Barbara LeBlanc is the director of The Parenting Center at Children’s Hospital, where she has worked since 1988. The Parenting Center, a program of Children’s Hospital in New Orleans, was founded in 1981 as a wellness program for parents, providing education, support and resources to help families with the challenges of raising children. Ms LeBlanc graduated from LSU in 1974 with a BA in Psychology; she received her MSW from LSU School of Social Welfare in 1976.
Throughout her career she has worked with children and families, first in the foster care system and next as the Director of the Social Work Department at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans. After eight years of hospital social work focusing on chronic illness, disability and loss, she became program director, then director of The Parenting Center. Ms. LeBlanc appears on local radio and television where she answers viewers’ questions about child behavior. She was the inaugural chair and currently serves on the Guidance Team of the Louisiana Parenting Education Network (LAPEN) and is the Chair of the National Parenting Education Network. She has been an Adjunct Professor at Tulane School of Social Work since 2011, teaching Theories of Child Development.
Working with LAPEN and LSU School of Social Work, Ms LeBlanc was instrumental in developing a 20-hour Parenting Education certification. “I feel privileged to have been able to work with so many families as they first become parents and to be a part of their lives as they raise their children. We are now seeing a second generation of parents use The Parenting Center as their resource for information and support. To have grandparents remember the impact the program had on their parenting and want their children and grandchildren to benefit from the services supports our mission and serves to make parenting education accessible for all parents.”