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October 18, 2010

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August 5, 2009

Family to Family Network has been an inspiration to me. The staff not only is helpful, but supportive in many areas of the needs of children with disabilities. I feel comfortable calling with question... more

October 18, 2010

When I first found F2F, my son was 2 years old and I felt lost. After attending meetings, and meeting other mothers who have children with disabilities, I felt empowered. I learned what I needed to know to have my child included in a regular classroom and receive the services he needed. He is now 16 and a successful high school student in pre-AP classes. If I had listened to my school district when he was 3, he would have been put in a "Special" class with only children with other disabilities and he would have never progressed the way he did by being in a regular classroom. I now serve on the board of directors for F2F because they have given me so much that I felt I needed to give back to them. This is a great organization that helps all people.

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

the success of my child.

Ways to make it better...

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

try to help them raise more money to help more people.

August 5, 2009

Family to Family Network has been an inspiration to me. The staff not only is helpful, but supportive in many areas of the needs of children with disabilities. I feel comfortable calling with questions about school,federal law/programs,or medical needs. These women have helped me help my children throughout their lives. I have made life long friends at F2F by networking with other families with children with disabilities.

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

the numbers of children who are provided with the services they need.

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

kind, friendly and helpful.

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

hire more staff, buy updated equipment,and move to a bigger location -all in an effort to help more children and families.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 7, 2010

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October 7, 2010

I love F2F Network! The Parent Liaisons helped me to learn the law and correct approaches to an ARD. They gave me the tools to present my case for inclusion which allowed my daughter with Down syndrome to attend her neighborhood school rather than be segregated at a different campus. Now, I am helping others due to the training I received. I also participate in a great program called "Family Friends" which paired a volunteer with my family. This volunteer has befriended the family and comes to play with my daughter with Down syndrome. She's like an adopted grandmother and has been quite a blessing.

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

conferences they have sponsored. Speakers have trained me to be my child's advocate.

Ways to make it better...

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

have socials for parents!

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

advocay training.

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

nice and knowledgable.

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

have a job training program & facility.

Ways to make it better...

they had a playroom for kids at their office.

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

budget and letting families know they are there.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I love the group and their staff & volunteers are very dedicated.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 5, 2010

F2F has helped me tremendously prepare for my child to enter public education. They have helped me to see things differently and to fight for what will be best for my son through valuable training and 1:1 interactions.

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

educational outcomes for children with disabilities.

Ways to make it better...

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

try to get more parents trained on the issues.

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

The fact that they are also parents.

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

helpful and caring.

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

help change the system so parents don't have to fight for everything their child needs.

Ways to make it better...

I could spend more time with each of them!

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

getting support from the broader community - not just those who have a loved one with a disability.

One thing I'd also say is that...

they are never too busy to help a parent.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 24, 2010

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February 24, 2010

When moving to Katy, TX from Virginia, I was quite overwhelmed. The educational process in Texas is very different than in Virginia and Family to Family helped by having many discussions on the phone, meeting in person to go over IEP forms. They send out many e-mails regarding upcoming events that help parents stay in the loop regarding special education in Texas. Wonderful group of people.

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

Assisting with my move from Virginia to Texas and helping me get my feet on the ground with my child's IEP.

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

Teach Katy, Texas what true inclusion philosophy is and each child with special needs would be in a general education classroom with all the supports they would need to be successful.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 22, 2010

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February 22, 2010

I was new to town and overwhelmed with school issues for my child with Asperger's. The staff at F2F were always kind, caring and supportive. They gave me alot of info. and usually had an answer to every question that I had! What an amazing organization.

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

helping me as a parent navigate the bewildering world of autsim.

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

The personal attention from the staff and the lending library. I also liked the monthly info. meetings back when they had them.

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

Moms that also had children with disabilities - NO ONE can understand your concerns if they do not have a child with a disability, no matter how sympathetic they are. It really helps having someone that can say, "i've been there too and it will be ok!"

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

Schedule more get-to-gethers with the families doing fun things.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 12, 2010

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February 12, 2010

I am a special education supervisor and arranged for Family to Family to provide a series of free parent trainings for the district. The sessions were extremely well received by the parents who attended. Mary Jane and the rest of her team did a beautiful job of supporting parents, providing valuable (and accurate) information about special education, and encouraging communication/ collaboration between parents and the school.

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

committed to helping parents help their children.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

December 22, 2009

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December 22, 2009

BEST THING IN TEXAS!!! F2F HELPED ME, A PROFESSIONAL SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER FROM OK., NAVIGATE THE TX SYSTEM TO EVENTUALLY HELP ME TO GET THE APPRPPRIATE SERVICES FOR MY DAUGHTER. SHE HAS SIGNIFICANT LEARNING DIDSABILITIES BUT HAS A GIFT WORKING WITH YOUNG CHILDREN. HER GOAL: WORK AT A DAYCARE CENTER AND SOME DAY OWN HER OWN. THE OUTCOME WAS A SERIES OF CLASSES THAT ENABLED HER TO "WOW" POTENTIAL EMPLOYERS WITH HER RESUME! SHE WAS HIRED BY THE 2ND CHILDCARE COMPANY SHE INTERVIEWED WITH AND, NOW 8 YEARS LATER, 2009, SHE SEES HER DREAM AS A REALITY. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK, F2F!!!!

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

learning the TX system of special education

Ways to make it better...

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

It needs to expend in a timely fashion to help even more people in different localities w/i Houston.

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

The help, support & information provided that eventually launched my daughter's career.

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

Committed, knowledgable & totally dedicated due to their child's negative school district experiences due in part to their child[ren]'s disabilities.

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

It could expand what it does best: empower parents to help their children who have disabilities!!!!!

Ways to make it better...

I truly cannot imagine it being better!!

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

Finances for service delivery, staffing and expansion of actual physical layout.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I hope that F2F never has to close its doors...it is too valuable and life changing for the parents which results in life changing outcomes for the children.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2004

August 19, 2009

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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 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.

Ways to make it better...

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

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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

August 9, 2009

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August 9, 2009

We have really enjoyed the services of this network although they are limited in our area. We have a wonderful lady who comes each week to spend time with my two autistic sons. She has been a blessing to us. The other services are not available in our area anymore, or I would give a five-star rating. Thank you Family to Family Network!!

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

My boys look forward to the visits from our friend and I enjoy having someone help me work with them.

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

The wonderful people.

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

A family coordinator.

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

Meet the needs of so many more families with special needs children. This is an underserved group with long wait times for services.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 7, 2009

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August 7, 2009

I am the adoptive mother of two special needs children and an adoption and foster care professional. When my family moved to the Houston area, I did not know any resources to help me with getting my children's needs met. The discovery of Family to Family has been a great blessing for us. We have benefited from training for me, and from activities for the children. They have the most comprehensive list of activities for children and families with special needs that I have seen in my more than 20 years of working with children and families. I frequently forward the newsletter to other families and they are able to benefit from the information.

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

sharing information that helps families raising special needs children to obtain information about advocacy and activities to build better lives.

Ways to make it better...

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

Seek to create a respite program or engage in advocacy efforts to increase funding for families of children with special needs.

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

Excellent information...

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

Courteous, kind and well informed....

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

Build additional service networks that could make a difference in many lives.

Ways to make it better...

I can't imagine having a more positive experience. The staff have been courteous and informative. The information has been accurate and timely!

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

It is a family to family organization. It is hard for families with special needs children to find time to share with others who may need emergency assistance.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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