LA HMIS Resource Guide

Full Resource Name:

Office of Child Welfare / Lafayette Parish

Brandywine II, Ste. 104
825 Kaliste Saloom RD
Lafayette, LA 70508

(337) 262-5901

http://www.dcfs.louisiana.gov/

Description:

Keyword: Child protection
Parish Office: Office of Child Welfare (OCW) is a branch of the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

CHILD PROTECTION
INVESTIGATION: Investigates child abuse and neglect
FAMILY SERVICES: Provides short-term, concrete services to children and families in their own homes in order to address problems of abuse/neglect and promote the safety of the children within the family unit.

ADOPTION SERVICES
ADOPTION PETITION SERVICES: Investigates independent adoptions (including stepparent, grandparent, one parent, and non-relative adoptions) to determine the availability of the child and the suitability of the adoptive home, reports the findings of these investigations to the courts and assists families in obtaining revised birth certificates.
ADOPTION SERVICES: Seeks adoptive home placement of children who are in the DCFS' custody and are legally free for adoption.
REUNION REGISTRY: The LA Adoption Registry is a registry established by the Department of Children & Family Services to facilitate voluntary contact between adult adoptees, their birth parents and/or siblings.
OUT OF STATE CERTIFICATION / LA ADOPTION RESOURCE EXCHANGE (LARE): Provides information on the foster and adoption process for our of state residents wishing to adopt a Louisiana child.

FOSTER PARENTING: Provides temporary, substitute care for children in the custody of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) because of parental abuse or neglect.

General Information

Hours:

M-F, 8A-4:30P

Intake Process:

To become certified as foster parent: Attend an orientation meeting, complete pre-service training (7 sessions), submit application for certification, submit to fingerprinting of all adult members of household, provide documentation from a physician that all members of household are free of communicable disease, participate in the home study process (up to 3 home visits by an agency worker-one of which will include a safety inspection of the home), provide at least 5 references.

Program Fees:

None

Languages:

English, Spanish, Vietnamese

Eligibility:

Anyone may report abuse.
To become certified as foster parent, person must be at least 21 years of age, financially stable, in good physical, emotional and mental health, have adequate space in home for additional child, able to pass state and federal criminal clearances, attend 21 hours of pre-service training, participate in home study process.

Handicap Accessible?

Yes

Is Shelter?

No

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