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

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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 2023. First elected to serve as judge in 1994, he has been praised for proactive, trauma-informed approaches to handling the adversities facing Louisiana families. 

Secretary Matlock is excited and optimistic about his new position. As a former juvenile judge, he brings a unique perspective to the role—understanding the court side of the child welfare system. He is concerned about the DCFS attrition rates, especially at the local level, and the high caseloads carried by DCFS workers. His priorities include focusing on supporting judges, addressing DCFS workforce issues, and addressing the shortage of foster homes. Please join us for this special CIP Café and opportunity to hear directly from the new head of DCFS.


  • Be introduced to the new Secretary for the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).
  • Understand the current DCFS priorities applicable to child welfare and legal stakeholders.
  • Learn about the planned strategies the agency will use and collaboration opportunities for child welfare partners.