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Family To Family Network

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Causes: Civil Rights, Disabilities, Disabled Persons Rights, Education, Educational Services, Family Services, Human Services

Mission: Creating success for children with disabilities by empowering their families with information, referrals, training and support as they navigate the complex education, health care, and social service systems.

Results: As of 6/30/18 - Over 1100 persons made email, phone or online requests for information on the special education process (28%), finding resources in the community (22%), Hurricane Harvey support (22%), information on how to navigate the adult service system (17%) or had other areas of need for information & support (7%). There are over 2000 individuals receiving our monthly e-newsletter of family events, training opportunities or support groups. Attended 40 community resource fair events where F2F spoke to over 1300 individuals. Held a conference event as well as provided training in the community to over 1000. Provided many social opportunities to approx. 400 family members. Represented families on a number of Texas Education Agency stakeholder committees at the state level and the local Harris Center for Mental Health and Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (IDD) IDD-Project Advisory Committee. Held a Legislative Forum in collaboration with the Arc of Greater Houston before the 85th Legislative Session. The Texas Project FIRST website maintained for the Texas Education Agency to provide accurate and consistent information on the special education process received over 86,000 users and more than 519,000 page views per year per Google Analytics.

Target demographics: Families with children with disabilities or chronic illness

Direct beneficiaries per year: 3618

Geographic areas served: Greater Houston Area

Programs: Information & Referral; Texas Project FIRST, Educational events (workshops & conferences) , Leadership & Advocacy, & family events

Community Stories

140 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Family to Family Network educational services and guidance saved my grandsons academic career and future. They are a wealth of information, and resources training you and directing you to find accurate information to properly advocate for your childs specific individual needs, related services, and legal rights. They have empowered me with the knowledge and confidence needed to navigate the convoluted and complicated educational system and special education services in Texas. There is no doubt, without the years of knowledge, experience, guidance, and support of Family to Family Network and Leslie Lawson, my grandson would not be receiving the services needed to be successful in his academic career and future. Family to Family Network are in fact, a part of my grandson and our Family support team. I look forward to an ongoing relationship and partnership to continue to acquire accurate knowledge and training to advocate for my grandsons individual needs and ensure the educational agencies serving him are in compliance with providing a FAPE in all areas of need in the LRE; as well as all State (TEA) and Federal Educational (DOE) Laws.These Children in need are the Children of our Communities Future. They aren't going away. Would it not be wise and behoove all parties at stake to be proactive to advocate and provide the needed services now, vs being saddly reactive to costly damage control measures? After all, aren't our tax payers funding these services. Shouldn't our Government Leaders ensure good stewardship of our financial contributions and allocation of fundings for our childrens education. We have infact paid forward for this, its not a hand out. Our childrens educational and academic futures are funded and provided for and services should not be withheld or denied. Please, dont be discouraged or ever give up, for if you do we will have all lost greatly. Thank you, Family to Family Network and Leslie Lawson for all you do for our Family and Community. You are Super Hereos in saving the academic lives of these Children and they are worthy! I Pray grants and funding continue to be provided so that you may continue "to fight the good fight", through education and empowering accurate knowledge to Families for Children in need throughout Texas.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a case manager with the Children and Pregnant Women Program. Family to Family is the organization I use most often when I need information/resources to help the families I work with. I also make referrals to the organization as an excellent resource for families who have a love one with a disability. It's wonderful to have an organization that helps parents navigate and understand Texas' complex medical system for those with disabilities. Thanks for all you do. B. Love LCSW

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

F2F is friendly and professional. They have provided me with their time and patience as well as their wealth of knowledge on special education, legal issues, guardianship, and medical/Medicaid/Medicaid waiver support. Any time that I am stumped and I know I can turn to F2F for their help. THANK YOU!

2 Marifi E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks to Family to Family Network of Houston we have had access to advocacy services and education, that has helped our family in receiving educational services for my son, Andres.
Andres has multiple disabilities, as well as a medically fragile condition. I am a single mother and I can't afford private advocates. Family to Family Network has helped me through the process, as well as empowered me with knowledge and a solid support system to become the best advocate for my son.
They even sponsored us to to go the Texas Capitol in Austin, to meet with our representatives and express our support for important legislation.
FOREVER GRATEFUL and looking forward to continue to work with them in the future!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son Danny (CP, Autistic)is 20, Family to Family Network has been a great help to our family, supporting us in different issues and matters throughout different levels, educational seminars, SSI and Guardianship. Thanks to all the great people working there, very professionals, highly recommended!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Family to Family does so much to support people with disabilities and families of people with disabilities living in the Houston area! I have referred people to them for resources, information, advice, and help with advocacy. They even partnered with others to help people impacted by Harvey. While all of these obviously make a huge difference in the lives of people in that area of the state, they also offer advocacy training that increases the impact made of the services and systems across the state.

1 Susan Nichols W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Family to Family Network has been one of the most useful organizations that I have known. They bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to families of children/young adults with disabilities. I have called them with questions related to everything from special education and IEP's to transitioning, Social Security, and referrals for services. I have known and been impressed with Family to Family for decades. They truly care about helping families and those with disabilities navigate the maze of education, services, etc. They are always ready to support and provide information to families. Thank you F2F!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Family to Family has a perspective on family involvement and engagement that is comforting to families. I attended a conference and heard Mary Jane talk to educators about the very real side of what parents are going through. My doctoral dissertation topic is family involvement in a transition-focused education and her presentation stopped me hard. A wrench was thrown into my prospectus that I was not expecting. Family to Family has valuable information for families, educators, and community members alike.

1 Alice M.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization with knowledgeable, friendly staff!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We are new to Texas and Family to Family Network helped to connect us with resources in our area and advised us on educational options for our child with special needs. We really appreciate their help and we plan to reach out in the future once we are more established. They are a great resource for families who have children with special needs!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was assisted in finding summer camps for my autistic son for the summer. They emailed me a list of organizations that offered the care I was seeking. I am so thankful for what they do! And.....there's no charge!

1 Dave W.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Family to Family Network has provided me with such valuable information helping me navigate the school special education process for my son and our family. Whenever I have a question about best practices or how to understand all of the paperwork that goes along with special education, the people at Family to Family are patient and kind and helpful. They have encouraged me to speak up and advocate for my son and for making changes happen at the school, school district, and state level for special education. Thank you Family to Family Network!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am incredibly happy and blessed to have such an amazing organization to help us maneuver the intricacies that comes with having a child with a disability.

Rebecca W.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Family to Family Network is an amazing resource for families, professionals, and the whole community. Family to Family empowers with information, inspires with insight, and builds the capacity and compassion of our community through education, advocacy, and relationship-building. As an educator and advocate, I learn from and refer families to Family to Family. The professionals and lay leaders are extraordinary, and they help everyone reach the greatest potential.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Very helpful in connecting me with resources! Each member of the Family to family network truly serves all communities ! They will educate, inform and advocate for you and your family .

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Connecting with Family to Family Network was a wonderful experience For me and my Family! I really appreciate their help.
Special Thanks to Dear Judy Blake for her great advises and Supports. She is a good friend of me and my family now. Even I know she has a very busy schedule but she never hesitate to help. I never met such amazing person in my life! She is always ready to help and support families. I wish her all the Best in her life. I believe she is truly a right and perfect person for her job in Family to Family Network.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Spoke with super compassionate, knowledgeable,and helpful folks on the phone about resources I was looking for to help my son. No judgment when you reach out and talk about your family!
They understand!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family moved to United States recently. Our child has Autism and non verbal. Had it not Family To Family Netwirk, it would have been hard for me to get the Special education services for my son in a shortest possible time. The education system here was quite new for me and had no idea how I would start and where to turn for my son's schooling and the services he needed and what schools have better Autism programs. I have been in touch with Family to Family through emails before moving here. Leslie Lawson of F2F is an awesome person. She guided me throughout and was always there whenever I needed her help. Overall I am happy with the services provided by F2F and very thankful to Leslie.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Family to Family Network is a wonderful nonprofit organization committed to educating families on how best to advocate for their special needs children as well as teaching self-advocacy skills for older Special Needs students. I am learning so much from their classes and appreciate everything this organization does!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son, Matthew, is on the autism spectrum and is almost 14. Family to Family Network offers many events and classes to many families. I would highly recommend them because they have been a blessing to us for many years.