• Covid-19

    We're still here for you! For the safety of and concern for the families we support (many of whom are in this high risk category), the Families Helping Families of Acadiana office will not YET provide face-to-face support, but are here to help in so many other ways:

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  • Education & Training

    Workshops and trainings are coordinated and presented on topics relevant to the issues facing persons with disabilities and their families.

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  • Advocacy Group

    A statewide grassroots network of individuals and organizations designed to promotes appropriate education and supports individuals...

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  • Peer to Peer

    Our trained, knowledgeable staff are parents of children with disabilities or individuals with disabilities. They are here to provide you with the support you need.

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Programs

A system of resources has been developed to provide up-to-date, detailed information on disabilities.

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Resources

A list of important resources available.

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We are open for business but closed to visitors.

We want to ensure our families that we are available to assist them, but we are following the recommended precautions and limiting in person contact to staff only. Our staff WILL be working doing this time period – we can assist by phone, email, or Zoom (if requested), to ensure you receive the information and referral, education, advocacy, and peer-to-peer support you need. Unfortunately, we will not be able to attend any meetings or events at this time. FHF of Acadiana will continue to monitor the coronavirus situation closely. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and hope you and your family stay safe during this time.

Phone: (337) 984-3458
Toll-free Phone: (855) 984-3458
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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FHFAcadiana Webinars, social media posts...

We miss seeing everyone in person. We look forward to hearing from you, in whichever other format you prefer, to help and support you and your family, until we can see each other again, face-to-face.

Our Mission

To assist and strengthen individuals with disabilities and their families through a coordinated network of resources, services and supports.
Families Helping Families of Acadiana is one of ten 501©3 non-profit resource centers located throughout the state of Louisiana.
Our corporation was organized as a family-directed resource center based on the principals of Louisiana Act 378 of 1989 for individuals with disabilities and their families.
We believe that providing support services through our programs will educate, strengthen and empower families and individuals who are at an increased risk for family breakdown.
We are parents that have gone through what you're going through, the individual that lives with a disability every day and the family that that is continuously trying to figure out what is best for our child or children. 
We've been "in your shoes"!
Since its inception, Families Helping Families has served thousands of families in the Region IV area through 3 areas of services: Information & Referral, Peer-to-Peer Support, and Educational Services and Training.
We provide the services to the below parishes:
 
ACADIA
Information & Referral Services
Peer-to-Peer Support Services
Educational Services & Training Services
 
EVANGELINE
Information & Referral Services
Peer-to-Peer Support Services
 
IBERIA
Information & Referral Services
Peer-to-Peer Support Services
Educational Services & Training Services
 
LAFAYETTE
Information & Referral Services
Peer-to-Peer Support Services
Educational Services & Training Services
 
ST. LANDRY
Information & Referral Services
Peer-to-Peer Support Services
 
ST. MARTIN
Information & Referral Services
Peer-to-Peer Support Services
Educational Services & Training Services
 
ST. MARY
Educational Services & Training Services
 
 VERMILLION
Information & Referral Services
Peer-to-Peer Support Services
Educational Services & Training Services

 

Meet Our FHFOA 2021-2022 Support Team

Nicole Flores

Nicole Flores

Executive Director - Nicole has been with our agency for 4 years.

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Annette Fruge'

Annette Fruge'

Family Support Coordinator, Education Liaison Assistant, & Community Resource Specialist - Annette has been with our agency for 5 years.

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Todd Fontenot

Todd Fontenot

Financial Manager - Todd has been with our agency for 2 years.

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Brenda Bares

Brenda Bares

Education Liaison - Brenda has been with our agency for 1 year.

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Kristie Curtis

Kristie Curtis

Early Steps, - Kristie has been with our agency for 1 year.

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Susie Dupont

Susie Dupont

Accounts Manager - Susie has been with our agency for 4 years.

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Harlon Cowsar, II

Harlon Cowsar, II

Adult Program Manager - Harlon has been with our agency for 4 years.

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Upcoming Events

Coffee Time with FHFOA!

Coffee Time with FHFOA!

Virtual Coffee Time - January 26, 2021 at 9:00 am

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Parental Rights in Special Education

Parental Rights in Special Education

Thursday Jan. 21, 2021 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm.

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Special Education Frequently Asked Questions

Special Education Frequently Asked Questions

January 27, 2021. From 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm.

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Impact of Covid 19 on the special education service delivery

Impact of Covid 19 on the special education service delivery

If you have a child receiving Special Education Services: Sharing on behalf of the Governor's Advisory Council for Disability Affairs Education Subcommittee: Education Staff Link: Click Here
Ramp Program

Ramp Program

Did you know Lafayette Consolidated Government’s Community Development Department has a Ramp Program that is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban …

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LA Developmental Disabilities Council - Exec. Director Position

LA Developmental Disabilities Council - Exec. Director Position

The Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council is seeking a compassionate leader to drive needed changes in Louisiana’s service delivery system for persons with developmental disabilities...

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LA Dept. of Ed.

LA Dept. of Ed.

LDOE providing back to school resources for students with disabilities

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Masks Available

Masks Available

Thanks to the generosity of the Governor’s Office, Families Helping Families of Acadiana received face masks to provide free of charge to our families in our community...

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LA LEND Program

LA LEND Program

The LA LEND Program is seeking Mentor Families for the Acadiana program. For the 20-21 program year, LSUHSC is partnering with ULL in hosting a satellite LA LEND program. LA LEND is seeking to recruit families that may be interested in participating as a Family Mentor for trainees in Lafayette. . What is LA LEND?...

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