• 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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    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

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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.
 
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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

Act 378 Community and Family Supports

Act 378 Community and Family Supports

Join us June 16th at 2:00 pm to learn about the history of the Community & Family Support Act - Act 378 and what supports...

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An Introduction to Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

An Introduction to Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

This WIPA presentation on June 23 at 6:00 pm, will include; Disability Benefits Application Process, Appeals Process, Impact of Earnings on Benefits...

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Trach Mommas of LA

Trach Mommas of LA

Our warehouse, located in Baton Rouge, flooded last night. We will have to get rid of everything sitting a foot on the ground or lower. If you are able to physically help, please contact 225-200-5178. If you are able to financially help, please donate to . Thank you!

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Social Security Disability Insurance

Social Security Disability Insurance

Free Webinar July 28th at 6 pm. Social Security Disability Insurance and Your Return to Work Questions Answered by a Benefits Counselor; An Introduction to Work Incentives and Managing Benefits...

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Become a Family Mentor

Become a Family Mentor

Louisiana LEND at Human Development Center is now seeking families for the program’s Family Mentoring Experience! Share your unique experience of having...

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Paxtools Community Educator Training

Paxtools Community Educator Training

Are you a community, parent, health, prevention, or mental health educator/provider who works primarily with adults, including parents, caregivers ...

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Introduction to Early Steps

Introduction to Early Steps

Webinar - Wednesday September 15 from 10:00 am - 11:00 am

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Sensory Sensitive Sundays Return to Chuck E. Cheese

Sensory Sensitive Sundays Return to Chuck E. Cheese

Sensory Sundays at Chuck E. Cheese are returning!

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SDE June Webinars

SDE June Webinars

June 2, 8, 15, & 22nd.

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Early Steps Family Orientation

Early Steps Family Orientation

Webinar - Wednesday July 21st from 10:00 am - 11:00 am

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Early Steps Transition - Part C to Part B

Early Steps Transition - Part C to Part B

Webinar - Wednesday August 18th from 10:00 am - 11:00 am

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LA Rare Action Network

LA Rare Action Network

Sharing on behalf of the Louisiana Rare Action Network: In order to make meaningful change in the lives of rare disease patients and their families in the state of Louisiana, we need you!

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ACT 421 - Children's Medicaid Option

ACT 421 - Children's Medicaid Option

provides for a program through which children with disabilities can access Medicaid-funded services regardless of their parents' income.

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Helpful Tip - Enable Dictation in Microsoft Word

Helpful Tip - Enable Dictation in Microsoft Word

Quick tip: Press the windows Key and H keys at the same time.

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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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