• 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
Email:
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.
 
Click Here to see which parishes we provide services to:
 

 

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

April is Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month

You can follow the social media hashtags #WorldAutismAwarenessDay2021, #AutismAcceptance, and #AutismAcceptanceMonth all month long for stories and information from around the world celebrating awareness, acceptance, and inclusion of people with autism spectrum disorders.
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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Special Education Webinars - April

Special Education Webinars - April

Thursday April 1, 7, 15, and 21st.

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Introduction to Early Steps

Introduction to Early Steps

We are excited to offer you a unique webinar! Gain knowledge of Louisiana's Part C program! Thursday April 28th from 10:00am - 11:00am.

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Navigating the IEP: Part 1

Navigating the IEP: Part 1

Join us for this new FREE interactive training as we navigate the different sections of the IEP. Tuesday April 20, 2021 at 10:00 am

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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

20 Apr 2021
10:00AM -
Navigating the IEP: Part 1
21 Apr 2021
01:00PM -
Dispute Resolutions
28 Apr 2021
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Introduction to Early Steps
27 May 2021
01:00PM - 03:00PM
ASD and Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy

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Spring 2021