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  • Safe Haven Law provides safe, legal, alternative to abandonment Play Video

    December 26, 2016 5:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A newborn baby left in a garbage can in a Walmart bathroom is doing better and has been taken off oxygen, according to police in New Roads. The mother, 34-year-old Kyandrea Thomas is in jail, accused of giving birth and dumping her baby in the trash.... more »
  • Man charged with terrorizing after DCFS threats

    October 19, 2016 11:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE – A Baton Rouge man was charged with terrorizing after police said he made threats to shoot everyone in a Department of Children and Family Services office in September. According to arrest documents, 21-year-old Daniel Lewis became upset when he was not allowed to see his nephew... more »
  • Foster care worker who says she had to get things done 'no matter what' turns herself in

    February 17, 2016 9:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A state foster care caseworker who alluded to being told to lie about visiting children in the state's care to meet outrageous goals set by the Department of Children and Family Services turned herself in to police. In an arrest warrant, Kimberly Lee said she created... more »
  • La. foster care caseworker facing charges; says she had to get things done 'no matter what'

    February 15, 2016 1:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A state foster care caseworker alludes to being told to lie about visiting children in the state's care to meet outrageous goals set by the Department of Children and Family Services. In an arrest warrant, Kimberly Lee said she created false reports about home visits to... more »
  • Gov. Edwards fills out remaining cabinet secretary positions

    January 29, 2016 12:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's new governor has filled most of his remaining cabinet spots. Gov. John Bel Edwards named Marketa Garner Walters to lead the Department of Children and Family Services, the social services agency, and Thomas Harris to head the Department of Natural Resources. Walters was an... more »
  • Audit: State workers caught stealing food stamps Play Video

    December 23, 2015 8:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Allegations of an inside job at the Department of Children and Family Services surfaced Wednesday. Four employees stole $46,000 in food stamps over a seven year period, a legislative audit revealed. The report states less than $1,000 has been recovered and one of the employees is... more »
  • Two accused of locking child in feces-riddled room Play Video

    December 17, 2015 5:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Police accused a Baton Rouge couple for child cruelty after officers said they found a child locked in a room covered with bugs and feces Wednesday. Baton Rouge Police charged 36-year-old Kimberly Hall and 36-year-old Robert Martin with cruelty to juveniles Wednesday. Police said they... more »
  • State puts out call for more foster parents Play Video

    October 27, 2015 5:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State officials are asking more people to consider becoming foster parents to help find homes for a growing number of children in Louisiana's foster care system. Sheri Soper is a foster parent of two children. For her and her husband, being foster parents is the way... more »
  • Mother of five arrested for sex with underage boy

    August 19, 2015 2:05 PM

    WASHINGTON PARISH - A 34-year-old mother of five was arrested and her children taken by the Department of Family Services based on second time accusations that she had sex with an underage boy. Sheriff's deputies in Washington Parish say Rachel Marie Carrier was also accused of engaging in drug... more »
  • DCFS report on malnourished case plays blame game Play Video

    July 15, 2015 4:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Blame is shared among multiple levels of bureaucracy and private parties in a report released Wednesday related to an internal investigation about how the Department of Children and Family Services handled a case involving a malnourished, 15-year-old special needs child. Rose Holland was booked on child... more »
  • Review of DCFS welcomed by all after discovery of malnourished teen Play Video

    July 14, 2015 10:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Allegations are swirling that the Louisiana Department of Children and Family services may have ignored more cases, and the government agency is working to clear the air. Tuesday, State Representative Alfred Williams announced he has been contacted by fifteen people who feel their complaints to DCFS dealing... more »
  • DCFS: No prior evidence of abuse, neglect for 47-pound teen Play Video

    July 9, 2015 5:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A state lawmaker sent a letter demanding the Department of Children and Family Services investigate how they handled the case of a 15-year-old who was found only weighing 47 pounds this week in Baton Rouge. However, the agency's secretary said their case workers never found evidence... more »
  • EXCLUSIVE: Family blames state for not doing more for 47 lb teen Play Video

    July 8, 2015 11:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The aunt and a grandmother blame the state for a child's serious condition of neglect. Lavear Anderson, 15, was rescued from his mother's care early Wednesday morning. Authorities said he was severely malnourished and covered in cockroaches. Read the original story HERE. Etna Mitchell said... more »
  • Mother charged after toddler tests positive for cocaine

    June 30, 2015 5:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a Baton Rouge mother after they said doctors found high levels of cocaine in her 3-year-old child this week. Police charged 25-year-old Megan Gaylord with cruelty to a juvenile on Monday after her child was taken to a hospital by the Department of Children... more »
  • Some SNAP clients may receive food replacement following power outages

    May 4, 2015 7:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Due to last Monday's severe storms and the widespread power outages that followed in Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas, some households that receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits may be eligible for replacement of lost food. To be eligible for replacement of a portion of... more »
  • Mother accused of punching 8-year-old son

    January 22, 2015 4:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies accused an East Baton Rouge woman of punching her child in the mouth hard enough to split their lip. Deputies charged 27-year-old Tonisha Montague with cruelty to juveniles after her arrest Wednesday. Detectives said a state Child and Family Services worker was called... more »
  • State warns of reported phony 'rebate' scam

    December 11, 2014 3:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services is warning the public of a potential scam that has been reported in the Lafayette area involving phony offers for discount store rebate cards. The con artists aim to trick people into providing credit card information. A news release... more »
  • Jindal holds meeting to discuss Ebola preparedness

    October 1, 2014 2:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal held a meeting Wednesday to gather updates from state agencies to ensure the state is prepared if a case of Ebola were to be confirmed in Louisiana. The governor said it is important to note that there are no known cases of Ebola... more »
  • Deputies accuse 3 of food stamp fraud

    August 7, 2014 4:42 PM

    SLIDELL - Sheriff's deputies in St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office said they arrested three people accused of unauthorized use of food stamps after an investigation by the state Department of Children and Family Services. Each of the suspects concealed information about their household during the application process in order... more »
  • State Civil Service to hold Aug. 6 career fair

    July 28, 2014 4:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Several state agencies will be represented at a targeted career fair hosted by the Louisiana Department of State Civil Service next Wednesday. The Department of Children and Family Services, the Department of Corrections, Eastern LA Mental Health System, the Department of Public Safety, the Office of... more »
  • DCFS: Changes in place to stop payments to deceased Play Video

    July 7, 2014 5:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Children and Family Services is feeling the heat today after an audit uncovered a lot of money being spent by people it wasn't intended for. Over a four-year period the department paid out food stamp benefits to dead people, and the price tag... more »
  • SNAP cards went to dead people, according to audit

    July 7, 2014 11:36 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A state audit has found that about $1.3 million in federal food card benefits were used after the legal benefit recipients had died. The audit looked at Louisiana Purchase food cards assigned to one-person households during the four years ending June 30, 2013. It found that 3,938... more »
  • Another DCFS auditor pleads guilty

    June 20, 2014 6:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A second auditor from the Louisiana Department of Children Family Services has pleaded guilty in a fraud case that bilked the department of thousands in federal funds. U.S. Attorney Walt Green said Friday in a news release that 38-year-old Kaneasha Goston, of Baton Rouge, pleaded guilty Thursday... more »
  • DCFS announces increased domestic violence funding

    June 17, 2014 4:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Children and Family Services announced increased funding Tuesday for more than a dozen domestic violence programs across the state, including in Baton Rouge. One provider is expanding to Shreveport and Natchitoches to provide more opportunities for safe refuges during disasters, help individuals and... more »
  • Third DCFS auditor faces federal fraud charges

    June 12, 2014 3:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The U.S. Attorney's Office in Baton Rouge said a third DCFS auditor has been charged with federal program fraud on Thursday. Corey Polk, 33, allegedly signed off on fraudulent reimbursement requests and split the money with his supervisor. Polk is also accused of the fraudulent... more »
  • Local women among 15 sentenced for DCFS fraud

    June 9, 2014 12:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Individuals from Denham Springs and New Roads were among the 15 convicted of receiving more than $116,000 in ineligible benefits after an investigation by the Department of Children and Family Services. All of the convicted individuals were charged with falsely reporting household composition or income to... more »
  • Five accused of hurricane benefits fraud

    June 6, 2014 11:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies arrested five people recently who are accused of using dead relatives or other false information to get public assistance following Hurricane Isaac in 2012. East Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputies arrested 27-year-old Sarah Sonnier of Baton Rouge, 57-year-old Louvanna Pope of Baker, 55-year-old Juanita Russell... more »
  • Law setting new welfare limits nears passage

    June 2, 2014 11:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State law will prohibit Louisiana's welfare recipients from spending their federal assistance at jewelry stores, lingerie shops, tattoo parlors and nail salons. The House and Senate gave final passage Monday to a bill by Hammond Rep. Chris Broadwater, a Republican, that codifies rules that were put in... more »
  • Second DCFS auditor faces federal theft charges

    May 30, 2014 4:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The U. S. Attorney's Office in Baton Rouge filed theft charges Friday against a second auditor from the Department of Children and Family Services. Federal prosecutors claimed in a bill of information that Kaneasha Goston, 38, worked with former DCFS audit director Delrice Augustus to swindle... more »
  • DCFS worker pleads guilty to charges of theft

    May 28, 2014 3:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - United States Attorney Walt Green announced a Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) auditor pleaded guilty to charges of theft from a federally-funded entity on Wednesday morning. State Police arrested 34-year-old Delrice J. Augustus in March after an investigation showed he used a state-issued... more »
  • La. child support system down, may return Friday

    May 22, 2014 12:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's child support system has been offline since Tuesday, according to state officials who said they're working 24/7 to fix the problem. A spokesperson with the Department of Children and Family Services said problems arose mid-day Tuesday during routine system maintenance and upgrades. People who... more »
  • State EBT card system to be tested

    May 8, 2014 12:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Children & Family Services said Thursday retailers should not expect any impact from an upcoming multi-state test of Xerox's EBT card system. DCFS, who contracts with Xerox to distribute benefits for SNAP and other benefits, said that the tests are not expected to... more »
  • DCFS faces scrutiny over effectiveness Play Video

    April 14, 2014 5:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The effectiveness of the Department of Children and Family Services is a point of concern for the legislative auditor. When it comes to investigating and removing at-risk children from dangerous environments, Children and Family Services takes charge. "They have to get to know the families.... more »
  • Auditor questions state child protection services

    April 14, 2014 10:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An audit finds the state agency charged with protecting children in abuse and neglect situations has fewer workers, more cases and has failed to follow its own policies. The Louisiana Legislative Auditor released the report early Monday. The state Department of Children and Family Services, called DCFS,... more »
  • Federal charges added for DCFS director

    April 9, 2014 1:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Justice filed federal charges today against a DCFS audit director already facing state-level charges he misused department funds. U. S. Attorney Walt Green filed a bill of information to charge Delrice Augustus with federal program fraud. If convicted, he faces up to 10... more »
  • DCFS "Most Wanted" owe $866,000 in child support

    November 13, 2013 10:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Children and Family Services released a list of 18 parents today that owe nearly $866,000 in child support, calling them the state's "Most Wanted." The list includes non-custodial parents who owe at least $20,000 in child support and haven't paid in at least... more »
  • DCFS to start food stamp disqualifications Play Video

    November 6, 2013 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Department of Children and Family Services announced today they will start disqualification procedures for people who misused the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps, during a recent outage. The state said people who overspent their EBT balance or bought items when they weren't... more »
  • EBT cards return to service, some with no limit Play Video

    October 12, 2013 11:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People in Donaldsonville reported they could use their EBT cards without the usual limit that is allowed on the cards. Saturday evening it prompted a major chain store to shutdown an hour and a half early. Ascension Parish Sheriff Deputies were called to the scene to... more »
  • Child Services agency receives $8M incentive

    August 21, 2013 7:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Department of Children & Family Services received about $8 million in federal money to improve child support collections as part of a federal Child Support Enforcement Incentive award. The incentive to improve collection of back child support payments was increased from previous fiscal years.... more »
  • Women's shelters hard-hit by state budget cuts Play Video

    January 4, 2013 6:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Last week Governor Jindal cut the Department of Children and Family Services by more than 20 percent. Now those cuts are trickling down to domestic violence shelters. "I felt like I had been kicked. It's such a devastating feeling," said Audrey Wascome, the interim director for... more »

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