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DCFS Collects More than $2 Million in Arrears Through Casino Intercept Program
August 26, 2014
08.25.14 - More than $2 million in Louisiana gambling winnings have gone directly to the children of non-custodial parents who are behind on child support. As of June 2014, the Department of Children and Family Services' (DCFS) child support casino intercept program has collected $2,052,985.80 from 1,526 non-custodial parents who owed back child support.
DCFS Urges Extra Caution With Fireworks Around Children
July 03, 2014
07.03.14 - As the country celebrates Independence Day, the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) reminds parents and caregivers to use extra caution with fireworks around children. Improper handling of fireworks can cause burns and eye injuries.
DCFS Announces Domestic Violence Funding
June 17, 2014
06.17.14 - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) will fund 16 domestic violence service providers across the state, including one provider that is expanding to Shreveport and Natchitoches.
Fifteen Louisiana Residents Sentenced After Fraudulently Receiving DCFS Benefits
June 09, 2014
06.09.14 - Fifteen Louisiana residents have been convicted of receiving more than $116,000 in ineligible benefits after an investigation by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services' (DCFS) Fraud and Recovery Unit.
DCFS Executive Receives Prestigious Child Welfare Award
May 29, 2014
05.29.14 - The Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), part of the federal Department of Health and Human Services, presented Dr. Rhenda Hodnett, Child Welfare Training Academy Director, its 2014 Commissioner's Award.
DCFS, the Pelican Center and Public Universities Announce New Child Welfare Training Academy
May 05, 2014
05.05.14 - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), in collaboration with the Pelican Center and public university schools of social work, today announced that DCFS Child Welfare Director, Dr. Rhenda Hodnett, will lead the newly created Child Welfare Training Academy.
DCFS Child Welfare Launches Family-Centered Approach to Safely Keep More Children with Families, Reduce Instances of Abuse
April 04, 2014
04.04.14 - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is kicking off Child Abuse Prevention Month by announcing a new family-centered approach to taking reports of child abuse or neglect. The new approach is aimed at safely maintaining children in their own homes.
DCFS Implements New Rule and Pursues Legislation to Clarify Authorized Uses of Cash Assistance Benefits
March 20, 2014
03.20.14 - Today, the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) implemented an emergency rule to further prohibit the use of Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP) and Kinship Care Subsidy Program (KCSP) benefits at certain types of retailers that include lingerie stores, tattoo shops, nail salons and jewelry stores. FITAP and KCSP provide cash assistance to help pay only for a family's ongoing basic needs, such as food, shelter and clothing.
DCFS Announces Initial Disqualifications Stemming from SNAP EBT Outage
February 24, 2014
02.24.14 - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has disqualified six Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients who attempted to intentionally and grossly misuse taxpayer dollars by using their EBT (electronic benefit transfer) cards to make purchases that exceeded the available balance during a multi-state system failure. DCFS has started the process to disqualify an additional 25 SNAP recipients.
DCFS-LWC partnership matches SNAP recipients with employers, job assistance
January 17, 2014
01.17.13 - The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) are partnering to help Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients develop high-demand job skills and move toward self-sufficiency.