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  • 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 »
  • State deploys DCFS team to NJ to help with Sandy

    November 13, 2012 3:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A team of three emergency responders from the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services has traveled to New Jersey to help officials there with their sheltering mission following Hurricane Sandy. The team will remain in New Jersey to provide technical support and advice as long as... more »
  • EBR DSNAP locations only open five days

    September 24, 2012 2:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People applying for disaster food aid in East Baton Rouge Parish have fewer days to do so than other parishes. According to the Department of Children and Family Services, DSNAP locations in the parish will only be open for five days this week. Other parishes have... more »
  • State investigating daycare for fraud Play Video

    November 29, 2011 6:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Children of the Future Daycare is two days away from losing its license, and under investigation by the Department of Children and Family Services for fraud. DCFS said it plans to revoke the license because there were too few workers present when children were there. At... more »
  • Baker daycare to be shut down

    November 4, 2011 5:17 PM

    BAKER - Ms. Gerry's After-School Service has until the end of the day Monday to appeal the state's decision to pull its license. The Department of Children and Family Services plans to shut the daycare down because it found licensing regulations like child-to-staff ratios broken repeatedly. In one... more »
  • Deadbeat parents on "Most Wanted" list

    September 1, 2011 5:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services has released its new "Most Wanted" list of deadbeat parents. It shows 18 people who owe a combined $945 thousand dollars in back child support payments. The posters include things like a picture, the last known address and how... more »
  • Search database naming child-support offenders up-and-running

    August 29, 2011 10:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Deadbeat parents in Louisiana owe more than $1 billion and the state wants you to help find them to pay that debt. The Department of Children and Family Services made it easier Monday to click through the names. Instead of downloading a special file, all the information... more »
  • State launches web service to find deadbeat parents

    August 29, 2011 5:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Children and Family Services launched a new website today to help find parents who owe child support. The site gives access to the 53,000 delinquet parents by first or last name, city, amount owed and parish where their court-ordered support was established. ... more »
  • BREC fights to keep after school programs

    August 25, 2010 7:03 PM

    Hundreds of families in the Baton Rouge area could be left without anywhere for their children to go after school. It comes after the Department of Children and Family Services ordered BREC to meet the same standards for licensed childcare centers. DCFS requires a license for any facility that keeps... more »

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