Sandra Cortes, B.A.

Editor of Newsletter & Family and Community Care Specialist​​
Mrs. Cortes has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Psychology.  

She is a certified Infant Massage Instructor by WINC without Borders and MPAP Parent Educator.  Mrs. Cortes is fluent in English and Spanish, is culturally aware, able to effectively communicate and connect well with our children and families, and is actively engaged with the community in need.  In addition to the above, she is a registered behavioral technician and has experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Her professional interests include providing both direct and indirect clinical services to families in need.

Angelica Rivera, B.A.

Psychology Clinical Trainee
Ms. Rivera is a graduate student currently pursuing a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology at California State University, Dominguez Hills where she received her B.A. in Psychology.  In addition, she is completing courses to satisfy licensure for Marriage and Family Therapy.  She aims to facilitate effective communication and development for individuals and families and hopes to assist them to navigate their own successes across developmental stages.  Ms. Rivera is compassionate, skilled, and values learning environments that foster healthy relationships and adaptive autonomy.  Her research has focused on the impact of social-emotional factors on cognitive, learning, and sleep outcomes in children and adults.

Welcome to Children and Families, Inc.! Our​ ​Mission is to empower young children and families in overcoming adversities while promoting emotional well-being, health and family cohesion. We are also committed to the Vision of Empowering our future with confident and capable individuals. Together, we can make a difference! 

At Children and Families, Inc. we are working to create hope and the opportunity for a better world.

But we can only do it with your help. Join with us in our mission and donate now. 

About Us


Sassha Bellairs, MBA (chair)​

​Sheree Brown, Sandra Cortes, B.A., Karen Goland, Psy.D., Jenny Lu, B.A.,                   & Jaime Jr. Olazava

La Faune Gordon, Ph.D., M.S.

Executive Director
Dr. Gordon is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience providing culturally-sensitive, specialized intervention to infants, young children and families who are at risk and/or have
experienced trauma.  She has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and a Masters in Psychology and in Clinical Psychopharmacology. Dr. Gordon is a California-endorsed Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist, Certified Infant Massage Instructor by World Institute for Nurturing Communication (WINC) without borders, Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist, Certified Effective Black Parenting Instructor, Certified Make Parenting a Pleasure (MPAP) Parent Educator, and Advanced level provider of Developmental Individual Relationship (DIR) Floortime.  Dr. Gordon has over 20 years of clinical supervision and consultation experience in both the public and private sector and has conducted numerous presentations, trainings, and workshops.

Pamela Anani, M.S.
Psychology Clinical Trainee

Ms. Anani is currently a Clinical Forensic Psychology Psy.D. student at The Chicago School of Psychology in Los Angeles, California preparing for her doctoral degree.  She is a California native, born and raised in Los Angeles.  Ms. Anani completed her Bachelor's degree in Psychology at California State University, Northridge.  She also has her Master's degree in Counseling, Marriage, Family and Child Therapy (MFT) from the University of Phoenix.  Ms. Anani has experience working with adolescents and adults in forensic settings such as community youth centers as well as private practices.  As a first generation American born child to immigrant parents, Ms. Anani has a passion for working with children and families with diverse backgrounds in the inner cities.  She seeks to leave a positive mark on her community one family at a time.