Family To Family Network

Rating: 4.87 stars   78 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Disabilities, Education

Location: 13150 FM 529 - Suite 106 Houston TX 77041 USA

Mission: To help families of children with disabilities by providing information, training, referral and support.
Results: As of 6/30/12 - Trained over 1100 families and educators.  Provided I&R to more than 4,000 through email, phone calls and mail, quarterly newsletter.  Resource fair and parent conference attended by 301.  Over 380 members participated in family events, and 277 volunteers provided service to our organization.
Target demographics: Families with children with disabilities or chronic illness receiving special education services
Direct beneficiaries per year: 2781
Geographic areas served: Greater Houston Area
Programs: Information & Referral; Texas Project FIRST, Educational events (workshops & conferences)
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Family to Family Network has been a life saver!! I have to children with disabilities and I found about this organization about 14 years ago. The knowledge, experience, support, training, help, friendships, understanding, etc.... I can not explain in words. It is invaluable!!! Thanks in part to this organization and what I have learned from them my children have a bright future in front of them! I have attended parents training's, workshops, social meetings, I know how to do a Portfolio, I know how to advocate, I feel strong thanks to them. They have always helped me when I have called them with questions. My family participated in the Family Friend Program. This organization is the BEST in Houston. My children disabilities are not the same and any other organization specializes in a certain disability, this is also what makes F2F unique! I will always be grateful for all their help and support thought out so many year. Thanks F2F!!!. Angeles

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started as a volunteer about 5 years ago. Great training and great people = Great Orginazation!!! I have personally gained so much from volunteering and being a Donor for F2F. I feel very blessed to be a part of this group and I tout their achievements every chance I get!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

Family to Family Network is Houston's premier non-profit organization providing education, training, support and referrals on the Texas special education system. Their "Texas Project FIRST" website contains links to everything you would want or need to know about special education in Texas. As the parent of a child with autism, and newly-relocated to the Houston area, Family to Family provided me with a wealth of information to prepare for my child's IEP meeting. But most importantly, Family to Family produces a monthly e-newsletter about EVERYTHING happening in the Houston (and surrounding) area that might be of interest to families of children with disabilities [conferences, seminars, respite services, outings, support group meetings], as well as organizing a few social opportunities as well (holiday parties, picnics, Lil Rustlers).

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Family to Family Network has been my lifeline to accessing the support and information I need for my son with Down Syndrome. When my son was three, I attended his first ARD meeting at the school – the experience was so overwhelming, I left in tears. Soon afterwards, I found Family to Family Network and gained the tools and confidence I needed to successfully navigate the complex special education system and advocate for my child. That was 18 years ago, and I will attend his exit ARD from high school next week and prepare for graduation! I can honestly say that because of the guidance and information I received from F2F, I have been able to make informed decisions about my child’s educational programming that have enabled him to reach his potential. Today I continue to get help from F2F in figuring out his options for the future – which, thanks to all I have learned from F2F, will include living and working in the community. I know that I join so many other families who have benefitted from the free services they have received from F2F to build brighter futures for their children with disabilities.

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

This has had a tremendous impact on my entire family. Instead of worrying about our child's future, we have learned to become proactive and take advantage of all the opportunities and services available.

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

add more parent liaisons to help the many families who call the office for help on a daily basis.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 1 stars  

Family to Family Network abruptly cancelled the Family Friends program as of November 1, 2010 so it no longer provides any respite for families and can no longer claim any credit for the reported 1800 hours of respite care or 540 hours of volunteer time. As a result, the organization now serves only the informational needs of parents who have one or more children with a disability. Family to Family Network no longer has any interest in or capability of providing one on one mentoring relationships. The former Family Friends program director is looking for a new sponsoring 501(c)(3) organization to serve the 48 plus families currently matched with their family volunteer.

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

the positive growth for families who received in the past the non judgmental nurturing and caring provided by the Family Friends program director and volunteers, and the positive effect on volunteers who get to know their families personally and reap the personal reward of their good and well guided family mentoring.

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

either make fund raising part of the executive director's job or lower the salary of the executive director and/or cut corners elsewhere in order to provide personal support to families and children. Without those changes, in my opinion, it is wrong to solicit private donations on top of the governmental funding received for holding seminars on how to advocate for children with disabilities.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Family to Family did not abruptly cancel the Family Friends program...they kept it going for two years after the National Council on Aging grant ended. Unfortunately, a substantial donation was needed to keep a staff person on and keep the program going. Reported hours of any volunteer time during these years is allowable as funds were used to support the program during the fiscal years ended 2006 - 2010. Fund raising is part of the Executive Director's and she was successful in maintaining the Family Friends program past the original grant end date. The decision to end the program was a financial decision made by the Board of Directors in order to focus efforts on the 750+ families served by our other programs, which many of the same 48 families served by Family Friends participate in.

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with F2F since 1994. They do a great job of providing support to families with children who have disabilities all over Houston and beyond. F2F helps by providing information that is relevant to parents of kids with disabilities and by training them for the challenges they will face raising a child with disabilities. They are experts in the area of education and our family has personally benefitted from their advice. Recently, F2F has been developing training programs for families with adult with disabilities, so that F2F staff can continue to provide services as children with disabilities grow into adults. F2F is very good at what they do and are very encouraging to parents. Their services are invaluable.

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

education information and adult services, SSI & Medicaid information

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

love to see them expand if the funds were provided.

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Rating: 5 stars  

We are so grateful to family to family organization for all parent training and classes to help us how become a good advocate for our son which could included him in resource and regular classes to raise with his peers. otherwise could be so hard without their support. I stongly recommend them for all parents with a disabled child.

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

I have a son with CP which with the help and suport of family to family could make remarkeble progress.

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

I think they do best just please everybody support them.

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Rating: 4 stars  

It is very easy to become overwhelmed and frustrated when trying to find help raising a child with disabilities. The best part, for my family, about Family to Family Network, is being able to speak with other parents who have walked in our shoes. Their own personal experiences and advice they shared with us have been so valuable. We have learned the importance of planning ahead and visualizing what the future will look like for our son and then showing us the steps it takes to get there.

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

My son now has meaningful IEP goals & objectives and I'm more comfortable in my role as primary advocate for him when dealing with school issues, especially.

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

Like to see more parent-to-parent networking opportunities.

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Rating: 5 stars  

F2F newsletter serves as a lifeline for us. I look forward to receiving it to find out what opportunities are available in our area. As the parents of an autistic individual, we are always searching to gain more knowledge to enable him to reach his full potential. My only conpliant is I wish we had had it sooner.

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

Seminars attended that I might not have known of otherwise.

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

have found it earlier.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Family to Family has always been a lifeline to our family. Whenever we have a question, someone is there to help us. Family Friends has been a great program, matching a volunteer who would come spend time with not only our son with autism, but she also made sure to share her time wtih our two other kids as well. The office staff are always friendly and eager to help, and they are all a tremendous source of valuable information!

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

making sure my son is treated fairly and that he has supports in place to help him be a successful member of the community.

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

Give it more financial support! They help so many on such a tiny budget! I don't know how they do it, but I know that they find a way to make it work because they care!

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