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Louisiana Program Helps Transition Young Adults Out of Foster Care
March 26, 2022
In recent years, states like Louisiana have started to rethink what the transition out of foster care should look like. Louisiana is now one of nearly 20 states that have partnered with the nonprofit Youth Villages to provide intensive, one-on-one support to young people aging out of the foster system through the LifeSet model. This story aired 3/26/2022 on NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday.
DCFS Opens New Office in Calcasieu Parish for Child Support Services
March 21, 2022
The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is opening a new office in Lakes Charles for Child Support services. The office, located at 3519 Patrick St., will open today, March 21, 2022.
DCFS Calls for Nominations, Applications for New Foster Caregiver Advisory Board
February 24, 2022
DCFS is announcing the creation of a Foster Caregiver Advisory Board (FCAB) to provide a platform for certified caregivers to partner with the agency to improve policy and practice.
Online Grocery Purchasing Now Available for All Louisiana EBT Cardholders
February 23, 2022
Louisiana households currently receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, formerly known as Food Stamps, can now order groceries online at Walmart stores throughout Louisiana.
Third Round of Pandemic EBT Benefits Coming to Eligible Louisiana Children
February 15, 2022
The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) have received approval from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to distribute a third round of Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits to eligible students.
Federal Cost of Living Adjustment Will Affect SNAP and Other Benefits Received Through DCFS
December 21, 2021
A federal cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to Social Security and veterans benefits for 2022 will result in decreases to some Louisiana residents’ Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, formerly known as food stamps, as well as benefits through the Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP).
Louisiana to Increase TANF Cash Assistance Benefits Beginning January 2022
December 16, 2021
Louisiana is increasing the cash benefit amounts available through the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program for the first time in more than two decades.
Secretary Walters' Statement in Response to Today's Press Conference Regarding Human Trafficking Case
December 13, 2021
12.13.2021 - Statement of DCFS Secretary Marketa Garner Walters in Response to Today's Press Conference Regarding Human Trafficking Case
December 03, 2021
In response to the pandemic, DCFS received federal approval to issue supplemental SNAP benefits for November 2022. Families who receive SNAP in September, but don't already receive the maximum allotment for their household size, will receive a supplement to bring them to the max. The supplemental allotments will be loaded onto EBT cards by Sunday, November 6.
DCFS and First Lady Donna Edwards Celebrate 612 Adoptions from Foster Care with Virtual Event
November 19, 2021
The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) marked National Adoption Month with a virtual event Thursday evening celebrating 470 families who adopted 612 children and youth from foster care during the past year.