The Bureau of Licensing conducts a licensing program for the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), as mandated by the different licensing laws, that give a measure of protection to the children and adults of the state who are in care on a regular or consistent basis. This measure of protection covers the health, safety, and well-being of individuals being cared for.
You can search for facilities licensed by facility name, parish, license number, zip code, or by the type of license here.
These are the programs that are licensed by the Department of Social Services Licensing Bureau, along with a definition of each program type:
CHILD DAY CARE CENTER: any place or facility operated by any institution, society, agency, corporation, person or persons, or any other group for the primary purpose of providing care, supervision, and guidance of 7 or more children, not including those related to the caregiver, unaccompanied by parent or guardian, on a regular basis for at least 12 1/2 hours in a continuous 7-day week. Related or relative is defined as the natural or adopted child or grandchild of the caregiver or a child in the legal custody of the caregiver.
ADULT RESIDENTIAL FACILITY: a public or privately operated (24 hour) residence that provides personal assistance, lodging and meals for compensation to 2 or more adults who are unrelated to the residence licensee, owner, or director.
CHILD RESIDENTIAL FACILITY: any place, facility or home operated by any institution, society, agency, corporation, person or persons or any other group to provide full-time care (24 hour residential care) for 4 or more children under the age of 18 years who are not related to the operators, and whose parents or guardians are not residents of the same facility, with or without transfer of custody.
ADOPTION AGENCY: a child-placing agency that places children in a family household of one or more persons that has been approved by the agency to accept a child for adoption.
CHILD FOSTER CARE AGENCY: a child placing agency that places children into an approved family foster home for a planned period of substitute care when their own families cannot or will not care for them. Substitute Family Care Programs are no longer licensed by the Department of Social Services
EMERGENCY SHELTER: a person, group, or organization operating one or more facilities established for the purpose of providing 24-hour emergency shelter care on a regular basis to children under age 18. Children are considered candidates for emergency shelter care when they are in danger of abuse or severe neglect or when they are abandoned either purposely or by events beyond the control of their caretaker. Children shall not be retained more than 45 days in emergency shelter care. There can be two renewals of 30 days each by written agreement between the emergency shelter and the placing party.
MATERNITY HOME: any place or facility in which any institution, society, agency, corporation, person or persons, or any other group regularly receives and provides necessary services for children before, during, and immediately following birth. This definition shall not include any place or facility which receives and provides services for women who receive maternity care in the home of a relative within the sixth degree of kindred, computed according to civil law, or general or special hospitals in which maternity treatment and care is part of the medical services performed and the care of children only brief and incidental.
TRANSITIONAL YOUTH RESIDENCE: any communal or supervised independent living arrangement existing for the primary purpose of providing care for at least 2 but less than 20 youths living in individualized apartment units, alone or jointly with other youths, under the supervision, custody or control, directly or indirectly, of the state.
Visit the DCFS website for more information.
Yvonne D. Stewart, Licensing Manager
( 225 ) 342 – 9734