UPDATE: Due to a family medical issue, Mrs. Walters will be unable to travel to Shreveport today. There will, however, be other staffers from DCFS available at the meeting to answer residents' questions.

ORIGINAL STORY:  Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services Secretary Marketa Garner Walters is paying Shreveport a visit this week, and she invites the public to visit with the agency's leadership.

According to a DCFS news release, Walters will share regional and statewide data and provide an update on issues like foster care, adoption, child protection, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), child support, disability determination and other programs. She'll also highlight the department's emergency response efforts. A Q&A session will follow.

"These conversations are an opportunity for community representatives to come together in one room to discuss the issues that are crucial to Louisiana children and families," Walters said. "It takes everyone, working together, to weave a strong web of support for our families to thrive."

DCFS urges the public to register for the seminar, which runs from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, December 13, in the gymnasium at First Presbyterian Church at 900 Jordan Street in Shreveport.