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  • Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services

    Link to the website of the state agency that runs these programs: food stamps, welfare, kinship care subsidies, foster care, child support, disability rehabilitation, and more. Content Detail

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    Louisiana Department of Social Services (now Department of Children and Family Services)
  • An Introduction to Foster Care

    See this video to learn more about foster care. Content Detail

    By:
    Children's Law Committee, Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Child Custody and Grandparents PDF

    See this handout to find out more about special issues related to child custody and grandparents. Content Detail

    By:
    Acadiana Legal Service Corporation
  • Child Welfare Services in Louisiana

    Find out about adoption, protection from abuse and neglect, and foster care. Content Detail

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    Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services
  • Foster Parenting

    Information and resources about being a foster parent, about children who need foster homes, certification and support resources. Content Detail

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    Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services
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    Spanish / Español
  • Louisiana Clearinghouse for Missing and Exploited Children

    From the DCFS site: "The Louisiana Clearinghouse for Missing and Exploited Children is the central repository of information about missing and exploited children in Louisiana. As of August 15, 2011, the Clearinghouse has been moved to the Louisiana State Polic[e] Fusion Center. In 2008, 93 children returned to their homes with the help of the Louisiana Clearinghouse for Missing and Exploited Children (LACMEC). LACMEC assisted with 207 cases, including 148 runaways. Of those, 67 returned home. The other 59 children were the victims of family abductions, non-family abductions and other types of cases. LACMEC helped return 26 to their families. Contact the Louisiana Clearinghouse for Missing and Exploited Children by calling 1-800-434-8007." Content Detail

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    Spanish / Español
  • Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana (PCAL)

    PCAL's mission is prevention of child abuse and neglect. The organization sponsors the KIDLINE hotline (1-800-CHILDREN). From PCAL's site: "anonymous, toll-free, statewide telephone service offering crisis intervention, support, parenting information and referrals to community resources within the state of Louisiana." Content Detail

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    PCAL
  • Reporting Child Abuse or Neglect

    Here are child abuse prevention resources from the Louisiana Department of Social Services. Content Detail

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    Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services
  • Video -- Child in Need of Care

    Watch this video to learn more about Child in Need of Care in Louisiana and what kinds of services Acadiana Legal Services offers in cases involving child abuse and neglect. Read More

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    Acadiana Legal Service Corporation
  • Child Welfare Information Gateway

    Print and electronic publications, websites, and online databases covering a wide range of topics from prevention to permanency, including child welfare, child abuse and neglect, adoption, search and reunion, and much more. Content Detail

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    Children's Bureau, Administration for Children & Families, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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    Spanish / Español
  • Federal Help for Victims of Human Trafficking

    Victims are eligible for federal funds, special visas, and other help. Content Detail

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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Crime Victim Reparations

    From the agency's website: "Victims of violence and their families must deal with emotional, physical, and financial aftermath of crime. The Louisiana Crime Victims Reparations Fund helps innocent victims and their families pay for the financial cost of crime when they have no other means of paying. The fund is administered by the Crime Victims Reparations Board under the jurisdiction of the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement The funds to operate the program come from fines and files paid by people who break the law." Content Detail

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    LOUISIANA COMMISSION ON LAW ENFORCEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE
  • Foster Care -- An Introduction

    See this video about foster care in Louisiana, from the Children's Law Committtee of the Louisiana State Bar Association. Content Detail

  • Giving Up A Child For Adoption: Louisiana's Safe Haven Law

    Parents have a safe and legal way to give the care of their newborn to the state, without fear of criminal prosecution. Content Detail

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    Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services
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    Spanish / Español
  • How to Get Legal Help/Como Obtener Ayuda Legal

    Information in English and Spanish about how to get help from programs that offer free help to qualified people. Lea aquí para aprender cómo obtener ayuda gratis con problemas legales, ayuda de los programas para las personas de ingresos bajos. Content Detail

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    Southeast Louisiana Legal Services
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    Spanish / Español