DCFS reminds public about Louisiana's Safe Haven law after infant left in trash can
Posted on 12/24/2016 12:01:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting. 
Officials in Pointe Coupee Parish say a woman gave birth in a Wal Mart bathroom in New Roads, then left the infant in the trash can. Department of Children and Family Services Deputy Director Terri Ricks wants the public to know that no mother has to take such desperate measures, because of Louisiana's Safe Haven Law.
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Plans underway to determine temporary housing for flood victims
Posted on 8/18/2016 11:23:00 AM.

The Department of Children and Family Services says as of Thursday, there are over 4,000 flood victims still in shelters. Deputy Secretary Terri Ricks says some people moved to different locations once the water receded and the power came back on.
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AG Landry investigates BR mom who whipped children after they robbed house
Posted on 6/27/2016 4:34:00 AM.

Attorney General Jeff Landry says his office is looking into the case of the Baton Rouge mother who was arrested for whipping her children with an electrical cord after they were caught robbing a neighbor’s house. Landry says he wants to make sure the investigation is handled properly.
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DCFS warns parents about leaving their child in hot vehicles
Posted on 6/8/2016 6:47:00 PM.

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services is urging parents to take steps not to forget young children in a vehicle during these hot summer months. The warning is in response to Baton Rouge Police arresting a 31-year-old father whose 8-month-old daughter died after he accidentally left her in the car for two hours Wednesday.More

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DCFS: Number of substance-exposed babies born has tripled since 2008
Posted on 6/2/2016 3:06:00 AM.

According to the Department of Children and Family Services, the number of babies born addicted to drugs has tripled since 2008, as there were almost 15-hundred substance-exposed babies born in 2015. DCFS Regional Administrator Michelle Faust says that’s due in part to hospitals doing a better job of reporting these cases, and also because more people are addicts.
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DCFS leader says agency can't take any more cuts
Posted on 2/18/2016 11:00:00 AM.

The secretary of the Department of Children and Family Services tells legislators her department is in need of resources to care for the more than four-thousand children in foster care in Louisiana. Marketa Garner Walters spoke to the House of Appropriations about the $10.9 million hole in the DCFS budget. Garner says there is a shortage of foster homes.
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DCFS searching for more foster families
Posted on 10/28/2015 1:28:00 AM.

The Department of Children and Family Services is starting a statewide campaign to recruit more, desperately needed foster parents. Secretary Suzy Sonnier says fostering is a temporary situation with a permanent impact. She says there are about 48-hundred children in foster care.
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DCFS announces changes in food assistance program
Posted on 10/1/2015 3:14:00 PM.
The Department of Children and Family Services announces changes to the food assistance program to encourage able-bodied recipients without children to move into the workforce.  Secretary Suzy Sonnier says a federal waiver was allowed to expire that creates changes in an able-bodied person's SNAP eligibility.
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DCFS: Be cautious with children around fireworks
Posted on 7/3/2015 12:36:00 PM.
The Department of Children and Family Services is urging parents and caregivers to be careful with fireworks around children during this weekend’s festivities. DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier says that although fireworks can be beautiful, adults need to be aware of the danger to children. 
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Peterson opens discussion on disciplining children
Posted on 9/16/2014 5:05:00 AM.
The recent indictment of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson on child abuse charges has opened a nationwide discussion on disciplining children with corporal punishment.  Peterson allegedly used a switch, a tree branch stripped of its leaves, on his son reportedly causing multiple injuries to the child.  

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