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

Supporting the Educational Needs of Students in Foster Care: Laws and Services

Children and youth in foster care represent one of the most vulnerable student subgroups in the country. Studies find that children in foster care are much more likely to struggle academically and fall behind in school than their peers. As … Read More

Legislative Updates for Child Welfare Stakeholders

It is important for child welfare stakeholders to be up to date on changes to law and policy that affect Child in Need of Care (CINC) cases. The 2023 Legislative Session did not see as many changes to Louisiana Children’s … Read More

 Family Time (Visitation) in Child of Need Care Cases

When appropriate for children, frequent family time can help maintain healthy connections and lessen the negative impact of separation for both the child and the family. The phrase “family time” is utilized based on the premise that the term “visitation” … Read More

The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC)

The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) is an agreement among all 50 States, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands for the movement and safe placement of children between states when the children are sent out-of-state for … Read More

Children Without Immigration Status

Immigration status is an integral part of a Child in Need of Care (CINC) case for children who have no status. As stakeholders, it is important for us to understand the reasons children without immigration status are in our state … Read More