On Monday, July 11, the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services launched a toll-free number 855-4LA-KIDS (855-452-5437) for anyone in the state to call and report child abuse or neglect.

One number, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to speak to a trained child welfare worker to report possible abuse and neglect.

By launching a centralized intake system, workers will be able to provide a more consistent screening and decision making process of child abuse and neglect reports statewide. This will allow local child protection investigation workers with DCFS more time in the field completing investigations.

This new number will replace all previous local DCFS numbers used in the past to report child abuse to the Department.