Navigating + Advocating = SUCCESS

June 2016 success storyAs a family who was relocating to the area, we were overwhelmed trying to navigate the school system. With two young special needs children, we felt like all of our work on our kids was being erased and we were falling down a deep dark rabbit hole until we found Families Helping Families/Jefferson Parish.

We had contacted several agencies but only FHFJ responded without hesitation. Within a few days we were contacted by several FHFJ staff members and connected with an abundance of resources including other families and support groups. Our Education Advocate, Shanida Mathieu, went the extra mile and didn’t just help us understand the IEP process but attended our IEP meeting with us.

We got honest talk and committed advocacy and within three days our child was enrolled in a school after what seemed like an impossible task. We could have not done it without the support and expertise of such wonderful families wrapping their arms around us in support and arming us with vital information.


Roby, Chris, Antonio & Jayden