Site Visit Report: Louisiana Kinship Integrated Service System (LA KISS)
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The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) conceived of the Louisiana Kinship Integrated Service System (LA KISS) project in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, with the goal of improving outcomes for children in kinship care. LA KISS is a multilevel partnership between Child Welfare and Economic Stability and Self Sufficiency (ES) in the Greater New Orleans region of South Louisiana. DCFS recognized the need to reorganize how these two programs interact to better serve consumers returning to the region following the hurricane’s destruction.
Louisiana; kinship care; service integration; disaster response; foster children; partnerships; interagency collaboration; child welfare services; economic self sufficiency