• 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

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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

2021 Virtual GODA Conference

2021 Virtual GODA Conference

The Governor's Office of Disability Affairs (GODA) will host its annual conference virtually during the week of July 26 -29

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Free Breakfast & Lunch for LPSS Students

Free Breakfast & Lunch for LPSS Students

For parents of students in the Lafayette Parish School System- LPSS will provide free breakfast and lunch to students at all school sites in the 2021-2022 school year.
LA Dept of Children and Family Services

LA Dept of Children and Family Services

The technical issues involving the issuance of benefits, including P-EBT and SNAP, have been resolved. All issuances that were scheduled to be available on P-EBT and SNAP cards today are scheduled to be available by tomorrow morning, July 15. We apologize for the delay.
Smoke Alarm Program

Smoke Alarm Program

Sharing a possible resource for some of our families in Lafayette Parish from the Lafayette Consolidate led Government: 𝐒𝐌𝐎𝐊𝐄 𝐀𝐋𝐀𝐑𝐌 𝐏𝐑𝐎𝐆𝐑𝐀𝐌 - for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing residents of Lafayette Parish:

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Acadia Parish Community Wellness & Resource Fair

Acadia Parish Community Wellness & Resource Fair

August 21, 2021 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Social Security Disability Insurance and Your Return to Work Questions

Social Security Disability Insurance and Your Return to Work Questions

Answered by a Benefits Counselor; An Introduction to Work Incentives and Managing Benefits. July 28, 2021 Free Webinar!

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The LA Dept of Health Office of Behavioral Health

The LA Dept of Health Office of Behavioral Health

The Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Behavioral Health, is requesting your input to identify community priorities that will support and enhance Louisiana’s Behavi…

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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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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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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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Latest Videos

Calendar of Events

26 Jul 2021
09:00AM - 04:30PM
2021 Virtual GODA Conference
26 Jul 2021
09:00AM - 04:30PM
2021 Virtual GODA Conference
26 Jul 2021
09:00AM - 04:30PM
2021 Virtual GODA Conference
28 Jul 2021
06:00PM -
Social Security Disability Insurance
28 Jul 2021
06:00PM -
Social Security Disability Insurance and Your Return to Work Questions
26 Jul 2021
09:00AM - 04:30PM
2021 Virtual GODA Conference
18 Aug 2021
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Early Steps Transition Part C to Part B
21 Aug 2021
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Acadia Parish Community Wellness & Resource Fair
15 Sep 2021
10:00AM - 11:00PM
Introduction to Early Steps

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