One of a Kind Art for Children's Hero Awards


When board chair Jaimme Collins sat down with a committee to create the Children’s Hero Awards event, she was adamant that the agency stay away from plaques and trophies.  

“The honorees we selected are extraordinary people who have hearts of public servants. We wanted to give the honorees something they would treasure and create something that showcased the true character of service,” said Collins.  

Damion Hunter, an emerging, local artist, was commissioned to create one-of-a-kind portraits of each honoree. To create them, Hunter read up on each honoree and used several different photographs to inspire him. The paintings were unveiled at the Children’s Hero Awards event.

Hunter said, “My goal in this project is to represent not only the outward appearance of the honorees, but the inner spirit that has led to their significance in the community and the essence of their impact.”

The full presentation of photo can be seen on our Facebook page. Click here and "like" our page to view:


Children's Bureau to Participate in CDC Grant to Prevent Child Abuse

The Children's Bureau was invited to partner with Tulane University's School of Public Health and the City of New Orleans Health Department to take part in a federal research grant from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to test the effectiveness of two interventions, Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) and Play Nicely, in promoting effective parenting and reducing the risk of child abuse in the community.


With funding from the grant, a Children's Bureau clinician specially trained in Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) will be delivering this intervention in two Orleans Parish WIC clinics, located in New Orleans East and Algiers, over the next three years.   If successful, this research has the potential to make a significant contribution to scientific knowledge about whether brief, lower cost parenting interventions can reduce child maltreatment and improve child outcomes.

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!