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The following organizations throughout Louisiana offer resources and support to help foster/kinship caregivers care for children and youth in the foster care system.

 

Statewide

 

Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home

Connect 1:27 Ministries

Recruits and supports foster families statewide. Completes home studies for foster parent applicants. Sponsors no-cost professional training for DCFS staff and foster parents. Provides community activities for foster families. Works with churches throughout Louisiana to establish foster care support ministries for foster families in the church’s communities. Offers free ministry kits to churches interested in establishing foster/adoption support ministries. Hosts foster family fun days each fall.

Dr. Perry Hancock, President & C.E.O.

Margie Nielson, Contact Person

7200 DeSiard Street, Monroe, LA  71203

Phone: (318) 343-2244

Email:  Margie@lbch.org

Website: www.lbch.org; www.connect127.org

 

HP Serve/LA Heart Gallery

Recruits and supports foster care and adoption statewide. Oversees Heart Galleries throughout Louisiana.

Claudia Berry & Aimee Poché, Directors

19202 Highland Road, Baton Rouge, LA  70809

Phone: (225) 445-4485

Email: claudia.berry@hpserve.org; louisianaheartgallery@hpserve.org

 

Louisiana Foster & Adoptive Parent Association

State Foster/Adoptive Parent Association provides training, funding and support to local foster/adoptive parent associations. Provides educational scholarships for youth aging out of foster care.

Peggy Kirby, Director

5200 Northeast Road, Monroe, LA  71203

Phone: (318) 614-8177

Email: kirp50@juno.com

 

Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home

Recruits statewide therapeutic foster homes and provides faith-based community recruitment and support of foster families. Promotes statewide involvement of United Methodist Churches with The Open Table, a support ministry for youth aging out of foster care. Provides Independent Living Services for young adults who have aged out of foster care.

Rick Wheat, President & C.E.O.

Phone: (318) 255-5020

P.O. Box 929, Ruston, LA  71273

Ph:  318.255.5020

Email: rick.wheat@lmch.org

Website: http://www.lmch.org/

 

Bread or Stones Campaign of

Louisiana Interchurch Conference

Promotes child well-being throughout churches of all denominations in Louisiana with an emphasis on prenatal health, nutrition, foster care and youth aging out of foster care. Works with churches to recruit foster families and establish support ministries. Website lists resources for families throughout the state.

Samuel Rottman, Coordinator

527 North Blvd., 4th Floor, Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Phone: (334) 730-8303

Email: samuelrottman@gmail.com

Website: www.breadorstones.com

 

The Open Table

Work with churches and community organizations to implement The Open Table Model, a support ministry for youth and young adults that have aged out of the foster care system to assist them in developing and implementing life plans.

Jon Katov, Founder & CEO

Email: jon@theopenopentable.org

Phone: (602) 793-0533

Website: www.theopentable.org

 

Brave Heart

Provides backpacks with toiletries and small gifts for children entering foster care. Provides life book supplies for children in foster care.

3636 S Sherwood Forest Blvd. Suite 690 H

Baton Rouge, LA 70816

Ph: (225) 778-7338

Email: info@braveheartchildren.org

Website: www.braveheartchildren.org

 

Alexandria Region

 

Helpless No More Foster/Adopt Ministry

Recruits, supports and trains foster and adoptive parents in the Alexandria area. Meets individual needs of youth aging out of foster care. Hosts quarterly foster parent nights out.

Ashley LaCour, Director

c/o Alpine Baptist Church

7215 Shreveport Highway, Pineville, LA  71360

Ph: (318) 451-4440

Email: aklacour@hotmail.com

 

Fostering Community

Sponsors Alexandria region Louisiana Heart Gallery for children awaiting adoption. Sponsors foster care supply closet located at Alexandria Regional Office, 900 Murray St. Alexandria, La. Sponsors The Foster Care Closet located at First Methodist Church of Alexandria, 2727 Jackson Street Alexandria, La.

Andria Fontenot, Director

Phone: (318) 446-0403

 

CASA of Alexandria

Provides Christmas gifts for children in foster care. Provides funding for annual foster parent banquet and gifts for foster parents.

Wade Bond, Contact Person

2004 Jackson St, Alexandria, LA 71301

Phone: (318) 445-5678

 

St. James Episcopal Church

Sponsors The Open Table, a wrap-around mentoring program to support youth and young adults who have aged out of foster care.

Joy Owensby, Contact person

1620 Murray Street, Alexandria, LA 71301

Phone: (318) 445-9845

Email: JOwensby@diocesewla.org

 

Baton Rouge Region

 

First Baptist Foster Care Support

Sponsors foster care supply closet located at DCFS Baton Rouge Regional Office at 160 South Ardenwood Drive. Includes clothing, infant supplies, bedding and toiletries. Assists with individual needs of children in care on “as needed” basis.

Marissa Wilson, Director

529 Convention Street, Baton Rouge, LA  70802

Phone: (225) 343-0397

Email: marrisa@lbch.org

 

Healing Place Church

Sponsors annual Christmas party for foster children and the children of foster parents.  Assists on as-needed basis with funding for special needs or activities for children in foster care.

Claudia Berry, Contact Person

19202 Highland Road, Baton Rouge, LA  70809

Phone: (225) 445-4485

 

Belfair Baptist Church

Sponsors The Open Table, a wrap- around mentoring program to support youth and young adults who have aged out of foster care.

Rev. Jon Bennett

4444 Fairfields Ave., Baton Rouge, LA  70802

Phone: (225) 355-9870

 

Istrouma Baptist Church

Sponsors The Open Table, a wrap- around mentoring program to support youth and young adults who have aged out of foster care.

Terry Bracey, Director of Local Missions

10500 Sam Rushing Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70816

Phone: (225) 295-0775

Email: tbracey@istrouma.org

 

Revival Temple

Sponsors Royal Family Kids Camp, week-long, overnight camps for children in foster care, ages 6-12 in the Baton Rouge region.

Jeff & Robin Day, Camp Directors

28521 Walker Road South, Walker, LA 70785

Ph: (225) 329-9660

 

Covington Region

 

James Store House

Provides resources such as clothes, furniture, bedding, and infant needs for children in foster care. Provides resources for youth aging out of foster care. Assists on as-needed basis with funding for special needs and/or activities for children in foster care.

Kim Bigler, Director

3979 Highway 190, Ste E, Covington, LA  70433

Ph: (310) 774-1753 or (985) 888-6100

Email: kim@bigler.com

 

Souls Harbor Worship Center

Sponsors Royal Family Kids Camp, weeklong, overnight camps for children in foster care, ages 6-12.

Camp Directors: John & Julie Wondergem

P.O. Box 961, Covington, LA 70434

Ph: (985) 377-2891

 

Lafayette Region

 

Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church

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.

“I AM” Ministry - Carlita Babineaux, Chairperson

800 12th St., Lafayette, LA 70501

Ph: (337) 235-7843

Email: cbabineaka@aol.com

 

Our Savior’s Church

Provides refreshments for monthly foster parent training. Sponsors special events for foster families. Assists on as-needed basis with funding for special needs and/or activities for children in foster care.

Angela Gagliano, Contact Person

1201 E. Broussard Rd., Lafayette, LA

Ph: (337) 278-4994

 

Foster Friends

Provides Christmas gifts for children in foster care in the Acadiana area. Provides birthday gifts and sweet treats for children in the Acadiana area.

Tami Richard, Contact Person

Phone: (337) 205-8005

Website: fosterfriendsacadiana.org

 

Riverside Church

Sponsors Christmas presents for children in relative placements. Provides needed items such as appliances, furniture, bedding, etc. for foster families. Assists on as-needed basis with funding for special needs and/or activities for children in foster care.

Danny Hebert, Contact Person

111 Camellia Blvd., Lafayette, LA 70503

Phone: (337) 984-2035

 

Lake Charles Region

 

Trinity Baptist FAM(Foster/Adopt Ministry)

Provides foster care and adoption recruitment and support. Provides adoption grants and assistance with funding for special activities for children and foster families.

Kelly Berryhill, Director

2300 North Kingswood, Lake Charles, LA  70605

Ph: (337) 274-0044

Email: kberryhill@signsnowlc.com

 

Southwest Contraband Kiwanis

Provides gifts for foster children and assistance with funding special activities for children and foster families.

Carolyn Marcantel, Contact Person

Ph:  (337) 405-8199

Email: cmarcantel@streamcompany.com

 

Cowboy Church

Purchases needed items or funds special activities for children in foster care; hosts annual foster family dinner that includes horse riding and games for children.

Anncie Wright - Contact Person

Email: awrigght@tarverautomotive.com

 

AmeriCorps, City of Lake Charles

Provides funding for foster family appreciation events. Sponsors training for foster parents.

Alicia Stevens, Contact Person

Phone: (337) 513-2521

 

KPLC TV-7

Britney Glaser Felder, Contact Person

Produces “The Family Tree,” a weekly news segment featuring children needing forever families. Presents quarterly news segment promoting the need for foster homes in the Lake Charles region.

Office Phone: 337) 437-7569

Cell Phone: (337) 304-6435

Email: bglaser@kplctv.com

 

Shady Grove Baptist-Pitken

Sponsors Royal Family Kids Camp, week-long, overnight camps for children in foster care, ages 6-12 in Lake Charles Region

Kimberly Marley, Camp Director

Ph: (337) 375-8262

 

Grace Church - De Ridder

Provides annual Christmas party with sit-down dinner for foster parents, special entertainment and gifts for children.

Jerri Johnson, Contact Person

Ph:  (337) 370-0794

 

Jr. League of Lake Charles

Provides gift bags, including pajamas, toys and toiletries for children entering foster care.

Marsha Williams-Mouser, Contact Person

Phone: (337) 348-9978

 

Monroe Region

 

White’s Ferry Rd. COC Project 2.5

Provides foster care support, including parent nights out. Hosts Foster Care Supply House that offers clothing, furniture, school supplies, baby items, etc. at 110 Kings Lane, West Monroe, La.  71292

Anthony Bartley, Director

3117 N. 7th St., West Monroe, LA  71291

Ph: (318) 953.4533

Email: project2.5plus@gmail.com

 

The Bridge

Hosts monthly foster family dinners. Sponsors monthly foster parent support group. Sponsors training for foster parents. Assists with funding for special needs and/or activities for children in foster care.

Tara Stone, Director

500 W. Georgia, Ruston, LA  71270

Phone: (318) 957-0551

Email: tstone910@gmail.com  

 

Seeker Springs Ministries

Provides summer day camps for children in foster care.

Provides weekend sibling camps for siblings in foster care. Provides weekend camps for foster youth.

Elizabeth McFarland, Director

Ph: (318) 249-4495

Email: Elizabeth@seekersprings.com

 

First Baptist Monroe

Provides meeting space for DCFS and foster family support activities. Participates in The Open Table, a wrap-around mentoring program to support youth and young adults who have aged out of foster care.

Glenn Rountree, Contact Person

201 Saint John Street, Monroe, LA71201

Ph: (318) 325.3126

Email: glenn.r.rountree@gmail.com

 

St. Thomas Episcopal Church

Participates in The Open Table, a wrap-around mentoring program to support youth and young adults who have aged out of foster care.

Rev. Dawnell Stodhill

3706 Bon Aire Drive, Monroe, LA 71203

Ph: (318) 348-4164

Email: dawnells@aol.com

 

Christ Episcopal Church

Participates in The Open Table, a wrap-around mentoring program to support youth and young adults who have aged out of foster care.

Rev. Christie Fleming

204 S. Locust St., Bastrop, LA 71220

Ph: (318) 281.5276

Email: revchristie@suddenlinkmail.com

 

First West Baptist – West Monroe

Hosts foster parent nights out. Hosts training for DCFS staff and foster families. Sponsors foster parent appreciation banquet and provides childcare for the banquet.

Kelli DeBord - Contact Person

Phone: (318) 322-5104

Email: KDebord@firstwest.cc

 

Victory Baptist-Monroe

Sponsors Royal Family Kids Camp, week-long, overnight camps for children in foster care, ages 6-12.

Margie Nielson, Camp Director

Phone: (318) 376-3190

Email: Margie@lbch.org

 

Rolling Hills Thrift Store

Provides $50 shopping voucher for foster families.

3487 Highway 33 Ruston, La.

Phone: (318) 251-0065

 

Orleans Region

 

One Heart NOLA

Provides resources, such as clothes, furniture, bedding, and infant needs for children in foster care. Provides resources for youth aging out of foster care; Covers senior year expenses for youth in care, such as class rings and graduation expenses. Provides computers for foster youth attending college. Assists with funding for special needs and activities for children in foster care. Provides snacks at DCFS offices for children who are there for meetings.

Terry Hrabovsky, Director

4452 Markham Ave., Jefferson, LA  70121

Phone: (504) 957-9224

Email: teri@oneheartnola.com

 

NOLA Hope Foster Parent Association

Provides supportive services to children in foster care and family support services such as furniture, toys, books and movie gift cards.

Monica Fernande, President

Phone: 504-957-9224

 

New Orleans Foster Parent Association

Provides supportive services and training for foster parents. Provides school supplies for children in care, as well as Christmas toys and gift cards for children and youth in the New Orleans area.

Antionette  Ackerson , President

Phone: (504) 214-2700

 

CASA Jefferson

Purchases school supplies, luggage, books, toys and gift cards for children and youth in foster care in the Jefferson Parish area.

Rosana Gonzalez, Contact Person

Phone: (504) 533-8757

Email: rgonzalez@casajefferson.org

 

Crossroads NOLA

Provides recruitment, training and support to foster families. Provides professional training for DCFS staff. Sponsors foster parent support groups in New Orleans and Covington Regions. Works with churches to develop foster care support ministries.

Anna Palmer, Executive Director

5290 Canal Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70124

Phone: (504) 482.9135

Email: anna@crossroadsnola.org

Website: www.crossroadsnola.org

 

Shreveport Region

 

Fashioned for a Home Foster/Adopt Support Ministry & Emmanuel Foster Care Closet

Sponsors foster care supply closet that includes clothing for children of all ages, furniture, sports equipment, school uniforms and baby items. Provides three-day bags for children just entering foster care that includes toiletries, pajamas and an age-appropriate toy. Assists with individual needs of children in care.

Lucy Johnson, Contact Person

Emmanuel Baptist Church

5850 Buncombe Rd., Shreveport, LA 71129

Phone: (318) 464-2614

 

Cypress Baptist Clothing Closet

Foster care supply closet that includes clothing for children of all ages, furniture and baby items.

Megan Barker

4701 Palmetto Rd., Benton, LA 71006

Phone: (318) 680-8222

 

First Assembly of God

Royal Family Kids Camp

Week long, overnight camps for children in foster care, ages 6-12 in the Shreveport region.

Sandra Samuel, Camp Director

407 Fort Street, Minden, LA 71055

Phone: (318) 707-4726

 

The Hub

Provides wrap-around services for victims of sex trafficking, including in-home services to foster parents to preserve placements. Assists with school needs, counseling and transportation.

Cassie Hammett, Director

605 Cotton St., Shreveport, LA 71101

Phone: (318) 606-2518

 

Bossier Kids, Inc.

Recruits, certifies and supports foster families in the Shreveport area. Provides meeting space for foster family activities.

2125 Airline Dr., Bossier City, LA 71111

Phone: (318) 741-1934

 

North Point Community Church

Hosts a foster parent support group that is open to all foster parents in the Shreveport Region. It meets the first Tuesday of each month. Sponsors the North Point Community Church Foster Family Fun Day (2-4 times a year).

Michelle and Beau Wallace, Contact Persons

4204 Airline Dr. Bossier City, LA 71111

Phone: (417) 522-8668

 

Geaux Bags

Provides backpacks that include pajamas, undergarments, toiletries, socks, shirts and a comfort item, such as a stuffed animal for children and a journal for youth.

K.C. Kilpatrick, Executive Director

NWLA Family Justice Center

1531 Doctors Drive, Bossier City, LA 71111

www.geauxbags.org

 

Thibodaux Region

 

First Baptist Houma-Fostering Hope SOLA

Provides meeting space for DCFS events. Assists with funding for special needs and activities for children in foster care.

Marci Brunet

4863 West Park Ave., Houma, LA  70364

Ph: (985) 851-2520

Email: fosteringhopesola@gmail.com