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October 17, 2014

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October 26, 2010

After being pulled from public school and home schooled for several years. my son with autism was ready to integrate with the world again. F2F helped me with critical information about our rights, sta... more

October 17, 2014

Family to Family has always been there to answer my phone calls and provide the best information resources available to help me plan and provide for my disabled son. With their help I have felt confident in decisions I had to make and emboldened in advocating for my son. They have provided information for resources I never new existed and even helped me to improvise creating new resources. I have met up with, and found great friends who share similar situations with my family, and through them my son has found friendships with other kids who share some of the same struggles.

Helping your disabled child takes an emotional toll and can cloud your perceptions. I highly recommend to anyone with a disabled child to take advantage of all they have to offer. It's so important to have objective trustworthy help when dealing with public, governmental and even private agencies. These people have been and continue to be, where you are at.
October 26, 2010

After being pulled from public school and home schooled for several years. my son with autism was ready to integrate with the world again. F2F helped me with critical information about our rights, state and district policy and law in order to get him correctly and happily integrated into 12th grade, credits in check to graduate, and into the work based learning program he needed. They helped him with self advocacy training. They helped me with the IEP/ARD process. They have continued to help our family with important information about relevant issues we continually have to deal with, like Social Security, Gaurdianship, Medicaid Waiver programs and State Agencies. Because of the personal stakes they have in the outcome of their own children with disabilities, they are constantly tuned into the issues that will affect my childs outcome. I know I can trust the information they provide to us without worry of another agenda. They are an invaluable resource for empathetic and knowledgeable information and help.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Outcome planning for my adult child with autism, and with successful integration into the public school system. He is happy, we are happy and the school is happy. That's huge.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it larger with direct offices at the school district and state agencies level.

August 11, 2009

Family to Family Network has always been available,ready and beyond that, pro active in delivering helpful and often crucial information in our community to parents and families of children with special needs. They are personally invested and therefore understand the emotional, physical and financial stakes the people they serve have to deal with everyday. I have called them for information or advise on several occasions, and even when they didn't have the answers themselves they never set the phone down without specific names, phone numbers or suggestions on who to call next or where to look.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping educate parents aobut the rights of their children.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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Ways to make it better...

they had a special needs lawyer on staff to help parents with legal matters.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 1, 2014

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October 1, 2014

Thirteen years ago, when I adopted my son, Family to Family was one of the first organization I received resources and assistance from. The workshops I attended were very helpful in learning about all disabilities. My son has multiple disabilities and they assisted me in putting my priorities in order to get him the help I needed for him.

The most important aspect about Family to Family is that they are a group of individuals who guide and show you what to do, but they allow you to learn and do it yourself. The best training and advise I have received for myself and my son. Thank you Family to Family for your support but also for the support you give others.
September 30, 2014

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September 30, 2014

Family to Family is one of the greatest agencies that offer support for families who need assistance. They offer great programs and activities for all. I have worked with them and my clients have benefited enormously. Thanks Family to Family!!!
September 30, 2014

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December 23, 2010

Family to Family is THE BEST. The Seminars that they offer are most informative and professionally given. As far a personal help with my sons and their school; I cannot say enough good things abou... more

September 30, 2014

Family to Family helped tremendously in changing the treatment of Life Skills students in my school
district. The Director helped me personally in so many ways. She helped me write and substantiate
my objections to then current school practices. More importantly, with the help of the
TEA, she helped
change them for future students in the District. This organization is wonderful!
December 23, 2010

Family to Family is THE BEST. The Seminars that they offer are most
informative and professionally given.

As far a personal help with my sons and their school; I cannot say
enough good things about the organization and all who are a part of
it.

I have struggled for
years to get my son's high school to hear my
grievances and struggles with their system. F2F help me write complaints to TEC with examples and regulations violated. I now
feel I have a real chance of being heard and changing their system.
I am eternally grateful for all that F2F does to educate and inform
parents.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seminars, issues at my son's school

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get them a large grant to further their work

September 30, 2014

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September 30, 2014

Family to Family Network has been such a valuable resource for our family! Through F2F, I've learned so much about other resources available to help us with our special-needs child! The folks at F2F have been so generous with their time, and really "plugged me in" so that I could get that support I need to be an advocate for my girl. Because of F2F, she's gone to the rodeo, and I've made connections, and she's at the best possible school for her.
September 29, 2014

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August 19, 2009

I first became aware of F2F from my son's OT when he was around 1 year old. At the time, I did not understand how important this organization would become to our family. The first thing we did was s... more

September 29, 2014

Family to Family has been such a blesing to our family! When we realized the amount of help we would need with our child, it was fortunate I came across this organization. They provide many opportunities for special needs children (rodeo, sports, parties, attending professional games) where they can just be kids, and at the same time, for parents to connect. They also provide assistance with school issues and have a vast amount of experience. I've even received some help/ideas for preparing our wills and getting my son a plan......which is a huge relief!

The best thing about them is that it's not "can/can't," but "how are we going to," which is how I like to approach things, and they are so positive and good listeners.
August 19, 2009

I first became aware of F2F from my son's OT when he was around 1 year old. At the time, I did not understand how important this organization would become to our family. The first thing we did was sign up for a family friend. Carolyn came out to meet us and was so warm and friendly. She got us the perfect family friend, Ms. Reggie. Oh, how we love her! She was so good with my son, and I loved having her around as a friend too. I got on the email list a few years ago and that's where I learned about so many events going on in Houston for people with disabilities. I found out about the fun day in the fall at Lone Star College, attended a workshop to help my son with fine motor skills, went to an ARD preparation meeting to help with the beginning of school, found out about a sports organization through which I found out about a place where my son could receive therapy (and we both love it!), gave my son his first opportunity to participate in a walk-run to help support f2f, and finally....the Lil' Rustler Rodeo. I cannot even begin to tell you how much that event meant to him. He thought he was king of the show that day. He was so proud to be with all of the other kids, his buddies were fabulous, and he wore his belt buckle given to him for about 2 weeks straight (shorts, jeans, didn't matter). He loved it when people mentioned how big his buckle was and "You are definitely a real cowboy" comments. We are so grateful to Family to Family Network. It's a giant algorithm where one good opportunity leads to another. Sincerely, Tina Hill

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being prepared for my son's first ARD. I felt like I knew what was going on and wasn't confused by the jargon.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

there is always something to be a part of...for mom/dad, the child, or the whole family.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Incredibly helpful with anything and everything pertaining to my child with a disability.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build a huge facility with an indoor gigantic park accessible for all, with all sorts of therapists there (air conditioning!), and college kids going into education there to help out with the kids while parents attended meetings.

Ways to make it better...

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In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

I don't really know, but I'm pretty certain the recession is the biggest challenge.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 29, 2014

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September 29, 2014

Family to Family provides useful information for a myriad of needs for disabled persons and their families in our community. The staff is always available, friendly, dedicated and results-oriented. We in the Houston area are blessed to have such a gem of an organization!
September 29, 2014

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September 29, 2014

Family to family has ben a godsend to my family when my kids were diagnosed to be on the autism spectrum. They were full of information where to go, best places, people, resources, and I met the most wonderful friends.
September 29, 2014

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September 29, 2014

Family to Family was a great source of information and encouragement as we fought for our daughter's inclusion in regular classes in the 90's and the new millennium . Their sponsored conferences and workshops included easy to understand sessions with dynamic speakers. Then, 20 years later we were back on their doorstep looking for advice for our granddaughter...their information and referral lists were current and extremely beneficial. We have been sending parents to this amazing organization for years
September 29, 2014

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September 29, 2014

Family to family helps many parents of children with special needs learn about the resources in our area.
As a parent of a child with autism and another child who has learning disabilities I consider them a valuable resource.
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