May is 'Foster Care Month' and the Department of Children and Family Services is recruiting families to better serve children in need.

DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier says,

To celebrate Foster Care Month we make an extra push to recruit foster families. Children do best in families. By having foster homes in all areas of the state children in foster care can stay close to home and in the same school.

Foster care is a protective service designed to provide temporary, shot term care for children who must live apart from their parents for whatever reason.

To foster a child you must attend one of the orientation sessions listed below.

  • East Baton Rouge Parish Office, 160 South Ardenwood, Baton Rouge on Wednesday, May 20 at 6 p.m.

Covington Region:

  • First Baptist Church Student Center, 4141 Pontchartrain Drive Room 150, Slidell on Tuesday, May 12 at 6 p.m.

Lake Charles Region:

  • Lake Charles Regional Office, 1919 Kirkman Street, Lake Charles on Monday, May 11 at 6 p.m.

Lafayette Region:

  • Iberia Parish Office, 705 Bayard Street, New Iberia on Tuesday, May 12 at 10 a.m.
  • Acadia Parish Office, 300 E. First Street, Crowley on Wednesday, May 20 at 10 a.m.
  • Lafayette Regional Office, 825 Kaliste Saloom Road, Brandywine III Suite 150, Lafayette on Wednesday, May 20 at 6 p.m.

Monroe Region:

  • Northeast Louisiana State Office Building, 24 Accent Drive Suite 106, Monroe on Thursday, May 21 at 11 a.m.

Orleans Region:

  • Jefferson Parish Westbank Office, 2150 Westbank Expressway, 6th floor, Harvey on Tuesday, May 12 at 6 p.m.

Shreveport Region:

  • Shreveport Regional Office, 1525 Fairfield Avenue 9th floor, Shreveport on Tuesday, May 19 at 6 p.m.

Thibodaux Region:

  • Terrebonne Parish Library, North Branch, 4130 W. Park Avenue, Gray on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 6 p.m.

To find out more about becoming a foster parent, visit and for the full 2015 orientation schedule, visit