Fostering Resources

The Family Village - Walker

The Family Village

  • Provides free clothing, beds, toys, books, shoes, diapers, strollers, etc.
  • The Foster Village is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that was once a dream that two women, a foster mom & foster/adoptive mom, had in the back of their minds because they saw a great need within the community. Their journey took place in Livingston Parish which at present has the largest number of foster children in the state & that number is still rising. So they decided to come together to make a way for the community to fill the gap.
  • You’ve heard the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child," well, we are calling on our village to care for the most vulnerable in our community. Teaming up with local churches, local businesses, as well as, individual volunteers (our village) has made this possible.
  • The Foster Village is a donation center for items that will equip local children who have been separated from their homes in a traumatic event all free of charge. Our mission is to make sure that every child that has been moved from their home is clothed with dignity & given something of their own since most have lost everything. We want to help pave the road to a better life by providing gently used/new items. They also host events to help families to connect, teach about resources available and raise awareness - contact us for if you'd like to partner with us to host one!

State’s Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) 

  • DCFS services include assessing families who apply to adopt and providing services to our adoptive children and families before, during, and after placement.
  • Louisiana Fosters:
    • Louisiana Fosters is a state-wide campaign focused on Louisiana's children sponsored by First Lady Donna Edwards to link government, faith, non-profit, business and community to create united support for our state's foster care system. Foster care is a noble service, and those called to foster offer love and non-judgmental care to children who desperately need our support.
    • The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has embarked on a system change for foster care called Quality Parenting Louisiana. Quality Parenting requires foster parents, birth parents, and the state's child welfare workers to partner in improving the quality of parenting each child gets – every day, all day – regardless of who is doing the parenting. For DCFS, that means recruiting, training and supporting foster parents, and giving the caregiver a voice in the everyday decisions of the child. While we define the expectations of foster parents, we also define the expectations of the case worker, to better partner, share information, and build relationships to enhance the quality of care a child receives.
    • Becoming a Foster Parent