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LA 211 partners with DCFS to provide resources for caregivers

More people calling 211 amid the COVID-19 pandemic
Posted at 3:29 PM, Apr 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-23 16:29:35-04

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services announced on Thursday that it is partnering with Louisiana 211 to provide kinship caregivers easy access to information about resources and services available to help them and their families.

According to a release from DCFS, grandparents, other relatives and “fictive kin,” or those who are like family but not actually related to the children in their care, can dial 211 or text KINSHIPLA to 898-211, anytime 24/7, to find out about resources available in their area.

DCFS says that callers should identify themselves as providing care for a relative or fictive kin child and share what their needs are.

All calls are toll-free and confidential, and language translation services are available, the release states.

DCFS states that about 65,000 Louisiana children live with relatives other than their parents, according to the AARP Grandparent Information Center, including 1,313 children in the state’s foster care system who live with relatives or fictive kin.

The partnership with Louisiana 211 is part of DCFS’s Kinship Navigator Program to increase resources and information for kinship caregivers, the release states.

More details about the Kinship Navigator Program, visit www.dcfs.la.gov/kinship or call 211.
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