Families Helping Families of Greater New Orleans

Families Helping Families gives parents of children with disabilities knowledge, support and confidence, always free of charge. Your tax deductible donation will help us continue providing support to the over 6,000 request we receive annually.


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Category: Human Services
Parish: Jefferson
What we do:

As your resource center, we are here to provide you with the information you need to make decisions for yourself or your children with disabilities. We like to consider ourselves a one stop shop for information, referral, education, training and peer to peer support.

*We answer questions and provide assistance for any disability, any age.
*We can teach you to advocate for yourself or your child and over time your child will learn to self - advocate.
*We help you navigate support systems and overcome challenges in these settings.

Our 3 Core Programs are:

Peer To Peer Support:
This is the #1 reason families call us. Everyone needs someone to talk to when they are dealing with challenges in their lives. Frequently parents of children with disabilities don't have family or friends that understand these challenges. When new parents call us their first response is "wow, you get it". As parents we know firsthand what it's like to raise a child with a disability. We understand the initial grieving process and the eventual amazement the child brings to your family.

Information and Referral:
We provide information about disabilities and direct you to the resources you need for services or additional information.

Education and Training:
Workshops and trainings are coordinated and presented on topics relevant to the issues facing persons with disabilities and their families. Topics include Basic Special Education Rights, Individualized Education Plans (IEPS), Transition Planning, Early Intervention, Discipline, Behavior Rights, Organizational Skills, Communication Skills, Special Needs Trust, Age of Majority Planning, Disability Specific Topics and more. If you have a topic you think would be of interest to other families or professionals, let us know and we are always looking to provide new topics to you.
Families Helping Families staff spent time teaching me how to understand my son with special needs, guide me through the process of getting him evaluated and how to understand the IEP process and accommodations. Thanks to them he's been on the A/B honor roll and doing wonderful in school. ~ A.A.

Don't know what we would do without you - and don't want to find out! FHF is the best! ~ M.J.

FHF is a great resource that I depend on immensely. ~ L.L.

Thanks to FHF, I was given support that helped my granddaughter have a position transition into a new school. ~ E.T.

Thank you for your invaluable service. I hope FHF continues to grow, serving the community of so many people needing encouragement, support, education, and hope. ~ M.D.

FHF is a one-stop shop for families and individuals with Special Needs. The office/services have been most helpful to our family for many years as our son is an adult. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and willing to assist. I constantly refer others to FHF for various types of services/information. FHF is a valuable resource to the community. ~ K.E.

Thank you for all the information you provide. Love Families Helping Families! This is an excellent organization. ~ A.B.

Thank you for always assisting individuals with disabilities to have productive and meaningful lives in the community. Your ongoing support has helped so many individuals throughout the many years. Your staff always ensures the individuals' needs are being met. ~ B.G.

I have referred numerous people to FHF, either personally or professionally through my Consulting Company. Everyone who has provided me with feedback has expressed great appreciation and positive remarks regarding Families Helping Families of Jefferson. ~ E.J.

Thanks to FHF for helping me get things done. I can now fulfill my dream of returning to college. As a woman with blindness, many doubted this but they were there with me through the whole process. ~ J.V.

Thanks for all you do for families and individuals with disabilities to support and inform us. ~ anonymous


Read our success stories on our website at https://fhfofgno.org/category/our-scrapbook