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Phone Line Set Up for Families Trying to Locate Ida Survivors in State Shelters
September 04, 2021
The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is launching “Connect,” a way for families to locate loved ones who evacuated from Hurricane Ida to a state shelter.
Louisiana Receives Waiver to Allow Purchase of “Hot Foods” with SNAP, P-EBT Benefits After Hurricane Ida
August 31, 2021
Louisiana participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can use their benefits to purchase “hot” or prepared foods through September 28, 2021, following a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).
DCFS Child Support Awarded $1 Million Grant for Responsible Parenting Program
August 25, 2021
08.25.2021 - The DCFS Child Support Enforcement (CSE) program has been awarded a grant of $998,778 for a new initiative to improve the overall achievement of the state's youth by educating them on the financial, legal and emotional responsibilities of parenthood.
DCFS Opens New Office in DeSoto Parish for Child Welfare, Economic Stability
August 09, 2021
The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is opening a new office in DeSoto Parish for Child Welfare and Economic Stability services. The office, located at 104 Crosby Street in Mansfield, is open to clients beginning today, Monday, August 9.
Louisiana Increases Foster Care Board Rate for First Time Since 2007
July 28, 2021
07.28.2021 - For the first time in more than a decade, Louisiana's foster caregivers will receive an increase in the monthly board rate that provides financial support for the care of children and youth in the State's custody.
Summer P-EBT Coming Soon to Louisiana K-12 Students
July 27, 2021
07.27.2021 - DCFS received federal approval to extend the state's P-EBT program to cover the summer months.
DCFS Encouraging Parents to Sign Up for Free or Reduced-Price Lunches before July 30 to be Eligible for Summer P-EBT
July 19, 2021
In anticipation of federal approval of Louisiana's Summer Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) program, the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and the Louisiana Department of Education are asking parents who qualify for, but do not currently receive, free or reduced-price lunches to apply for those benefits with their schools or school districts by Friday, July 30, 2021.
DSNAP Approved for Certain ZIP Codes in Five Parishes Affected by May Flooding
June 17, 2021
The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) received federal approval to begin virtual Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) operations for impacted ZIP codes of five parishes affected by severe storms, flooding and tornadoes on May 17-21, 2021. The DSNAP applications for those impacted will be accepted from Monday, June 21, to Friday, June 25, 2021.
Make pre-registering for DSNAP or updating DSNAP pre-registration part of hurricane preparedness game plan
June 01, 2021
As the 2021 hurricane season begins, the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) encourages residents to prepare by pre-registering online for Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) benefits or updating their information, if necessary.
Second Round of Pandemic EBT Benefits Coming to Eligible Louisiana Children
May 11, 2021
5.11.2021 - DCFS has received federal approval to distribute a second round of Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits to eligible families. P-EBT benefits will start rolling out in the summer to qualifying households with children in grades K-12 (including pre-K students in public and some private schools).