DSS Kicks Off Adoption Month With Celebration at Governor's Mansion Today

November 06, 2009

11.06.09 - The Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services (DSS) will celebrate the 451 families who made adoptive commitments to 582 Louisiana children over the past year at the 11th Annual Adoption Celebration today (Friday, November 6) beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the Governor's Mansion. Governor Bobby Jindal has proclaimed November Adoption Awareness Month, noting that adopted children come "to know the benefits of the permanence that is central to a sound home life provided by a loving family."

Former Owner of Ferriday Child Care Center Sentenced for Fraud in Federal Court

November 05, 2009

11.05.09 - A former child care center owner was sentenced today to 37 months in prison followed by three years of supervised probation for committing mail fraud after defrauding the Department of Children & Family Services (DSS) Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). Pamela Gorden, the former owner and operator of Gorden’s Daycare and Learning Center in Ferriday, was also ordered by United States District Judge Dee D. Drell to pay full restitution of $220,697 to DSS. Gorden will report to a designated federal prison in December.

DSS Provides Update on Child Care Licensing Reform

November 03, 2009

11.03.09 - As part of the child care licensing reform efforts announced in September, Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services (DSS) Secretary Kristy Nichols today announced that an initial 90-day assessment of a select number of child care centers has been completed and has resulted in the revocation of 12 operating licenses. Each of the 12 child care centers either previously had the license revoked and a new license issued or had deficiencies on record that raised risk or safety concerns.

DSS Provides Update on Internal Disaster Food Stamp Fraud

October 30, 2009

10.30.09 - The Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services (DSS) announced today that the agency has recovered more than 60 percent of identified losses due to employee fraud in the Disaster Food Stamp Program after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Of the 1,330 employee cases reviewed, 319 were deemed eligible for the program, with another 937 cases ruled inadvertent household or administrative error. DSS Secretary Kristy Nichols said the agency has only 11 cases left to review.

New Orleans Stop of 2009 Louisiana Job Fairs Slated for Tuesday

October 19, 2009

10.19.09 - As part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Department of Social Services will host the New Orleans stop of the 2009 Louisiana Job Fairs on Tuesday, Oct. 20 from 9am - noon at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Avenue in Metairie. The job fairs are aimed to help move job ready citizens with disabilities toward greater self-sufficiency by connecting them with the business community

DSS to host second monthly Web Cast Wednesday, October 7

October 02, 2009

10.02.09 - The Department of Children & Family Services (DSS) will host a Web cast Wednesday, October 7, focused on best practices in the development of a coordinated system of care for children served in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. It is the second in a series of monthly Web casts and part of the agency's efforts to foster leadership and innovation in social service delivery, increase savings and efficiencies and improve client outcomes.