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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.


 
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!


Pizza Artista Fundraising Event to benefit Families Helping Families of SWLA!
Click here for an event flyer to share with your family, friends, and neighbors
On August 30, 2018 tell your family, friends, and neighbors to go out and EAT PIZZA FOR A GREAT CAUSE - FAMILIES HELPING FAMILIES!
By eating at Pizza Artista on August 30, 2018 you will be supporting Families Helping Families!
Just mention Families Helping Families upon checkout on August 30, 2018, and a percentage of your net sale will be donated to Families Helping Families of SWLA!
Pizza Artista is located in the Lake Charles Prien Lake Mall across from Charming Charlie!

Click here to register for the webinar - Accommodations vs. Modifications!
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 - Accommodations vs. Modifications!
Accommodations vs. Modifications – Meeting after meeting, parents and teachers use the words “accommodation” and “modification” almost interchangeably when discussing IEPs and student needs. If understood and used correctly, these words can greatly impact the success of a child’s educational program. Get answers to these questions and more:
How can accommodations and modifications help my child in the general education classroom? How are accommodations and modifications included in IEP? Which accommodations are provided for state testing? Accommodations and Modifications can be a game changer for your child.
Date: Monday, August 20, 2018
Time:  1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Audience:  Parents, Caregivers, and Professionals of School-Aged Children/Students.
Registration link: http://tinyurl.com/yasa5dvz
Click here to download the 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 - Procedural Safeguards: Do You Know Your Rights?
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 - Procedural Safeguards: Do You Know Your Rights?
Procedural Safeguards: Do You Know Your Rights? - Since the first federal law dealing with the education of students with disabilities in public schools passed, legal rights for parents has been an important part of the law. These legal rights for parents generally referred to as “procedural safeguards,” are a critical component to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.   The purpose of this webinar is to let parents know they have legal rights and to help them understand these rights and what to do when you disagree with the school. 
Date: Monday, September 17, 2018
Note:  This webinar is in the evening time! - 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Audience:  Parents, Caregivers, and Professionals of School-Aged Children/Students.
Registration link: https://tinyurl.com/ybcj7nle
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 webinar - Related Services
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 - Related Services!
Related Services - Children with disabilities are entitled to special education and related services. The IEP must contain a statement of the special education, related services, and supplementary aids and services to be provided to the child. Participants will learn several critical elements used to determine what related services a student needs.
Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Time: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Audience:  Parents, Caregivers, and Professionals of School-Aged Children/Students.
Registration link: https://tinyurl.com/ybe2lyz8
Click here to download the 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.