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Ruston, LA – August 24, 2010 – Louisiana United Methodist Children and Family Services is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Steven M. Franks as Program Director for its new facility located in Sulphur, LA. Methodist Children’s Home of Southwest Louisiana will be a residential facility able to serve up to 32 youth ages 10-17. Dr. Franks will be responsible for the coordination and supervision of the new residential programs being implemented there.
Dr. Franks accepted the position and began his duties on August 16. Dr. Franks comes to us from Millcreek of Arkansas, where he served as the Clinical Director. Millcreek is a 111 bed residential psychiatric treatment facility for youth ages 7-18.
Dr. Franks possesses experience and expertise essential for starting this new project successfully. He grew up in the DeQuincy, LA, area, having attended high school there and subsequently attending McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA. Dr. Franks went on to obtain his Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy at Abilene Christian University, and his Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
Prior to his employment with Millcreek, Dr. Franks served in various locations as a Family Therapist Intern where his primary duties included working with a team of therapists and case managers doing in-home therapy and in-school visits with his primary focus being the parental unit. This fits well with the mission statement of LUMCFS, “Guiding Children and Families Home to Experience God’s Love by Following the Teachings of Christ.”
Dr. Franks said, “I am very impressed with the leadership of LUMCFS and the way it’s structured. It is evident that the agency is very well thought out and the mission is being followed consistently. I am excited about being part of its application in southwest Louisiana.”
Terrel J. DeVille, President and CEO of LUMCFS stated, “We are pleased to have Dr. Franks and his family as members of the Louisiana United Methodist Children and Family Services Team.”