The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) houses the Child Support Enforcement (CSE) office, established to enforce state and federal child support laws. CSE performs several crucial functions: locating absent parents, establishing paternity for children born to unmarried couples (either through legal documents or genetic testing), and setting up and modifying child and medical support obligations. Additionally, CSE enforces these obligations and acts as an intermediary in processing child support payments through the Centralized Collection Unit. This unit ensures secure and reliable payment transactions. CSE collaborates with district attorneys across the state's parishes, assisting in various aspects of child support enforcement, including paternity establishment, parent location, order establishment, payment collection, and legal prosecution of order violations.