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DSS Support Enforcement Executive Director to Lead National Organization 07.23.09 - The Executive Director of the Department of Children & Family Services’ (DSS) Support Enforcement Services (SES) has been elected to lead a national organization of child support directors. Robbie Endris will serve as president of the National Council of Child Support Directors (NCCSD) for the 2009-2010 term, which begins October 1. Endris was elected during the organization’s annual meeting, held in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, in June. She served as the NCCSD Vice-President in 2008-2009. DSS Encouraged by USDA Comments on the use of Food Stamps at Farmer’s Markets 07.20.09 - Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services (DSS) Secretary Kristy Nichols was encouraged by comments made today by United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack regarding the use of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, or Food Stamps, to purchase fresh, local produce at area farmer’s markets.
Safe Haven Television Commercial Begins Statewide Run 07.14.090 - A television commercial promoting Louisiana’s Safe Haven law begins airing across the state today on network and cable stations. The commercials reiterate that, through the Safe Haven law, parents who choose not to use an adoption agency and feel they cannot care for their newborn can relinquish the baby up to 31-days-old at any hospital, police or fire station with no questions asked. "Most Wanted" Poster Features 18 who Owe $800,000 in Child Support 07.13.09 - The Department of Children & Family Services (DSS) today published its list of "Most Wanted," a list of non-custodial parents who have not paid child support in at least six months and who owe at least $10,000. The list, which is featured on a poster, contains each non-payor's photo, last known address, number of children and how much they owe, along with "WANTED" printed in bright red across the top.
Governor Jindal Signs Bill Increasing Louisiana’s In-State Emergency Shelter Capacity 07.07.09 - Today, Governor Bobby Jindal signed a bill into law that will increase Louisiana's in-state emergency shelter capacity. The new law - Senate Bill 279 by Senator Mike Walsworth - will allow facilities owned or leased by the state or local governments to be used as shelters during emergency evacuations. Former Class A Day Care Owner Pleads Guilty in Child Care Assistance Program Fraud Case 07.02.09 - A joint investigation by the Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services (DSS) Fraud & Recovery Section and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations (HHS-OIG-OI) has resulted in a former Louisiana day care operator pleading guilty to a charge of mail fraud.
DSS Extends Application Deadline for Innovation in Louisiana Government Fellowship to July 10 07.02.09 - The deadline for nominations and applications for the Innovation in Louisiana Government Fellowship, designed to foster leadership and innovation in social service delivery, has been extended to next Friday, July 10. DSS Revokes Wanda's Kid World License 07.02.09 - The Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services today revoked the child care license for Wanda's Kid World in Baton Rouge effective immediately after a full review found the center in violation of a number of child care standards involving safety.
DSS Considers Revocation of Child Care License 07.01.09 - The Child Care Licensing and Regulatory Section of the DSS Office of Family Support is considering the immediate and permanent revocation of the child care license for Wanda's Kid World based on today's tragedy. The DSS Office of Community Services is also investigating the matter. DSS Proposes New Standards to Protect Children in Custody 07.01.09 - Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services (DSS) Secretary Kristy Nichols today announced newly proposed licensing standards for child residential care facilities. The revised regulations are a result of a joint effort by DSS staff, child residential care providers and stakeholders to review the licensing process, which began at Nichols’ request in October 2008.
Louisiana’s First Neighborhood Place Opens in Sabine Parish 6.29.09 - Today representatives from five state departments joined Sabine Parish officials and community partners in Many for the grand opening of Neighborhood Place-South, the first Neighborhood Place to open in Louisiana. Louisiana Legislature Vote in Favor of DSS Legislative Package 06.26.09 - Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services Secretary (DSS) Kristy Nichols said that the passage of the nine bills in the agency's legislative package by the State Legislature reflects a commitment to Louisiana's families and will help protect children and ensure that children are cared for in safe and nurturing environments.
DSS Employee Receives Randolph-Sheppard Honor 06.26.09 - The Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of Louisiana recognized Paul Rabeaux, a Department of Children & Family Services (DSS) employee, for his outstanding service to individuals who are legally blind and visually impaired. Hot Weather, Unattended Vehicles Can Prove Deadly for Children 06.19.09 - With the official beginning of summer only days away and daily temperatures across Louisiana hovering in the mid to upper 90s, the Department of Children & Family Services (DSS) reminds parents of the deadly consequences of leaving a child unattended in a vehicle.
DSS Food Stamp Program Recognized With Award for Accuracy 06.18.09 - The Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services' Food Stamp Program recently received the Program Integrity Award for its commitment to payment accuracy at the 2009 Tri-Regional Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Conference. DSS had fewer errors in making payments to Food Stamp recipients, closing existing Food Stamp cases and denying Food Stamps to an applicant than any other state in the USDA's Food and Nutrition Services' (FNS) Southwest region.  


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