Who We Are


Welcome to Families Helping Families of Greater New Orleans!

Families Helping Families of Greater New Orleans (FHF of GNO) is a family directed resource center serving the entire state of Louisiana since 1991.  We provide peer to peer support, information, resources, and training on disability/special health care need and special education topics.  FHF of GNO is also home to the Louisiana Parent Training and Information Center, a federal education grant that provides training and support to families throughout Louisiana on special education and transition topics.

In 1989, the Louisiana Legislature enacted the Community and Family Support Act 378 in response to a grassroots effort by parents seeking resources for their children with disabilities or special health care need.  Parents wanted the option to care for their children in their home and not forced to live in an institution.  Research shows that the state saves substantial funds by caring for individuals with disabilities in their home and community versus large institutional settings.

Families Helping Families Resource Centers now has ten centers serving families across Louisiana. The centers are unique to Louisiana. Staff in our office have a family member with a disability or special health care need or is an individual with a disability or special health care need. These individuals have a combination of real-life experience and training to help assist parents and others to navigate the service delivery systems they are often dependent on to meet the unique needs of their family.  Also, a majority of our board members must have a child with a disability or special health care need.

Every child and adult with a disability or special health care need have a family. We understand that the family as a whole is important and that each family member is impacted by the needs of the family member with a disability or special health care need.  We work to address the health of each family member and the family unit. Because of our own life experiences, we understand the challenges a family faces and are committed to reaching out to other families with similar experiences.

Families Helping Families of Greater New Orleans is YOUR resource center.  Our goal is to provide you with knowledge, support, and confidence, always free of charge!

Mary Jacob
Executive Director

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