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Louisiana Receives National Award for Work in Adoption
Louisiana DCFS is one of 12 recipients being recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for its work to increase the number of foster children placed in permanent homes.
DCFS transformed its approach to foster care and adoption, resulting in three consecutive years of record-breaking numbers of children finding permanency through adoption. The largest increase was among teens (ages 13-17) with 30.8% more teens adopted in FFY 2018 than FFY 2017.
- Statewide implementation of the Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI), a team approach to foster care that encourages birth parents, foster parents and agency staff to work together, focusing on quality parenting for all children in the child welfare system.
- Launched Louisiana Fosters, a statewide network of nonprofits, faith-based organization and businesses working hand-in-hand with the state to support foster caregivers and the children in their care.