Children's Hero Awards Announced

The Children’s Bureau of New Orleans will present its inaugural Children’s Hero Awards Friday, October 25 at Calvin and Frances Fayard’s home, known as the “Wedding Cake House,” at 5809 St. Charles Avenue.

“The awards program was created to celebrate individuals who have shown an extraordinary commitment to children in metro New Orleans and to raise awareness around the mental health challenges many children in our community face,” says Jaimmé A. Collins, Children’s Bureau board chair.

Honorees for the inaugural event include:

  • Karen B. DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, Health Commissioner, City of New Orleans
  • Norman C. Francis, PhD, President, Xavier University of Louisiana
  • Stephen W. Hales, MD, Pediatrician
  • Judge Calvin Johnson (Ret), Executive Director, Metropolitan Human Services District
  • Michael Lewis, Team Ambassador/Alumni Player, New Orleans Saints
  • Charles L. Rice, Jr., President & CEO, Entergy New Orleans, Inc.
  • Sally Ann Roberts and Cathy Harris, Co-founders, Each One Save One
  • Norma Jane Sabiston, President of Sabiston Consultants 
  • Alison Salloum, PhD, LCSW, Developer, Grief and Trauma Intervention for Children, University of South Florida
  • Jackie Curtis Silverman, Founder, New Orleans Women’s Shelter
  • Warner Williams, VP, Chevron North America, Gulf of Mexico Business Unit

Liberty Bank has signed on as the title sponsor for the event. “Liberty Bank is honored to serve as the title sponsor of the inaugural Children’s Hero Awards,” says Todd McDonald. “The continued development of mental health services for children in our community is critical, and we are committed to supporting efforts that advance this important cause.”

The event will take place from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Entertainment will be provided by Mia Borders and James Andrews.

The following sponsorship packages are available. We'll have a link up soon for you to sign up online! In the meantime, you can call Amy Collins at (504) 525-2366 for more information.

___$10,000 Super Man Title Sponsor -Logo incorporated into custom event logo as such: Children’s Bureau of New Orleans Children’s Hero Awards presented by Sponsor, 30 Tickets, Event logo and premier placement in all Event Materials, Opportunity to Host Meet & Greet Event, and Opportunity to Speak at the Awards Event.

___$7,500 Wonder Woman Sponsor - Includes 20 Tickets, Listing in Invitation, Acknowledgement in Event Program & Website with Logo and Link to Your Website

___$5,000 Batman Sponsor – Includes 16 Tickets, Listing in Invitation, Acknowledgement in Event Program & Website with Logo and Link to Your Website

___$2,500 Cat Woman Sponsor - Includes 10 Tickets, Listing in Invitation, Acknowledgement in Event Program & Website with Logo and Link to Your Website

___$1,500 Spider Man Sponsor - Includes 6 Tickets, Listing in Invitation, Acknowledgement in Event Program

___Individual Tickets - $125 per person

___Young Professionals (35 years & under) - $75 per person


Children's Bureau Achieves National Accreditation

The Children’s Bureau of New Orleans has achieved national accreditation through the Council on Accreditation (COA) for the tenth consecutive time since COA was established in 1977. A leading community mental health agency in metro New Orleans, Children’s Bureau provides grief and trauma intervention, crisis response and mental health rehabilitation services to children and youth. Children’s Bureau is one of only 19 organizations in Louisiana with COA accreditation.

Organizations pursue COA accreditation to demonstrate the implementation of best practice standards in the field of human services.

The COA accreditation process involves a detailed review and analysis of an organization’s administration, management, and service delivery functions against international standards of best practice. The standards driving accreditation ensure that services are well-coordinated, culturally competent, evidence-based, outcomes-oriented, and provided by a skilled and supported workforce.

Based on their findings, COA’s Accreditation Commission attested that the Children’s Bureau of New Orleans had successfully met the criteria for accreditation.

As part of the review process for accreditation, parents of Children’s Bureau clients were interviewed about the quality of service they receive from the agency. Some of the quotes that COA shared with the Children’s Bureau from the interviews included:

"Gives confidence when it is lost."

"Feel respected and valued"
"Role models."
"Gives hope."
"Life changing."
"Feel truly in power and able to move forward in life." 

Bowling for Children's Bureau Fundraiser - A big success!

On Friday evening, May 31 more than 200 supporters came together to celebrate the Children's Bureau of New Orleans at Rock n' Bowl. Many thanks to our sponsors for making the event a huge success, including:

Super Strike Sponsors


Luzianne Ice Tea/Reily Foods 

Regions Bank 


7/10 Split Sponsors 

Adams & Reese 

Hartwig Moss Insurance Agency 

JRW Law Firm 

Liberty Bank 

Mercedes Benz of New Orleans 

Royal Engineering 

Veolia Transportation 

Corporate Teams 

Angela Collins & Friends 

Crystal McDonald & Friends 


Ringletts Inc 

Son of a Saint 

Special thanks also to Alford Advertising and Swelltone Labs...and to all those who donated to the cause! Photos from the event can be viewed at: Click on Bowling for Children's Bureau on the right margin for photos.

Congratulations to our winners: Entergy, First Place; Veolia Transportation, Second Place; and Mercedes Benz of New Orleans, Third Place!

Children’s Bureau of New Orleans Presents Training on Grief and Trauma Treatment Model, Seeks to Expand Reach of Mental Health Services

Event will take place during Mental Health Awareness Month

As part of its observance of Mental Health Awareness Month, the Children’s Bureau of New Orleans and Allison Salloum, Ph.D. will present a two-day workshop May 20-21 to train mental health professionals from across the region on its nationally-recognized Grief and Trauma Intervention treatment model. The development of this treatment is especially significant in light of growing evidence that children, especially inner city kids, are impacted by traumatic events just as soldiers are during war.

Developed by Dr. Salloum and her colleagues during their time at the Children’s Bureau, the Grief and Trauma Intervention for Children (GTI) is an evidence-based mental health intervention specifically designed for children with posttraumatic stress due to witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event and/or death. The 10-session intervention is conducted in group and/or individual format. Evaluation results published in the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology and Behavior Research and Therapy show that GTI results in improvements of posttraumatic stress, depression and traumatic grief symptoms.

A national survey by the U.S. Department of Justice shows that approximately 60% of youth have been exposed to some type of violence in the past year. The Children’s Bureau’s work with children in New Orleans supports these statistics. Results from its own survey of 122 Orleans Parish students indicate 71% of children have seen someone beat up; 32% have seen someone shot; 28% have seen a dead body outside or inside the home; and 16% have seen someone stabbed. For the majority of these children, exposure to community violence is chronic with more than half of them (51.5%) reporting exposure to three or more different types of violent events.

Children’s Bureau to Celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month in May

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day also celebrated Thursday, May 9

The Children’s Bureau of New Orleans will take part in celebrating May as National Mental Health Awareness Month and Thursday, May 9 as Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. These nationally-recognized observances, created by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), provide the Children’s Bureau with an opportunity to spread the word locally about the importance of mental health.

“Good mental health is essential to the overall health and well-being of individuals and the community at large,” says Paulette Carter, president and CEO of the Children’s Bureau of New Orleans. “It impacts everything from whether a child gets up and goes to school in the morning to avoiding potential violent situations like shootings, or even worse, massacres like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School. We want people to understand that prevention works and treatment is available. Through the national observance of Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, we celebrate the fact that children and youth can and do recover from setbacks in their lives with the proper support.”

The Children’s Bureau will feature a series of representative stories about some of their client* throughout the month on their Facebook page. The agency is also holding a training seminar for mental health professionals on its nationally-recognized Grief and Trauma treatment model in May. And finally, the agency will cap off the month with a party and fundraiser for its supporters at Rock N’ Bowl on Friday, May 31, 2013. For more details on these events, contact Amy Collins at

*Names and specific details are changed to protect the identity of our clients.