• Covid-19

    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.

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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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Covid-19

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.
 
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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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Nicole DeJean

Nicole DeJean

Disabilities Information & Support Specialist

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Danielle Ledet

Danielle Ledet

Education Liaison

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Harlon Cowsar, II

Harlon Cowsar, II

Adult Program Coordinator & Referral Specialist - Harlon has been with our agency for 4 years.

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Upcoming Events

Covid-19 At Home Test Kit

Covid-19 At Home Test Kit

Monday through Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 1 per person while supplies last.

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Updated Posters are In!

Updated Posters are In!

Come and pickup your new poster for your office or place of business.

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LADDC News Council's 2022 Legislative Agenda

LADDC News Council's 2022 Legislative Agenda

The Council adopted its 2022 Legislative Advocacy Agenda with input from both LaCAN and FamiliesHelpingFamilies...

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Using positive reinforcement to teach and change behavior

Using positive reinforcement to teach and change behavior

This workshop focuses on understanding positive reinforcement, how we can apply it, and how it can affect and change behavior.

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ACT 378 - Community & Family Supports

ACT 378 - Community & Family Supports

Join us to learn about the history of the Community & Family Support Act - Act 378 and what supports are available to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

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Early Steps Transition: Part C to Part B

Early Steps Transition: Part C to Part B

On Wed Feb 23rd from 10:00 am - 11:00 am. Transitions can be scary, find out what to expect when transitioning from Early Steps to the public school system.

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2022 Legislative Roundtables

2022 Legislative Roundtables

Save the Date. Tues Feb 22, 2022 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm.

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Autism Indicator on LA Driver's License

Autism Indicator on LA Driver's License

Eligible Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles customers can now request to have an “Autism” indicator added to their driver’s license.

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FHF 2021 Staff Acheivements

FHF 2021 Staff Acheivements

Congratulations!!! Families Helping Families of Acadiana would like to recognize its staff for their appointments to various boards, task forces, or committees...

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Act 421 Children's Medicaid Option (TEFRA)

Act 421 Children's Medicaid Option (TEFRA)

Begins January 1. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has granted approval for Louisiana Medicaid to launch Act 421 Children’s Medicaid Option, or TEFRA, effective January 1, 2022.

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L.I.F.E.

L.I.F.E.

L.I.F.E. stands for Learning Is For Everyone, and that’s exactly what we believe here at UL Lafayette.

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LA Dept. of Education Launches the Engaged Initiative

LA Dept. of Education Launches the Engaged Initiative

The BE ENGAGED® initiative is powered through an innovative technology app, PimsPoints. Download the app here:
Participation Needed!

Participation Needed!

Interview participants needed for Louisiana parents and caregivers of children with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder diagnosis needed. Your participation will contribute to greater understanding of the caregiver experience and awareness of FASD. Please contact Taylor Villemarette at or (318)451-2309, if you are willing to participate in a brief interview. Your time and consideration are greatly appreciated.
Hot Food Waiver Extension

Hot Food Waiver Extension

Louisiana participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP)...

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LA Developmental Disabilities Council

LA Developmental Disabilities Council

Families Helping Families is a statewide network of ten family-directed and family-staffed regional resource centers that provide information on all types of services, goods,...

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Tinkergarten

Tinkergarten

Sharing for families of children from 18 months to 8 years old:

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Hurricane IDA - Assistance

Hurricane IDA - Assistance

Good evening everyone- we are working to support families in need in our southern parishes...

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Calendar of Events

18 Feb 2022
11:00AM - 12:00PM
Act 378 - Community and Family Supports
22 Feb 2022
01:00PM - 02:00PM
2022 Legislative Roundtables
23 Feb 2022
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Early Steps Transition: Part C to B

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