Families Helping Families
Peer to Peer Support Power of the Parent Advocacy Educational Supports Home and Community Based Services

2016 Spring Fling

On May 20th Families Helping Families Region 7 hosted our Spring Fling Event. This event was truly a celebration that marked the end of the school year for all the families whom we serve. Families, friends, loved ones, and our staff gathered together at North Bossier Park to partake in an evening of love, fun, and great food. Our menu included boiled crawfish, potatoes, corn, sausage, burgers, hotdogs, chips, and more.

We would like to thank the Gateway Gives Back Program for making this event truly possible through their generosity. Also, we would like to extend our gratitude to the owner and operator of Tummy Time Cakes & Desserts, Mrs. LaWana London, for donating her delicious cupcakes. Our amazing food was cooked on site by Ragin Cajun Catering. Our volunteer food service teams were truly incredible and hospitable to each guest. Mr. Frazier of Kona Ice provided each person exemplary customer service via each Kona Ice that he served.

We are very grateful for this opportunity to celebrate with all who attended. The best is truly yet to come!! Please visit Upcoming Events for information on which events you can participant in or support.

Gateway Gives Back

Photo Gallery of Spring Fling - May 2016

Services
In the Community
Support Groups
Helpful Resources
Our services evolve from the voice of our families and are sensitive to the diverse and changing needs of our communities. All of our services and programs are FREE.
We are a community that loves and support families that have family members with a disability. We come together to have Softball Benefits, attend Disability Rights Rally and be a voice in our community.
Families Helping Families Region 7 has compiled a list of support groups throughout our region that are ready and willing to serve you.
LaTEACH (Louisiana Together Educating ALL Children) is an initiative of the
Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council. It is one of many organizations in Louisiana that is dedicated to providing services for individuals with disabilities.

8th Annual Special Education Conference - March 2016


Our 8th Annual Education Conference was held on March 19, 2016, at The Ramada Shreveport. In attendance was over 40 parents and community members from surrounding parishes to hear the Honorable Mayor Ollie S. Tyler speak on Education: The Big Picture. Also we were honored to have Ms. Jennifer Coco, a Staff Attorney of the Southern Poverty Law Center in New Orleans, La. 70130, speaking to us on Provisions of Legal Advocacy for your Special Needs Student. Both speakers empowered the attendees with a welt of valuable information giving us tools we can use to better advocate for our special needs children.

Photo Gallery of Education Conference March 2016

Who We Are


Families Helping Families Region 7 is a non-profit family resource center.  We are a group of families who, through our own experiences, promote peer support and advocacy and are committed to alleviating hardships of other families who have members with disabilities or special needs. The term, "special needs", includes physical, mental, emotional, behavioral and/or academic issues.

Families Helping Families Region 7 is affiliated with the Statewide Family Resource Network which has established family-directed centers in every region of Louisiana.  These centers are unique because they are directed and staffed by parents and family members of individuals with disabilities or special needs.

Families Helping Families Region 7 is a family directed resource center for families who have children with disabilities or special needs, adults with disabilities or special needs and professionals.

Families Helping Families Region 7 staff are available to answer questions and provide support.

 

Disability Rights Day - April 5, 2016

Hundreds of LaCAN members from every region of the state gathered at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 5th to participate in the Council’s annual Disability Rights Day. Members formed small teams to visit with their regional legislators sharing this year’s message, "We’re not an OPTION. We’re a PRIORITY," along with fact sheets detailing the importance and necessity of funding for various supports and services that people with disabilities need to live in their own homes and be fully participating members of their communities. Many of these services are in jeopardy of cuts and/or elimination in the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) due to the budget shortfall.

At noon members converged on the Capitol steps for a rally program which was highlighted by the first-ever appearance of a Louisiana Governor. Governor John Bel Edwards spoke to the crowd, committing to work to protect disability services, and encouraging advocates to continue their work in sharing their stories and educating him and members of the legislature.

Photo Gallery of Disability Rights Day April 2016

Mission
Families Helping Families Region 7 mission is to provide information and referral, education and training and peer to peer support to individuals with disabilities or special needs and their families.
Vision
Families Helping Families Region 7 vision is to strengthen, support, and empower individuals with disabilities or special needs and their families.