Louisiana Association of Children & Family Agencies - LACFA
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Louisiana Association of Children & Family Agencies

We believe that our greatest challenges as a profession are ahead of us as we begin to navigate through the dramatic changes occurring in service delivery for our most vulnerable children and their families. At no greater time in our history do we recognize that there is significant value in joining forces, forging relationships and developing from one another’s talents and ideas. For more than 40 years, LACFA has been providing important avenues for advocacy, networking, and professional development.

LACCA, the Louisiana Association of Child Care Agencies, adopted the name, the Louisiana Association of Children and Family Agencies (LACFA), to more accurately represent the range of services provided by its members to at­­-risk children and their families.  


Members of LACFA

receive a 25% discount

off accreditation & re-accreditation fees through the 

Council on Accreditation!

Louisiana savings

since 2013 - $47,544+ 












Welcome new LACFA Members!

The Louis Childrens Crisis Center

P. O. Box 2866, Houma, LA 70361

Office: (985)872-4984 

National Youth Advocacy Program, NYAP

Louisiana location(s) TBD 

START Corporation 

420 Magnolia Street, Houma, LA 70360

Office: (985) 879-3966 

The Center for Children & Families

622 Riverside Drive, Monroe, LA 71203

Office: (318) 398-0945


Annual Membership Meeting held in June 2019:

LACFA Board Officer Elections were held.

We are pleased to announce our newly elected and appointed Board:


President: Kim Rister

Vice President: Charles "Kevin" Champagne

Secretary: Mamie Moses

Treasurer: Damon McCann

Member at Large: Colleen Hurst

Member at Large: Marcus Alexander


Recent LACFA-hosted Training

in partnership with LA Healthcare Connections:

When: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 (9:00AM - 4:00PM)

Where: EBRPSS Professional Development Center (PDC)

             3000 N. Sherwood Forest

             Baton Rouge, LA 70814

Registration/Networking- (9:00-9:20AM) 

Session 1- (9:30-11:00AM)

Adverse Childhood Experience Study

Presenter: Joshua Smith, PhD, LPC

1.5 Clinical CE Hours (will be provided through LA Healthcare Connections)

Session 2- (11:15-12:45PM)

Strengths Perspective

Presenter: Shantelle Jacobs, MA, LPC

1.5 Clinical CE Hours (will be provided through LA Healthcare Connections)

Lunch will be provided for all full-day attendees- (12:45-1:15PM)

Session 3- (1:15-2:45PM)

Positive Psychology

Presenter: Joshua Smith, PhD, LPC

1.5 Clinical CE Hours (will be provided through LA Healthcare Connections)

Session 4- (3:00-4:30PM) 

Trauma Informed Care

Presenter: Shantelle Jacobs, MA, LPC

1.5 Clinical CE Hours (will be provided through LA Healthcare Connections)


Register Now: (Go to our RESOURCE PAGE/Event tab for details, options, and REGISTRATION)


We enjoyed having many of you join us to learn in partnership!       


Upcoming September Membership Meeting:

When: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 (10:00AM - 2:00PM)

Where: Louisiana Red Cross Building (2nd floor Board Room)

             4655 Sherwood Common Blvd.

             Baton Rouge, LA


Julie Richie, M.ED, LPC 

Brandon P. Romano, Psy.D. & Associates

Topic: Utilizing Trauma Informed Care in Mental and Behavioral Health: An overview of what is TIC and Resources to Implement TIC into Treatment


Julie is a Licensed Professional Counselor who is currently in practice at Brandon P. Romano, Psy.D. & Associates. She graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2009 with her Bachelors Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences, focusing in Child and Family Studies. She graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in July of 2012 with her Masters of Education focusing on Mental Health Counseling.

She published a chapter on Reactive Attachment Disorder: Play Therapy Interventions for School Settings in June of 2013. She has completed her education, training, and supervision for her Registered Play Therapy certification in 2019. She has experience in working with child advocacy center in Livingston parish in counseling children and families of abuse. She has experience with working with victims and perpetrators of sexual abuse in the outpatient setting.  She has previously worked as a counselor at an inpatient facility in the Baton Rouge area focusing on helping individuals, families, and groups cope with substance use and mental health issues.

She currently provides services at the main clinic of Dr. Romano and Associates in Baton Rouge as well as community-based services in Livingston Parish. 

Member Agency Spotlight:

Heritage Ranch Childrens Christian Home

Vicki Ellis, Founder and Executive Director

Fairly Carville, LMSW

Topic: Sharing the Journey

In the early 2000s, Vicki Ellis, Founder and Executive Director, began to share her passion to see a Christian Childrens Home built in her home community to serve young people and families in crisis. In 2003, she was joined by a small group of community members who joined the Ranch Board of Directors and Heritage Ranch was officially incorporated and within a year received its tax-exempt status.

The Ranch gained momentum as the vision of a voluntary placement, therapeutic Childrens Home was shared throughout the community. What began as a Board of Directors with 3 members in 2003 has expanded today to a Board of Directors with 12 members and a flourishing 14 member advisory board. Heritage Ranch opened the doors to its first home for boys in August of 2015.

In 2016, the Heritage Ranch facility flooded. The Ranch facilitated a flood recovery campaign from 2016-2018 and is now re-opened and serving boys and families. Heritage Ranch is currently planning for a Comprehensive Campaign that will begin in 2020 to expand residential housing and launch a community based family program to expand its service footprint to additional families in need.


Register NOW:     

(Proceed to our RESOURCE PAGE/Event tab for details, options, and REGISTRATION)



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