BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Louisiana Department of Children and Families Services (DCFS) was awarded a national honor as part of a kickoff to National Adoption Month.
DCFS is one of ten individuals or organizations honored at the 2015 Adoption Excellence Award ceremony by the federal Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families. The DCFS received an award in the area of Child Welfare Systemic Change.
DCFS receive the honor for its work in helping children in foster care find permanent homes.
"Our goal is to ensure that every child leaves our system with a loving, permanent connection." said DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier.
DCFS launched an initiative in 2013 called Faith in Families. It focuses on keeping connections between families, working harder to find permanent families for older youth and improving foster and adoptive resources.
The Faith in Families initiative works with the Dave Thomas Foundation and several faith-based organizations.
With the initiative, ACF has ranked Louisiana number one in the country four years in a row for timeliness to adoption.
"All of our children need and deserve a safe, loving and permanent place to call home. As was reflected through the theme at the ceremony today and by the young people represented, we never outgrow the need for family," said Secretary Sonnier. "We remain committed to working with our partners to serve the 4,800 children in foster care."