Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services

  • Agency: Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services
  • Address: 627 N. Fourth St, Baton Rouge, 70802 LA
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Phone: 888-524-3578
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Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services is located at 627 N. Fourth St, Baton Rouge, 70802 LA. The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services phone number is 888-524-3578.

Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services News

We have such a generous, fun-loving staff. To mark Red Nose Day, DCFS staff challenged each other to don red noses and raise money to help fight child poverty. Staff in South La. Child Support Enforcement offices and Economic Stability offices in the Lake Charles Region participated in the national fundraising event, May 24. Find out more about #RedNoseDay: https://home.rednoseday.org/what-is-red-nose-day

National Foster Care Month gives us an opportunity each year to officially recognize and honor the many foster parents who play such a crucial role in the lives of the children in our care. Each May, we hold events throughout the state, like this one held in Covington earlier this month, to do just that. To all our foster parents, we say THANK YOU for all you do! And to anyone who might be interested in becoming a foster parent, we invite you to visit our Foster Parenting page at http://www.dcfs.la.gov/foster to learn more about the requirements and find an orientation meeting near you. #NFCM2018 #fostercare #FosterCareMonth

#FosterCareMonth Feature Partner -- First Baptist Church of Baton Rouge FBC sponsors a foster care supply closet at located at our Baton Rouge Regional Office located at 160 South Ardenwood Drive. The supply closet includes clothing, infant supplies, bedding, and toiletries. FBC also assists with individual needs of children on an “as needed” basis and provides meeting space for DCFS-sponsored meetings. http://www.fbcbr.com/ #NFCM2018 #LouisianaFosters

#FosterCareMonth Feature Partner -- Louisiana Baptist Children's Home and Family Ministries LBCH is a faith-based organization dedicated to providing love, care, and hope in Christ to children and families in need. - Statewide recruitment and support of foster families; - Complete home studies for foster parent applicants; - Professional training for DCFS staff and foster parents; - Community activities for foster families. http://www.lbch.org/ ... http://www.connect127.org/ #NFCM2018 #LouisianaFosters Connect 1:27

DCFS Launches New Foster Parent Recruitment Campaign during Foster Care Month

Our #FosterCareMonth feature partner One Heart NOLA is a volunteer operation that works to satisfy the needs of Louisiana foster children. - Provides resources such as clothes, furniture, bedding; - Covers senior year expenses, such as class rings; - Provides computers for foster youth attending college; - Assists with funding for special needs activities; - Provides snacks for former foster children at DCFS offices. http://www.oneheartnola.com/ #NFCM2018 #LouisianaFosters

Helping to fight hunger in your community may be as easy as putting non-perishable food items by your mailbox! Tomorrow (Saturday, May 12) is the 26th annual National Association of Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, the largest one-day food drive in the nation. Held each year on the second Saturday in May, the drive collected more than 11 million pounds of food through more than 220 NALC branches during its first year in 1993. In 2010, the food drive surpassed the 1 billion-pound mark in total food collected over its history! Call your local post office to see if they're participating. Contact information for USPS locations can be found here: https://tools.usps.com/go/POLocatorAction%21input.action For more information about the food drive, visit www.stampouthungerfooddrive.us.

Throughout Foster Care Month, we're highlighting the many partners who wrap their arms around Louisiana's children and youth in foster care, as well as the families who take care of them. Today, we feature Geaux Bags, which provides foster children and youth with a bag of essential and comfort items to make the first night in foster care a little bit easier. The organization held its third annual "May the Fourth be With You" fundraiser last week. Thank you, Geaux Bags and K.C. Kilpatrick, for all you do for our children and youth! And thank you to all of the many individuals and organizations who make Geaux Bags possible. Learn more about Geaux Bags: http://www.geauxbags.org #LouisianaFosters K.C. Kilpatrick

DCFS Secretary Marketa Garner Walters is joining Governor John Bel Edwards, First Lady Donna Edwards, Father Jeff Bayhi, Senator Ronnie Johns and advocates from Louisiana and around the world in Zachary for the first global conference to fight human trafficking. http://www.wafb.com/story/38133803/governor-others-host-international-effort-to-eradicate-human-trafficking According to the latest DCFS annual report, there were 681 cases of adult and juvenile human trafficking cases reported in Louisiana in 2017. Find out more: http://www.dcfs.la.gov/index.cfm?md=newsroom&tmp=detail&articleID=867 Ronnie Johns, State Senator

May is National Foster Care Month, a month set aside to acknowledge foster parents, family members, volunteers, mentors, policymakers, child welfare professionals, and other members of the community who help children and youth in foster care find permanent homes and connections.

How powerful love is. Thank you for sharing, Britney Glaser KPLC!

This Thursday, Crossroads NOLA is offering free trauma-informed training for foster parents! Some of the most important work foster parents do is connecting to the children in their care. Because these children have experienced trauma in one way or another, they need to be parented with trauma in mind. Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) is a parenting strategy developed by the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development, designed to promote health and healing for children from hard places. The training session will be simulcast to the following locations at 9-11 a.m., Thursday, May 3rd: - Baton Rouge (Region 2): Crosspoint Baptist Church, 14965 Airline Hwy - Covington/Mandeville (Region 3): First Baptist Mandeville, 1895 US 190 - Lake Charles (Region 6): Trinity Baptist Church, 1800 Country Club Rd - Monroe (Region 9): LBCH: Rucker Austin Center, 7200 Desiard St. Registration is required. Please register here: www.crossroadsnola.org/simulcast. The training is good for 2 hours of in-service training credits for foster families.

As #ChildAbusePreventionMonth draws to a close, we recognize the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (CASA). Together with DCFS and 17 local member programs, Louisiana CASA supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy so every abused or neglected child in Louisiana can be safe and have an opportunity to thrive. #GreatChildhoods Capital Area CASA CASA Jefferson, Inc. CASA New Orleans CASA of Central Louisiana, Inc. CASA of Lafourche The Center for Children and Families, Inc. Plaquemines Community CARE Centers Foundation, Inc. CASA of SoLA (South Louisiana) CASA of St. Landry-Evangeline, Inc CASA of Terrebonne CASA of the 16th JDC Inc. CASA West CenLa Family & Youth Child Advocacy Services CASA and CAC Children's Advocacy Network Volunteers for Youth Justice Youth Service Bureau National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association

DCFS is a proud supporter of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Information Center of Louisiana, whose annual conference took place today in Baton Rouge. Are you a grandparent raising grandchildren? Find resources: www.lagrg.org and www.dcfs.la.gov/grandchildren

DCFS is proud to partner with HP Serve and to celebrate youth at HP Serve Gala 2018. Such amazing work with our city’s youth! http://hpserve.org

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, when people across the country come together to show their support for nurturing families who provide happy, healthy childhoods. At DCFS, we help children by strengthening families. We have open positions for people who want to make a difference in our communities. #GreatChildhoods #ChildAbusePreventionMonth Current Opportunities -- http://bit.ly/2JbTTnp

In April, DCFS joins Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana, in its Pinwheel for Prevention campaign, to call attention to #ChildAbusePreventionMonth. The pinwheel is the campaign symbol, and this year, PCAL is urging partners to #PassthePinwheel to those in their communities who are helping prevent child abuse by making a difference in the lives of children and families. DCFS Secretary Marketa Walters passed pinwheels to legislators at the Capitol to thank them for their support for Louisiana's children and families. We salute all of our partners for building brighter futures for children. Louisiana House of Representatives

The message of #ChildAbusePreventionMonth is simple: We ALL have a role to play in ensuring #GreatChildhoods for Louisiana's children! Our DCFS team is dedicated to strengthening families by promoting protective factors like social-emotional competence of children; parenting and child development knowledge; resilience; social connections; and concrete supports to help parents meet their basic needs and focus on their role as parents. So this week, Secretary Marketa Garner Walters and Deputy Secretary Terri Ricks gave "Pinwheels for Prevention" to each of our Baton Rouge offices for Child Welfare, Child Support Enforcement, Economic Stability and Disability Determination Services. #PassThePinwheel Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana

This Friday and Saturday, the Louisiana Baptist Children's Home and Family Ministries and Crossroads NOLA will offer a free simulcast of the 2-day Empowered to Connect Conference, presented annually by Show Hope and the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University. The conference, being offered at 5 locations throughout the state, is a great resource on Trust-Based Relational Intervention for counselors, social workers, foster parents, adoptive parents or anyone wanting to better understand the effects of trauma and helping children heal from trauma. The locations where the simulcast will be offered are: * New Orleans: First Baptist New Orleans, 5290 Canal Blvd. * Baton Rouge: First Baptist Baton Rouge, 529 Convention St. * Pineville/Alexandria: Alpine First Baptist Church, 7215 Shreveport Hwy. * Monroe/West Monroe: First Baptist Church West Monroe, 311 Mill St. * Shreveport: Broadmoor Baptist Church, 4110 Youree Dr. Online registration has been extended through tomorrow! Registration is free, but professionals seeking CEUs must pay a fee for their CEUs. Register Here: * New Orleans - https://bit.ly/2HdWQWZ * All Other Louisiana Locations - https://bit.ly/2EBeChH

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month Strong, nurturing communities that are supportive of families can get involved and play a role in preventing child abuse and neglect. https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/preventionmonth/

We were honored to join Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana today to formally kick off #ChildAbusePreventionMonth at the Governor's Mansion. Thank you, First Lady Donna Edwards and Governor John Bel Edwards, for hosting the event and for your continued support of Louisiana's children and families. Throughout Louisiana in April, PCAL and other child advocates will #PassthePinwheel to those in their communities who do their part daily to strengthen children and enrich lives. Learn more at https://pcal.org/programs/pinwheels-for-prevention/