Pathways to Permanency: Relative/Kin Certification and Guardianship

Timely permanency improves outcomes for children and families. Efficient completion of relative and kin certification and a permanent plan of legal guardianship may allow for the achievement of more timely permanency for children in the Department of Children and Family … Read More

Faces Behind the Files: Lived Experience within the Child Welfare System Faces Behind the Files

The directives that states are receiving from the federal Children’s Bureau emphasize engaging persons who have lived experience with a Child in Need of Care case including parents and children or youth. Persons who have first-hand contact with the Department … Read More

The Federal Child & Family Services Review (CFSR) of Louisiana:What You Should Know About It and Why It Is Important

Louisiana is about to undergo a federal review designed to help states enhance child welfare services and improve outcomes for families and children in the areas of safety, permanency, and well-being. The Children’s Bureau, part of the U.S. Department of … Read More

Introduction To The Department Of Children And Family Services Secretary David N. Matlock

David N. Matlock was appointed Secretary of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) on January 8, 2024. Secretary Matlock previously served as Chief Judge of the Juvenile Court for Caddo Parish from 1999 until his retirement in June … Read More

Families in Need of Services(FINS): Families Learning to Help Themselves

Agenda:                                  12:00 – 12:30pm   Informal FINS Background, Purpose, Grounds, and Examples 12:30 – 12:50pm   Formal FINS Background, Purpose, Grounds, and Examples 12:50 – 1:00pm     Questions and Discussion Objectives: Speakers This training is free and is designed for all judges, private adoption attorneys, … Read More

Disparities and Disproportionality in Child Welfare

Research by national organizations has consistently shown a connection between placement stability and time to permanency. Research also indicates that black children are more likely than white children to experience delays in permanency, especially with multiple placement changes during out-of-home … Read More

Legislation And Service Provision For Child Sex Trafficking Victims In Louisiana

Act 662, which went into effect on January 1st, 2023, requires all suspected and confirmed cases of child sex trafficking to be reported through the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) child abuse/neglect hotline. In addition, the legislation mandates … Read More