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Find an Attorney
It is always in your best interest to speak with an attorney about your case. If you cannot afford an attorney, a legal aid organization may be able to represent you for free or at reduced cost. However, certain restrictions apply and they may not be able to take your case. You may also qualify for reduced-cost legal services through the LSBA's Modest Means Directory. You also have a right to represent yourself, and there are diverse services available to help you learn more.
Find attorneys and services in your area.
Fill out an Application online.
You can also apply for the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP) or Kinship Care Subsidy Program (KCSP) with this same application.
You can also download an application and fill it out by hand.
Gather the documents you will need to verify the information in your application. Find a list of the documents you will need.
Step Three (for downloaded applications filled out by hand only):
Mail the application to or drop it off at your local DCFS office. Applications are also available there to fill out.
After receiving your application, a DCFS employee will call you to conduct an interview over the phone, saving you time. Please provide a valid telephone number for contact purposes, or if a face-to-face interview is requested, you may schedule an appointment with any DCFS parish office.
What if I'm denied?
You can always appeal the denial. Contact your local legal aid office to see if you qualify.
The Legal Education and Assistance Program (LEAP) is a project sponsored by the Louisiana State Bar Association, with the support of the Louisiana Library Association, the Law Library of Louisiana, LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, and Acadiana Legal Services. LEAP aims to provide support and assistance to public librarians throughout the state by providing them with the tools to help their patrons with their legal questions. LEAP understands that librarians are prohibited from providing legal advice, but instead helps them provide legal information, including referrals to attorneys.