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DCFS Seeks Injunction Against Evasive Unlicensed Child Care in Orleans Parish 12.09.11 - After years of evading efforts to shut them down, the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has filed a temporary restraining order and will seek a permanent injunction against Annette Osborne Willis and Latasha Poole for operating an unlicensed child care facility in Orleans Parish. Inspectors recently found 40 children in a small residence with insufficient space, unsafe sleeping arrangements and inadequate supervision. DCFS Antifraud GIS System Draws Attention of Texas Inspector General 12.01.11 - The Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) today hosted Texas Inspector General Douglas Wilson and other Texas officials, who traveled to Louisiana to see first-hand the agency's award-winning antifraud Geographic Information System (GIS) technology used to detect fraudulent activity in the state's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
DCFS Appeals Federal Decision Regarding Emergency Funds 11.23.11 - The Department of Children and Family Services today announced it has appealed a decision by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that denies the utilization of Deepwater Horizon oil spill expenditures to qualify for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Emergency Funds, and as a result, DCFS is reducing $7.1 million in expenditures. False Records, Inadequate Supervision Result in Loss of Baton Rouge Area Child Care License 11.22.11 - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has revoked the child care license of Children of the Future, a child care center in Baton Rouge, based on falsified attendance records and inadequate supervision.
DCFS Awarded $1.3 Million for Increasing Adoptions for Third Year in a Row 11.22.11 - To cap off Adoption Awareness Month, the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has been awarded more than $1.3 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the third year in a row. This award is given for increasing the number children in the state's foster care system that were placed into permanent adoptive homes. DCFS Reminds of Child Abuse Reporting Laws, Hotline 11.16.11 - With Governor Bobby Jindal's Executive Order today requiring higher education officials to report incidents of child abuse and neglect, the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) reminds mandated reporters and the public to report suspected child abuse or neglect by calling 1-855-4LA-KIDS.
DCFS Reminds Mandated Reporters, Public of Child Abuse Reporting Laws and Statewide Child Abuse Hotline 11.10.11 - While questions surround the responsible parties involved in the recent child abuse allegations at Penn State University, Louisiana's law is clear in listing who is considered a mandated reporter of child abuse and neglect. The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), reminds mandated reporters of their responsibility and that DCFS' statewide, toll-free child abuse hotline, 1-855-4LA-KIDS, is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for anyone to report suspected abuse or neglect. DCFS Kicks Off Adoption Awareness Month with Governor's Mansion Celebration 11.04.11 -- The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) celebrated the record 646 Louisiana Children who were adopted by 455 families over the past year at the 13th Annual Adoption Celebration at the Governor's Mansion on Friday afternoon.
DCFS Reduces Supplemental TANF Budget After Congress Fails to Renew Grant 11.04.11 -- As a result of the U.S. Congress not renewing the Supplemental Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Block Grant for Federal Fiscal Year 2012, the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) today announced $17 million in reductions to programs for this fiscal year. DCFS Investigations Lead to Arrests, Conviction for Assistance Fraud 11.4.11 - A Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) investigation has resulted in the arrest of four individuals in Webster, Caddo and East Baton Rouge parishes, along with an individual sentenced after pleading guilty. They are accused of defrauding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly called Food Stamps, of more than $40,000 by failing to report household members and by providing falsified verification in order to obtain ineligible benefits.
DCFS Revokes Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Shreveport Area Child Care Licenses 11.3.11 - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has issued three child care license revocation notices to Tiny Tots Learning Center, L.L.C. of Homer, R & L Learning Center of Avondale and Ms. Gerry's After School Service of Baker. DCFS Investigation Leads to Assistance Fraud Arrests in St. Tammany Parish 10.24.11 - A Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) investigation has resulted in the arrest of two St. Tammany Parish residents. They are accused of defrauding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly called Food Stamps, and the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) of more than $44,000 by failing to report household members and by providing falsified verification in order to obtain ineligible benefits.
DCFS Revokes Three Acadiana Child Care Licenses 10.20.11 - The Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) has issued three child care license revocation notices to Adventures In Learning Preschool and Kingz Kidz Learning Center in Lafayette for falsifying criminal background checks and to Ursula's Heavenly Angels Daycare in New Iberia for improper supervision. DCFS Announces State Not Pursuing Early Learning Challenge Grant 10.18.11 - Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) Secretary Ruth Johnson announced today that the state will not apply for the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant. DCFS is the lead fiscal agency for early childhood education.
DCFS Secretary Honored for Exceptional Contributions in State Government 10.04.11 -- The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) today honored Ruth Johnson, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, with the association's State Technology Innovator award. The honor was presented during NASCIO's 2011 Annual Conference in Denver.  


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