Department of Children and Family Services closes offices to visitors

Coronavirus Closures and Postponements

BATON ROUGE, La. — Today the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services has decided to provide customer service only by phone, email, and online until further notice.

They say that all upcoming face-to-face appointments will either be rescheduled or conducted by phone.

Louisiana residents may continue to access services and program information through the usual channels:

  • To report child abuse, call Louisiana’s child abuse hotline at 1-855-4LA-KIDS (1-855-452-5437), or for mandatory reporters, visit
  • To access SNAP, FITAP, KCSP or Child Support, apply online via the CAFÉ Self-Service Portal ( or get information about the services online at or by calling the LAHelpU Customer Service Center at 1-888-LA-HELP-U (1-888-524-3578).
  • Those specifically looking for a SNAP application can text GETSNAP (no spaces) to 898211, email or call 1-888-LA-HELP-U (1-888-524-3578).

DCFS will continue to monitor the developments and safety recommendations related to COVID-19 and provide updates.

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