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Nicole Liedike, B.A.
Psychology Clinical Trainee

Ms. Liedike was born and raised in southern New Jersey where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Wilmington University in New Castle, DE and a certificate in child advocacy.  She is currently a Psy.D. Clinical Psychology student at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles, California.  Prior to Ms. Liedike's graduate studies, she worked as a mental health technician in an acute psychiatric hospital.  The facility provided services for a diverse population of adolescents, adults, seniors, and patients with dual diagnoses.  Although her career interest is in working with adults, she is eager to gain knowledge and experience  providing clinical services to children under age 5.

Brian Betancour, B.A.
Marriage and Family Therapy Clinical Trainee

Mr. Betancour is a graduate student with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology.  He is currently pursuing his Master's degree in Marital and Family Therapy and is a therapist-in-training.  Mr. Betancour is an advocate for education and determined to continue succeeding in this field of work through his ambition and hard work.  He is fluent in both Spanish and English and is easily engaging with most children and families he works with.

Janica Dabu, M.A.
Psychology Clinical Trainee

Ms. Dabu is currently a Clinical Psychology Psy.D. student at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Irvine, California.  She was born in the Philippines and immigrated to the U.S. at 8 years of age.  Ms. Dabu completed her Bachelor's degree in Psychology at William Paterson University and Master's degree in Clinical Psychology at the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Southern California.  She has clinical experience working with adolescents and adults and has a desire to work with children and families of diverse backgrounds.

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! 

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About Us

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

Executive Director
Dr. Gordon is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 25 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.


Sandra Cortes, M.A.

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.

Melody Ma, B.A.
Marriage and Family Therapy Clinical Trainee

Ms. Ma is a graduate student currently pursuing her Master of Science degree in Marital and Family Therapy and is a therapist-in-training.  She is an advocate for education and determined to continue succeeding in this field of work through her ambition and hard work.  It is Ms. Ma's desire to connect with teachers, parents, and children in a therapeutic manner.  She believes her traineeship with Children and Families, Inc. will give her the opportunity to grow in terms of community engagement and working with a diverse group of children and families.