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DCFS Launches Online 'Safe Haven' Facility Locator 10.16.2017 - In an effort to prevent infant abandonment and save lives, the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) launched an online mapping tool designed to help the public locate hospitals, fire stations and other facilities where they can legally relinquish a newborn under Louisiana's Safe Haven law.
Federal Adjustments to Impact SNAP Benefits, beginning October 1 9.28.2017 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) new cost-of-living adjustments for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that go into effect on Oct. 1 will mean a reduction of benefits for most Louisiana families, while allowing others on the cusp of eligibility to begin receiving assistance. DCFS Selected to Test Workforce Strategies 9.18.2017 - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) was selected as one of eight sites to partner with the Quality Improvement Center for Workforce Development (QIC-WD) to strengthen the workforce.
DCFS to Cease Operation of Reunification Line Today 9.8.2017 - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is ceasing operation of its reunification line today for anyone seeking to locate Hurricane Harvey survivors in state-run shelters in Louisiana. Texas Calls Harvey Survivors to Come Back Home 9.5.2017 - Texas survivors of Hurricane Harvey staying in Louisiana shelters began their road to recovery Tuesday, as the two states partnered to transport the survivors to a shelter in Dallas.
Phone Lines Set Up for Texas Families Trying to Locate Harvey Survivors in Louisiana's State Shelters 9.2.2017 - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has set up a phone bank for Texas families trying to locate loved ones evacuated after Hurricane Harvey to state-run shelters in Louisiana. Jewella Shelter in Shreveport Opened to Take in Texas Survivors of Harvey 9.1.2017 - The Jewella shelter in Shreveport opened to begin taking in Texas survivors of Harvey. The shelter is staffed by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).
Donations Center Established in Alexandria for Texas Survivors of Harvey 08.31.17 - United Way of Central Louisiana has set up a donation center at the Kress Theatre in Alexandria to accept new clothing for Texas survivors of Harvey staying in the Alexandria mega-shelter. State Opens Alexandria Mega-shelter for Texas Harvey Survivors 08.30.17 - The Alexandria mega-shelter opened to take in Texas survivors from Tropical Storm Harvey. The shelter is staffed by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).
Louisiana Parents Paid $530,000 in Child Support through MoneyGram in First 6 Months of 2017 08.17.17 - Parents who pay child support through the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services are increasingly finding MoneyGram a convenient way to make their payments. Participation has grown dramatically each month since DCFS aligned with the money transfer company in late 2016 to allow parents to electronically send payments to DCFS for transfer to custodial parents. First Lady Donna Edwards Launches Initiative Connecting Foster Parents with Community Supports 08.11.17 - First Lady Donna Edwards is launching a new initiative to connect foster parents with the support systems they need in their communities. This statewide campaign will link government, faith groups, nonprofit organizations, businesses and community members to create a united network of support for Louisiana's foster care system.
Effects of Disasters on Women and Children will be Focus of Essence Festival Panel Discussion 6.30.17 - Ricks will discuss child homelessness, trauma and how our communities can prepare for future disasters with the panel, which will take place Saturday, July 1, at 1:10-1:25 p.m., on the Empowerment Experience stage at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans. DCFS Warns of Safety Risks Associated with Summer Holidays 6.28.17 - Fireworks and swimming, both common summertime activities, pose safety risks for young children in particular.
Children Left Unattended in Vehicles Risk Heatstroke, Brain Damage and Death 6.19.17 - Of the 712 children, nationwide, who died of vehicular-related heatstroke between 1998 and October 2016, more than half had been left in the car by a caregiver who forgot they were there. Residents Encouraged to Pre-Register for Disaster Food Assistance to Prepare for Hurricane Season 6.5.17 - Pre-registering now for DSNAP can save residents time later, when gathering the required income information may be more difficult.


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