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Statewide Child Support Round Up Hailed as a Success 12.15.08 - The Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services collected or accounted for more than $122,000 in child support payments during an annual one-day round up of parents chronically delinquent in meeting their child support obligations. A total of 97 arrests yielded $85,252.56 in payments. Another two cases totaling $36,979.88 were able to be closed. Governor Jindal Names Kristy Nichols DSS Secretary 12.10.08 - Today, Governor Bobby Jindal named Interim Director of Social Services Kristy Nichols as the Secretary of the Department of Children & Family Services (DSS). Nichols was appointed interim director of the agency on September 15, 2008 upon the resignation of Ann Williams. Nichols’ appointment will be effective on Monday, December 15.
Department of Children & Family Services Awards Child Care Rebuilding Grants 11.17.08 - The Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services has awarded $10 million in federal grants to nine child-care providers in South Louisiana to help rebuild an industry in regions still reeling from hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Lalonde Retires After Half Century With DSS 11.13.08 - When Vivian Lalonde started her career with the Department of Children & Family Services (DSS), Office of Community Services (OCS), President Eisenhower was in office, the price of oil was $3 per barrel and the U.S. Supreme Court had just ruled that Little Rock schools should integrate. Lalonde, 69, of Arnaudville is retiring on Nov. 13 after celebrating 50 years with OCS.
USDA Denies Request for Extra Month of Disaster Food Stamp Benefits 11.12.08 - The Department of Children & Family Services today announced the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services had denied Louisiana’s request to issue a second month of Disaster Food Stamp benefits to residents in the following 13 parishes: Acadia, Allen, Beauregard, Jefferson Davis, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Sabine, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Vernon. DSS Ceremony Celebrates Adoptive Families, Advocates 11.07.08 - The Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services kicked off November as Adoption Awareness Month in Louisiana by celebrating 433 families who made adoptive commitments to 597 children this year at the Office of Community Services' 10th Annual Adoption Reception Celebration held today at the Governor's Mansion.
DSS Announces Residential Care Reform 10.31.08 - Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services (DSS) Interim Secretary Kristy Nichols today announced steps that will be taken over the next 90 days to reform child residential care in Louisiana, making sure that children in these facilities are in a safe environment and that a continuity of care exists with licensed facilities. Job Fair for those with Disabilities Slated for Houma Thursday 10.29.08 - As part of National Disability Awareness Month, Louisiana Rehabilitation Services will help host a job fair in Houma on Thursday, Oct. 30 to help bridge the needs of the business community with the employment needs of citizens with disabilities who are job-ready and looking for work. The event will be at Evergreen Cajun Center, 4694 West Main Street from 8 a.m. until noon.
State Promotes Microenterprise Program As Tool-kit For Poverty Reduction And Economic Growth 10.29.08 - The Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services (DSS) and Louisiana Economic Development (DED) will hold a joint business fair and graduation ceremony honoring the 40 newest entrepreneurs to complete the state’s Microenterprise Development program from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at the BREC Garden Center, 7950 Independence Blvd. in Baton Rouge. Randolph Sheppard Vendors Honor Two DSS Employees 10.2408 - The Randolph Sheppard Vendors of Louisiana has recognized Parris Taylor and Kevin Monk, two Department of Children & Family Services (DSS) employees, for their outstanding service to individuals who are legally blind and visually impaired.
DSS Interim Secretary Announces Three Appointments: Executive Counsel, Communications Director, Legislative Director 10.24.08 - Department of Children & Family Services (DSS) Interim Secretary Kristy Nichols today announced three key appointments in the Office of the Secretary: Amy Colby as executive counsel, Trey Williams as communications director and strategic advisor, and Courtney Baker as legislative director. USDA Approves DSS for Extra Month DFSP Benefits in Seven Parishes 10.2208 - While the Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services (DSS) received confirmation today that seven parishes -- Calcasieu, Cameron, Iberia, Jefferson, St. Mary, Terrebonne and Vermilion -- have been approved by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for a second month of disaster food stamps, Interim Secretary Kristy Nichols said that DSS will continue to push the federal government to qualify those remaining parishes most in need that were affected by Hurricane Ike.
Job Fair for those with Disabilities Slated for Baton Rouge Wednesday 10.21.08 - As part of National Disability Awareness Month, Louisiana Rehabilitation Services will help host a job fair in Baton Rouge on Wednesday, Oct. 22 to help bridge the needs of the business community with the employment needs of citizens with disabilities who are job ready and looking for work. The event will be at Louisiana Technical College, 3250 N. Acadian Thruway from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. DSS Invests Federal Award to Replace Outdated DFSP Technology 10.17.08 - The Department of Children & Family Services today announced it will upgrade its Disaster Food Stamp technology system by dedicating $1 million in bonus money received from a federal award in the regular Food Stamp program.
Job Fair for those with Disabilities Slated for West Monroe on Wednesday 10.14.08 - As part of National Disability Awareness Month, Louisiana Rehabilitation Services will help host a job fair in Baton Rouge on Wednesday, Oct. 22 to help bridge the needs of the business community with the employment needs of citizens with disabilities who are jobready and looking for work. The event will be at Louisiana Technical College, 3250 N. Acadian Thruway from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.  


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