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Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)

To support all families in accessing high-quality child care, the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) provides financial assistance to low-income families while they are working or attending school.

Cash Assistance for Families with Children- The Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP)

The Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP) provides cash assistance to families with children when the financial resources of the family are insufficient to meet subsistence needs.

ABLE Accounts - Saving Money for Disability-Related Expenses Without Losing Public Benefits

The Louisiana Achieving a Better Life Experience Act Program (ABLE) allows families to save for disability-related expenses of their loved ones. The advantage of this program is that it allows the family to save without worrying about whether the assets in an account will be counted as an asset for purposes of determining eligibility for federal and state benefits programs such as Medicaid and Social Security.

Eligibility and Time Limits for Cash Assistance (Welfare) Family Independence Temporary Assistance (FITAP)

Learn about the time limits for receiving Family Independence Temporary Assistance (FITAP) cash benefits and re-qualifying if you lose eligibility. In Louisiana, the general rule is that you cannot get more than 24 months of FITAP payments in a 60-month (5-year) period. In Louisiana, you also have a lifetime limit of 60 months (5 years, total).

Child Welfare Services in Louisiana

Find out about adoption, protection from abuse and neglect, and foster care. To report suspected child abuse, call 1-855-4LA-KIDS (1-855-452-5437) toll-free 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

About the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Food Stamps

Learn more about SNAP (commonly called food stamps), including eligibility requirements, how to apply, and your rights as a SNAP applicant or recipient. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides monthly benefits that help eligible low-income households buy the food they need for good health.

Families Helping Families Centers

Find the Families Helping Families Center nearest you. This non-profit helps families with members who have special needs.

Federal Food Nutrition Programs

Federal food nutrition programs including Pandemic EBT, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program, Community Eligibility, Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Afterschool Nutrition Programs, Summer Nutrition Programs, Nutrition Standards.

Find a HRSA Community Health Center

Search for HRSA Funded Health Centers

Find State Benefits

Need more help? Find out if you may be eligible for Louisiana government benefits with this Benefit Navigator.

Health-Related Information in Asian Languages

SPIRAL provides access to the following patient information documents created by non-profit health agencies and organizations. For information on how information is selected for inclusion, please see the SPIRAL Selection Criteria. All documents are intended for public use and may be distributed for not-for-profit purposes. The information provided does not imply medical recommendation or endorsement. The information provided should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a health care provider. All medical information needs to be carefully reviewed with your health care professional.

Indian Health Services

The Indian Health Service, an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, is responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives. The provision of health services to members of federally-recognized tribes grew out of the special government-to-government relationship between the federal government and Indian tribes. This relationship, established in 1787, is based on Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, and has been given form and substance by numerous treaties, laws, Supreme Court decisions, and Executive Orders. The IHS is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for Indian people, and its goal is to raise their health status to the highest possible level. The IHS provides a comprehensive health service delivery system for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Temporary Assistance to Needy Families: TANF - Louisiana's cash aid program for children and their parents is the Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP). This program, along with the Food Stamp program, is administered by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services.

WIC Benefits - Food for Pregnant Women, Mothers and Infants

The WIC program helps women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, have given birth, and also infants and young children. Learn about WIC eligibility, WIC food categories, and supportive services, and get help finding a local Louisiana WIC clinic.

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