Family To Family Network

Rating: 4.87 stars   92 reviews

Address:

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 6/30/15 - Over 1000 persons made email or phone requests for information on the special education process (46%), finding resources in the community (28%), information on how to navigate the adult service system (11%) or had other areas of need for information & support (15%). There are over 2000 individuals receiving our monthly e-newsletter of family events, training opportunities or support groups. Attended 22 community resource fair events where F2F spoke to over 1400 individuals. Held a conference events as well as provided training in the community to over 300. Provided many social opportunities to over 400 family members and represented families on a number of Texas Education Agency stakeholder committees at the state level.

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) , Guided Transition program, family events

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713-466-6304
http://www.familytofamilynetwork.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

Since the moment I moved to Houston, Leslie had been great help for me in identifying resources . I could trace Autism resources, schools information and attorney for guardianship easily with their help.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

It was an outstanding experience! Leslie got back to me and answered all of my questions to the fullest within the hour. In addition, she sent a follow up e-mail with links to various community resources. She asked me to call back with any question after reviewing it. They are friendly, extremely knowledgeable, and very eager to help! I have nothing, but positive things to say about this organization.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have attended F2F conferences and trainings throughout the years, and their website Texas Project First, http://texasprojectfirst.org/, has INVALUABLE information about special education services, events, and resources. What I most appreciate about Family to Family Network is there personal attention and assistance! When I desperately needed guidance to keep my son with down syndrome included in the classroom and receiving the services he needed, they sat down and walked me through laws, made calls to district personnel, and encouraged me knowing that they had "been there done that!" Hard working, dedicated, and great asset to our community! VERY GRATEFUL for their services!!

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Can't say enough wonderful things about Family to Family Network. Leslie Lawson, with Family to Family, returned my e-mail immediately. She helped me over the phone for almost an hour, continued to do research on her own, found answers/resources and called me back all in the same day. What a blessing to have an entity that helps you to understand and navigate the world of special needs.

 
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Thank you so much - Leslie is wonderful!

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The staff at Family to Family Network have been extremely helpful to me in navigating the special education system in Texas. I have attended many of their conferences as well and the knowledge I have gained has helped me be a better advocate for my son and for others with disabilities. I am especially thankful for their strong belief in person centered thinking and valuing each person. Their guidance has changed the course of my son's future !

 
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Thank you for acknowledging the importance of valuing all people with disabilities!

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Family to Family Network is by far the BEST resource for current and accurate information on all things relating to disability. I have depended on them to learn from the time my son was a toddler, and he is now an adult. The workshops on how to be a POSITIVE advocate for your child is priceless. Learning the best ways to PARTNER with your school is essential and they offer so many workshops from ARD info and legislative issues and beyond. I have called them so many times with a question and they either know the answer immediately, or work to find out! They are so knowledgable about other resources for referral as well. My child had an awesome INCLUSIVE public school experience that I credit to the things I learned from F2F. I am so grateful for this wonderful organization that works tirelessly to improve the lives of those with disabilities.

 
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Thank you - we are glad you learned to partner with your school and make Inclusion happen!

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Without the help from Family to Family Network, I would not have been able to navigate the special education maze and be an advocate for my son. Now at 15, he is a vital part of his own education AND his community, thanks to the information and support from F2F.

 
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Thank you for making sure your son is part of his IEP meeting!

Rating: 5 stars  

It is nice to find great people that understand your situation and that can Guide you every time.
Thanks,
Pilar Hixson

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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.

 
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15 people found this review helpful

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.

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

helping educate parents aobut the rights of their children.

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

Ways to make it better...

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

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

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

seminars, issues at my son's school

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

get them a large grant to further their work

 
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