Shreveport– The Department of Children and Family Services has teamed up with Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana to seek the public’s feedback on the foster youth program in the State of Louisiana.

The Focus Group meetings will occur on Friday, Feb. 15 at the Natchitoches Council on Aging. The first session will be for community partners, government officials and social service agencies and will begin at 9:30am. The second session will be for foster parents and interested parties will begin at 12:30pm. The last session will be for any current or former foster youth and will begin at 4:30pm. All sessions will last approximately one and a half hours.

For those unable to attend, there is also a way to participate virtually by conference call. For more information on this or to RSVP for the meeting email Carmen Spooner at

There will be one additional Focus Group meeting in Alexandria on Monday, Feb. 25.

About Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana

Goodwill is a nonprofit leader in providing education, training and career services for people with disabilities, such as physical or mental disabilities, lack of education or work experience and homelessness. Goodwill is ranked 11th on the Forbes 20 Most Inspiring American Companies list, the only nonprofit to be included. Since 2010, Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana helped place more than 38,000 individuals people in jobs.

Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana’s, 11 retail locations provide not only affordable goods and services, but also jobs for those in need and revenue to support Goodwill’s charitable mission. Goodwill also provides multiple job resource centers, equipped with job-search experts, computers, Internet access and telephones. Goodwill believes that work has the power to transform lives by building self-confidence, independence, creativity, trust and friendships. Everyone deserves this chance. For more information on Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana, please visit