The Children’s Cabinet serves as the governing body for the State of Louisiana responsible for coordinating funding and programmatic services at the state and local level, related to children and their families. It consists of the cabinet secretary of each state department and is chaired by the executive director of the Children’s Cabinet, who is appointed by the governor.


To achieve the most effective and efficient use of monetary, human and organizational resources to lift children and their families out of poverty. 


Cabinet Members

  • Ralph Abraham, Secretary of Department of Health and Hospitals
  • Kenneth 'Kenny' LoftinDeputy Secretary for Youth Services of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections
  • Susana SchowenExecutive Director of Louisiana Workforce Commissions       
  • Dr. Cade BrumleyState Superintendent of Education


Children's Cabinet Advisory Board

The Children's Cabinet Advisory Board provides information and recommendations from the perspective of advocacy groups, service providers and parents on policies and programs relating to Louisiana children.

Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board Strategic Goals:

  • Advise and assist the Children’s Cabinet
  • Coordinate agency resources and provide linkages among agencies that serve children and families
  • Develop policy, program and budget recommendations to address child and family issues

Click here to read about the members of the Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board.



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Jolie Williamson
Executive Director

Michele Rabalais
Executive Secretary


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