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. 

Sandra Cortez, B.A.

Editor of Newsletter & Family and Community Care Specialist​​
Mrs. Cortez 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. Cortez 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.


Our Board

Dana Goland (chair) 

Sheree Brown,  Shari Love, & Barbara Rhodes, Ph.D.

About Us

Cedria Roberson, Psy.D.
Psychological Assistant

Dr. Roberson earned her doctorate degree in Clinical Forensic Psychology from Alliant International University in 2012.  She received a Master's degree in Social Work and in Psychology.  Dr. Roberson considers herself to be a strength-based clinician and believes that "each of us has the power to change with determination and support."  According to Dr. Roberson, "I find that many people who seek treatment are multifaceted and present with their own narratives to their life."  Dr. Roberson uses many of the techniques offered through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as treatment foundation in order to meet individuals' needs.  "My hope is to be of help to those who seek new beginnings, clarity, and change."

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! 

Nykisha Carreathers
Client Care Coordinator

Ms. Carreathers is currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Psychology.  As a Client Care Coordinator, she helps empower her clients to set and achieve personal goals and maximaze their potential.  In addition, she is very active in her community servicing as a crisis listener and community mediator.  Her overall goal is to become and Marriage and Family Therapist helping disadvantaged families end intergenerational cycles of trauma.

Norma Franco, B.A.
Psychological Clinical Trainee

Ms. Franco earned a Bachelor's of Art in Psychology and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology and in Marriage and Family Therapy.  She is fluent in English and Spanish and is able to connect very well with her colleagues and clients.  Ms. Franco's professional interests consist of providing services to children and families in need as well as encouraging mental wellness.

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 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.