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
BR Foster Moms

Contact: Susan Naquin

Phone: 1-985-212-4684
Email: susan.naquin1@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2061079200649837

BR Foster Moms is a page where foster parents can come no matter what stage their little ones are in. The mission of this group is to support, encourage, and care for one another through each individual's journey through foster care. The goal for this group is to grow in size, and eventually meet in person for monthly support groups. Please use the Facebook page to introduce yourself, share some of your journey, and ask for encouragement for your specific needs.Baton Rouge
Empower 225

Contact: Ariel Green
Phone: 1-225-771-9985
Empower225: 1-225-236-5429
Email: ariel.green@empower225.org
Email: info@empower225.org
Street Address: 4829 Winbourne Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70805
Mailing Address: 8733 Siegen Lane, PMB 365, Baton Rouge, LA 70810
Website: www.empower225.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Empower225
We are a non-profit organization in the Greater Baton Rouge area that is dedicated to empowering individuals, families, and communities in disadvantaged areas by providing and coordinating supportive services and referrals.

Basic Center Program provides counseling, family vents, safe and stable housing, mentors, emotional support, education, and recreational activities.
Email: Center@Empower225.org
Baton Rouge
Foster Village of Baton Rouge

Contact: Janay 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/
We provide 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
TFV – The Family Village Resource Center

32470 Walker North Rd.,
Walker La 70785
Contact: Shayna Landry
Phone: 1 (225) 283-6297
Email: admin@tfvwalker.org


Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/TheFosterVillage

Web: TFVWalker.org
Provides clothing, hygiene needs, basic needs, toiletries, fidgets, and sensory kits.Covington
Moving Mountains Ministry

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

Web: MovingMountainsLa.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.
Southeast Louisiana
Project 2.5+ at North Monroe, Foster Closet

Contact: Anthony Bartley
Phone: 1 (318) 953-4533

Facebook: Facebook.com/thefosterclosetatnorthmonroe
The Foster Closet provides furniture and other items for foster families and children in care.Monroe
The LoveWell Center at the Well

413 N. Homer Street
Ruston, LA 71270

Phone: 1 (318) 232-2865
Email: info@thewellnla.com
Web: https://www.thewellnla.com
Facebook: Facebook.com/thewellnla
A "community pantry" that provides basic food items for families in need.Monroe
The Foster Hope Alliance

Facebook: Facebook.com/TheFosterHopeAlliance
Email: FosterHopeAlliance@yahoo.com
Supports foster families and connects them to resources in the Monroe regionMonroe
Project Restore, Morehouse Parish in the Genesis Center in Bastrop

Facebook: Facebook.com/CCNELA
Phone: 1 (318) 202-9197 (Call and make an appointment)
This foster closet provides clothing, diapers, and other basic items for children in foster care.Monroe
Royal Family Kids NELA

Email: rfknela@yahoo.com

Facebook: Facebook.com/RFKNELA
Provides a week-long, faith-based summer camp for children ages 6-12 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
Beulah's Safe Haven

Facebook: Facebook.com/beulahsafehaven
Serves girls aging out of careShreveport
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
Grace Foster Closet at Springhill

Contact: Christina Harris
Email: christina.sherman17@yahoo.com

Provides clothing, diapers, and other basic items for children in care.Shreveport
Emmanuel Foster Care Closet

5850 Buncombe Road
Shreveport, LA 71129

Phone: 1 (318) 464-2615
Provides clothing, diapers, and other basic items for children in care.Shreveport
Faith and Fostering

Phone: 1 (318) 422-2475

Facebook: Facebook.com/faithandfostering
Provides transitional housing and independent living training to children who are aging out of care, and community volunteers offer support to ensure their success.Shreveport
Goodwill Industries' Life Skills Training for Foster Youth

Contact: Sonya Jones
Email: shall@goodwillnla.org
Provides life skills training to teens in foster care ages 14 to 17.Shreveport
Purchased: Not for Sale / Reclaimed Day Program

Complete a referral form if you know someone who could benefit from the this program: Referral Form
Meets Monday through Thursday from 9AM to 2:30PM. The program includes counseling, mentorship, group trauma therapy, recovery classes and life experience classes.Shreveport
Unite - A Fostering Ministry

Facebook: Facebook.com/unitefostercare
Partnering with businesses, organizations, and individuals to create a "foster friendly" Louisiana.Shreveport
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
Tangipahoa Foster Parent Association Resource Center

Contact: Lashaun Nicholson, President
Phone: 1-951-662-1135
Email: lashaunnicholson@gmail.com
Tangipahoa Parish
Finding Hope Foster Parent Support Group

Contact: Teisha Gilmore
Facebook Support Group for Covington Area:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/792381384944860
St. Tammany Parish
Northshore Foster Parent Support Group

Contact: Brittany Michael
Email: BrittsMichael@gmail.com
Facebook Support Group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/northshoresupportgroup
Southeast Louisiana
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 - The Foster Care Support Ministry of Louisiana Baptist Children's Home

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

www.LBCH.org
Facebook: Facebook.com/connect127.org
We serve children in foster care through the recruitment and support of foster families and the creation of foster care ministries in local churches.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
Our Savior's Church

Contact: Angela Gagliano
Phone: 1 (337) 278-4994
Email: angela.gagliano@oscfamily.com
Web: https://www.oursaviorschurch.com
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
Loving Our Community's Children (LOCC)/Foster Closet

Contact: Sinead Holleran
10757 Airline Hwy
Gonzales, LA 70737
Phone: 1-225-283-6279
Thibodaux
Foster the Love, Thibodaux

Contact: Chelsea Breaux
Phone: 1 (985) 856-9825
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.Thibodaux
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

Disaster Recovery Resources for Foster Caregivers Learn more