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The Family Tree

  • Community Resource in Acadiana

Community Education

As a primary prevention service, the Community Education program utilizes professional facilitators for a variety of classes teaching individuals to incorporate new skills into their lives and relationships, resulting in improved coping and healthier family systems. Classes are held at various locations in the Acadiana community, usually in the evening, with topics chosen in response to the specific needs of various areas. Topics include parenting for targeted groups such as parents of teenagers or school age children; divorce, co-parenting and stepfamily issues; relational problems; and anger management for adults and adolescents. The Education Calendar is planned on a quarterly basis to provide a schedule of classes.

We also offer multiple trainings that last from 1 hour to 3 hours and can be taught either at our location on onsite at your location. Topics include: Active Listening, Nurturing Parenting, Understanding Feelings, Defense Mechanisms, Holistic Wellness, Positive Disciple, the Positive Parenting Program and many more! Click on the link below for a detailed list of trainings and don’t forget to call the office to schedule one tailored just for you!


The counseling program is comprised of licensed counselors and/or counselors working towards licensure, who provide assistance and guidance in resolving personal, social, or psychological problems and difficulties. Counselors provide a variety of assistance to individuals, families, step-families, single parents, couples, senior citizens, teens and children ages three and older. Topics include: relationships, parenting challenges, LGBTQIA, coping with divorce, recovering from a crisis or disaster, coping with grief or loss, anxiety, depression, addictions, and stress and anger management.

Sessions are based on a sliding fee scale with a $40 minimum session fee. Proof of income required for sliding fee sessions. Dates and times vary. If you or someone you know is interested in counseling, you should start by filling out intake paperwork available here. You can then call the office at (337) 981-2180 to schedule your appointment.

Healthy Start

Healthy Start is a free program for expectant mothers and women with children up to two years of age who live in Acadia, Evangeline, Iberville, Lafayette, St. Landry and St. Martin parishes. The program focuses on supporting moms and assisting parents with the challenges of a growing family and raising small children.

Healthy Start is a way to ensure that your child gets the healthy start on life that he or she deserves by providing individualized assistance and information specific to your needs. This includes home visitation, case management, health education, support services and fun, family-friendly events. We know that becoming a parent brings many new questions and decisions, so Healthy Start was developed with a desire to give you the support you need, when you need it, so that you have the best chances for a healthy birth outcome and maintaining physical and mental health. It can provide information to help you better understand pregnancy, prepare for labor and delivery, and meet the challenges of parenting a newborn and toddler.

Healthy Start is a program supported in part by Project No. H49MC27810 from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau (Title V, Social Security Act).

Project H.O.P.E.

Project H.O.P.E. is a program available through a partnership with the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office that is designed to strengthen the relationship between the incarcerated parent and their child to promote a functional relationship upon the inmate’s release. These programs have been shown to reduce recidivism. Family Tree clinicians make weekly visits to the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center and work with inmates who are also allowed a contact visit with their children. Participation in the program is voluntary and is offered to both mothers and fathers.


Tulane Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Support and Services (TIKES) is under the supervision of Tulane University. The program serves to increase the quality of child care and early learning initiatives for all children across the state and provide child care staff and parents with tools to understand and command higher quality child care for children.

Centers participating in TIKES are eligible to receive mental health consultations. The Family Tree employs full-time licensed mental health professionals, trained in infant and early childhood issues (0-5 years old), who work closely with teachers on-site and serve as a resource for child care providers and parents as they foster and enhance children’s early development through education, training, identification and intervention.


Call 337-981-2180 FAX: 337-981-2391

Practice Address

1602 West Pinkhook Road. Suite 100A, Lafayette La 70508
Lafayette, LA 70506, 70508

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    Resource Type(s)

  • Community Resource

    Ages Served

  • All Ages

    Payment(s) Accepted

  • Private Insurance,
  • Self-Pay,

    Zip Codes

  • 70506,
  • 70508,


  • To improve the quality of life for individuals and families over the life course through education, counseling and information services that are delivered in a professional, accessible, and compassionate manner.

Other Notes

  • History

    The seed of The Family Tree was planted in 1979 for a nonprofit agency designed to help parents create stronger families. The Junior League of Lafayette initiated research and funding to begin the agency located on Ambassador Caffery Parkway. Strengthening families in order to build a stronger community was one of The Family Tree’s initial goals. Believing that negative behaviors (and ultimately cycles) can be broken, agency staff began working with the family unit by offering them tools for parenting.

    In the late 1980s, Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center invited The Family Tree to be a part of its campus. The Family Tree’s Main Office was housed on the campus in the historical St. Mary’s Orphanage Building. The most significant addition in the 1990s was the Counseling Center. Since 1991, we have provided professional counseling that is affordable and accessible to individuals and families of Acadiana. In 2013, The Family Tree partnered with Goodwill Industries of Acadiana in order to provide a more comprehensive service array.

    Community Education has continued to be a core service offered to parents and individuals. We now offer various additional programs that offer specialized services to specific groups of people, and we continue being a source of hope and guidance to families. As a community-based agency, we provide professional, yet affordable or no-cost services to the Acadiana region. Our programs support parents and individuals through various stages of their lives to result in better mental health, coping skills, stronger family systems and supports.

    Our staff is comprised of compassionate individuals devoted to finding innovative ways to serve the community.