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Families Helping Families of Southwest Louisiana has been incorporated since January, 1992. We serve the area of Region V which includes the parishes of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jeff Davis Parishes. FHF SWLA’s core services include information and referral, education and training and peer support. We are a 501©3 organization that is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of 51% individuals with disabilities or family members and other interested community members.

Our mission is to enable and empower individuals with disabilities and their families by providing information, referral, education, training, peer support and advocacy skills.  Our vision is that all individuals with disabilities have the opportunity to attend school, live, work and play in their own community

FHF SWLA coordinates and collaborates with several agencies statewide. We are also part of a statewide network of ten Families Helping Families Centers. The program staff of FHF SWLA are all family members or individuals with disabilities. Our staff includes an executive director, 1 support staff, and 8 program staff who put a face on 9 programs at our agency. Programs of our agency provide over 50 training and support opportunities each year. We work with individuals with any kind of special need (mental, physical, emotional, or educational). We offer a resource lending library, quarterly email newsletter, research on disability related topics, information and referral, education and training and peer support and advocacy skills training.

Families Helping Families SWLA is the only family directed resource center in Southwest Louisiana. Families Helping Families SWLA is a unique agency that can answer specific questions about disabilities from our own personal experiences and lend a supportive and helping hand to families living with disability issues.

Only at FHF SWLA can one get information from another parent or individual with a disability that has accessed the SAME services and learned firsthand how to navigate the many different service systems.

We serve over 2000 families each year who are seeking information and referral about specific disabilities and services in the community, education advocacy assistance, systems change advocacy assistance, peer support and other specifics related to various disabilities.


Please help us by taking this short survey about education services.  
We are working to improve the services that we provide and to make sure we are providing support and information that is needed by the families in our region.  
Parents/Family Members of individuals with disabilities are the target audience but we always welcome educators and other service providers input!  
Click here to take this survey!
We appreciate your taking the time to share your input with us so that we can enhance and improve the services we provide for individuals with disabilities and their families.  
Sincerely,
Susan Riehn

Why you may want to attend a Families Helping Families Workshop…..

What a participant had to say at the Advocating for Positive Supports Workshop on July 19, 2016 …..

I have learned lots of important skills, concepts, and lessons!  I would recommend this workshop to another parent!  Any workshop you guys have are excellent!  My needs were met by the information I received today.  Awesome presentation!  I always love the FHF workshops!  I have been coming to workshops and made phone calls in regards to my daughter who has Asperger’s since 2013.  It’s 2016.  Each workshop gets better and better.  I have done the IEP Boot Camp workshop for several years.  I just want to personally say thank you!  You have been such a blessing to me and my family.


Letter of Praise for Families Helping Families of SWLA –

As a mother, I offer you all my heartfelt gratitude. From the first moment I reached out to Families Helping Families almost a year ago, I was met with attentive ears, caring voices, and face to face support. This could not have arrived at a better time for me – as a full time single parent of 3, my burdens were increasing and resources (on both personal and community levels) were scarce. After many calls and unsuccessful attempts to find support, I was finally directed to FHF. This organization is truly based in the community and it is apparent how much everyone involved really cares about the service they provide and the community in which they take part.

From the perspective of the past PR professional, I commend your level of organization and follow through. I consistently receive email updates and personal phone calls to check in and extend invitations to upcoming gatherings. I can honestly say I’ve never come across an organization so committed and joyful in their work. I pray this community continues to thrive and prosper. I hope this testimony speaks to the indispensable resource that Families Helping Families is to the Lake Area. Sincerely,

Signed by a Parent from Southwest Louisiana

We are Families Helping Families….It’s Who We Are…It’s What We Do!



Click here to register for the webinar - No More Summer Slide!
Families Helping Families of SWLA in collaboration with Louisiana Parent Training & Information Center is co-hosting a FREE online Webinar!
Join us for the webinar - No More Summer Slide!
No More Summer Slide - Summer is the perfect time for students of all ages to relax, but it’s also a time when summer learning loss can occur. This learning loss is called the “summer slide,” and happens when children do not engage in educational activities during the summer months.  This training will provide you with strategies and fun activities you can do over the summertime to help prevent the summer slide.
Date: Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Audience:  Parents, Caregivers, and Professionals of School-Aged Children/Students.
Registration link: http://tinyurl.com/yd65xzxp
Click here to download the online webinar event flyer!
To access or participate in the online webinar you need to have the "GoToWebinar" app on your smartphone, ipad, tablet, or just use your desktop/laptop computer!
"GoToWebinar" app can be downloaded for FREE from google play store or itunes app store.
If you have questions on how to access or how you can participate in this online webinar contact Wallace at (337) 436-2570 or 1-800-894-6558.

Click here to register for the webinar - Getting and Keeping Your First Job!
Families Helping Families of SWLA in collaboration with Louisiana Parent Training & Information Center is co-hosting a FREE online Webinar!
Join us online for webinar - Getting and Keeping Your First Job!
Getting and Keeping Your First JobThe goal of this training is to help families, caregivers, and professionals understand the realities of today’s work world so they can help youth with disabilities earn competitive employment.  Participants will learn the importance of disability self-awareness, how families can help youth with career planning, and strategies to navigate resumes, job interviews, and job accommodations.
Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Time:  11:30 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Audience:  Parents, Caregivers, and Professionals of School-Aged Children/Students.
Registration link: http://tinyurl.com/yasfoo6o
Click here to download the online webinar event flyer!
To access or participate in the online webinar you need to have the "GoToWebinar" app on your smartphone, ipad, tablet, or just use your desktop/laptop computer!
"GoToWebinar" app can be downloaded for FREE from google play store or itunes app store.
If you have questions on how to access or how you can participate in this online webinar contact Wallace at (337) 436-2570 or 1-800-894-6558.


Families Helping Families of SWLA in collaboration with Louisiana Parent Training & Information Center is co-hosting a FREE online Webinar!
Join us online for webinar about the Self-Direction Option for Waiver Services!
Self-DirectionSelf-Direction gives waiver participants the control to choose the people that they want to provide supports to them and in some cases, the ability to provide higher wages for their Direct Support Professionals (DSP).  However, Self-Direction also comes with more responsibility.  The goal of this training is to help individuals decide if self-direction is something they want to pursue and how to make it happen.
Date: Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Time:  11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Audience:  Parents, Caregivers, and Professionals of School-Aged Children/Students.
Registration link:  http://tinyurl.com/y7zc2tfg
To access or participate in the online webinar you need to have the "GoToWebinar" app on your smartphone, ipad, tablet, or just use your desktop/laptop computer!
"GoToWebinar" app can be downloaded for FREE from google play store or itunes app store.
If you have questions on how to access or how you can participate in this online webinar contact Wallace at (337) 436-2570 or 1-800-894-6558.

Families Helping Families of SWLA in collaboration with Louisiana Parent Training & Information Center is co-hosting a FREE online Webinar!
Join us online for webinar - Anatomy of an IEP!
Anatomy of an IEP - Like a biology student, this presentation will dissect the parts of the IEP document and examine their functions individually, learning their meanings and application. It will provide constructive and practical tips to help create an IEP that supports all of the student's needs. We will explore the parent’s role in the IEP process and learn the basics of their child’s right to special education services, the process of developing special education plans, and the parent’s role.
Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Time: 10:30 am – 11:30 a.m.
Audience:  Parents, Caregivers, and Professionals of School-Aged Children/Students.
Registration link:  http://tinyurl.com/yb8omfor
To access or participate in the online webinar you need to have the "GoToWebinar" app on your smartphone, ipad, tablet, or just use your desktop/laptop computer!
"GoToWebinar" app can be downloaded for FREE from google play store or itunes app store.
If you have questions on how to access or how you can participate in this online webinar contact Wallace at (337) 436-2570 or 1-800-894-6558.