Support and Resources for Foster Caregivers

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Support and Resource Organizations for Foster Caregivers

The organizations in the chart below offer support and services for Louisiana’s foster caregivers, relative caregivers, and children in foster care.

OrganizationsSupports and ServicesRegion
Foster the Love, Louisiana

P.O. Box 53593
Lafayette, LA 70505
Phone: 1 (337) 205-2155
connect@fosterthelovela.org

www.fosterthelovela.org
Foster the Love, Louisiana exists to provide support and resources to the foster community, focusing on the Acadiana area. The organization's mission is to care for the children in the Louisiana foster system, support the families that care for these children, and educate the community on the needs of the foster care system.Acadiana
Foster Village of Ascension Parish

Contact: Sinead Holleran
10757 Airline Hwy
Gonzales, LA 70737

Phone: 1-225-283-6297

Ascension
Foster Village of Baton Rouge

Contact: Traci Jones-Clark
2791 O'Neal Lane
Baton Rouge, LA 70816

Phone: 1-225-431-0846
Email: info@fostervillagebatonrouge.org
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/fostervillagebatonrouge
Meets basic needs of foster families, provides therapeutic support and community engagement focused on foster care. A support group meets the 3rd Thursday of each month from 6 PM to 7:30 PM.Baton Rouge
Foster Village of Walker

32470 Walker North Road
Walker, LA 70785
Contact: Shayna Landry (certified foster caregiver)
Phone: 1-225-283-6297
Email: thefostervillage.tfv@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheFosterVillage/
The Foster Village provides clothing, hygiene needs, basic needs, toiletries, fidgets, sensory kits.Baton Rouge
Northshore Enduring Hope

70271 Hwy 59, Suite C
Abita Spring, LA
Contact: Doree Kelly (certified foster caregiver)
Phone: 1-504-339-1382
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Nonprofit-Organization/Northshore-Enduring-Hope-419190745129541/
Provides resources for children in foster care and foster caregivers including school uniforms, bedding, clothing, shoes, and school suppliesCovington
James Samaritan

1 N. Marigold Drive
Covington, LA 70433
Phone: 1-985-888-6100
Email: staci@jamessamaritan.org
Web: https://www.jamessamaritan.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BeAJamesSamaritan/
Provides physical and relationship support from crib to college for children, foster families and transitional youths within foster care through the creation of partnerships with other organizations.Covington
Moving Mountains Ministry

Kentwood LA 70444
Contact: Ellen Burford
Phone: 1 (985) 969-0855
Email: movingmountainsla@gmail.com

Web: MovingMountainMinistry.com

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/MovingMountainsLA
Provides closing and supplies for children in foster care and foster caregivers. Main focus is to assist current foster families while raising awareness of the need for more foster families inthe Tangipahoa and Washington Parish area.Covington
One Heart NOLA

930 Ave G
Marrero, LA 70072
Contact: Terri Hrabovsky, Director
Email: teri@oneheartnola.com
Phone: 1-504-957-9224

Web: www.oneheartnola.com

Facebook: OneHeartNOLA
One Heart NOLA provides furniture, clothing, infant items, senior expenses and assistance for youth aging out of foster care. Provides foster parent one-on-one support.

One Heart NOLA is a faith based 501c3 non-profit organization that serves the Greater New Orleans area. One Heart Nola's mission is to demonstrate the love of God by providing necessary resources to children and families in crisis. For more than 10 years, One Heart Nola has rallied local churches, businesses, civic groups and individuals to pick up the mantle and provide for the most vulnerable in our city.
Greater New Orleans
Project 2.5 Plus, Foster Closet

Contact: Anthony Bartley
Phone: 1 (318) 953-4533
The Foster Closet provides furniture and other items for foster families and children in care.Monroe
Royal Family Kids NELA

Contact: Margie Nielson
Phone: (318) 215-7070
Email: rfknela@yahoo.com

Web: www.RFK.org/locations/louisiana/
Provides a week-long camp for children in foster care.Monroe
Unite Ministries

231 Morgan Ct
Benton LA 71006
Contact: Tony Streetman
Email: TonyStreetman@uniteministries-louisiana.org
Email: info@uniteministries-louisiana.org
Phone: 1 (501)952-4839
Unite MInistries operates the Heart Gallery and a nonprofit which collects donations to meet the need of foster families.Shreveport
Brookwood Child Advocacy Team - Brookwood Baptist Church
9014 Brookwood Church Way
Shreveport, LA 71106
Contact: Melinda Wallace
Email: melinda.wallace@vyfla.org
Provides a "wrap around" service to foster familiesShreveport
Faith and Fostering

Phone: 1 (318) 422-2475

www.faithandfostering.org
Provides transitional housing and independent living training to children who are aging out of careShreveport
Word of God Ministries

6645 W Bert Kouns Ind Loop
Shreveport, LA 71129
Contact: Kim Banks
Email: kim.banks@wogm.com
Provides training and community resourcesShreveport
Crossroads NOLA

5290 Canal Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70124
Contact: Shelby Baird
Email: shelby@crossroadsnola.org
Phone: 1-504-482-9135
Fax: 1 (504) 482-5650

www.crossroadsnola.org
The mission of Crossroads NOLA is to connect children in foster care to the families, individuals, and opportunities they need to thrive. We recruit new foster families from local churches, develop them into competent caregivers for kids from hard places through training in TBRI®, and support them through the ups and downs of their journey as foster parents.

Register for TBRI online classes: https://crossroadsnola.org/tbri-fridays-register/
Southeast Louisiana
Louisiana Children in Families InstituteStatewide
Brave Heart

3636 S Sherwood Forest Blvd.
Suite 690 H
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
Phone: 1 (225) 778-7338
info@braveheartchildren.org

www.braveheartchildren.org
Brave Heart provides backpacks with toiletries and small gifts for children entering foster care. Provides life book supplies for children in foster care.Statewide
The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Information Center of Louisiana

7325 Caprice Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70812
Phone: 1 (225) 810-3555

www.lagrg.org

The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Information Center of Louisiana offers both information and support to kinship caregivers and their families. The GRGICL has audio tapes, video tapes, books, referral sources that you may find valuable, and access to expert advice on legal matters such as custody laws, the establishment of legal guardianship, and adoption.Statewide
Connect 1:27 - Louisiana Baptist Children's Home

Contact: Kerri Byrd, kerri@LBCH.org
Contact: Christy Goodwin
Email: christy@LBCH.org

www.LBCH.org
Provides orientations, "A Journey Home" trainings, home studies, TBRI, support and other training events.Statewide
Tristate Fostering

Contact: Jennifer Peak (certified foster caregiver)
Phone: 1-225-505-9401
Email: tristatefostering@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Tri-State-Fostering-489733624870725/
Provides supplies for general needs and Easter baskets for children in foster care; basic life support training (if CPR certification is required, caregivers must go through Red Cross Certification). Community engagement to raise awareness of foster care, Christmas brunch toy drives and birthday baskets for children in foster careStatewide
The Extra Mile - Family Resource Center

Contact: Evangeline Boudreaux
Phone: 1 (337) 277-2489
Email: evangelingb@bellsouth.net
Lafayette
Riverside Church of Christ

Contact: Danny Hebert
Phone: 1 (337) 344-4901
Email: dhebert@riversidechurchofchrist.org
Lafayette
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
"I AM" Ministry

Contact: Carlita Babineaux, Chairperson
800 12th St.
Lafayette, LA 70501
Phone: 1 (337) 280-2507
Email: cbabineaka@aol.com
Helps fund foster parent appreciation events; Assists on as-needed basis with funding for special needs and/or activities for children in foster care not covered by DCFS. Sponsors recruitment activities at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.Lafayette
Foster the Love

Contact: Heather Meylian
Phone: 1 (337) 230-6658
Email: heather.duhon@fosterthelovela.org
Lafayette

Resources from Louisiana State Agencies and Organizations

The state agencies and organizations listed below provide foster care-related information from their web sites.

Louisiana Child Welfare Training Academy
DCFS, The Foster Parent Handbook For The Foster and Adoptive Families Of Louisiana – 123 pages
DCFS, Foster/Adoptive Parent Informational Handbook – 12 pages
Louisiana Fosters

National Resources For Foster Caregivers

The national organizations listed below provide information and support for foster caregivers and relative caregivers.

National Foster Parent Association
Supports for Foster Families from the Children’s Bureau