One month after being discharged from a 3 month hospital stay for brain surgery, my then 1 year old son, my autistic 4 year old daughter, husband and I experienced Harvey’s flooding rage. We had to be rescued in raft, we loaded the kids & covered them up as it was raining, we loaded my sons medical equipment, medical food, diapers, and some stuffed animals to keep them calm. Luckily we were taken to a church that was next door to a hotel which my sister immediately booked for a week stay over the phone. We were lucky to have a sister who was financially able to help during a time we were tapped out due to the hospital stay. Family to Family Network stepped in right away assessing my family’s immediate needs & long term needs to make sure we had everything we needed to care for the kids from medical equipment to some toys. I will forever be grateful for their assistance helping my family pull through this experience. Our house was damaged to the point we could not stay there. We were out our home for 6 1/2 months. On the weekends we stayed at my sisters house one hour away, then during the week we stayed at a friend’s house who lived close enough to my Daugter’s school so i was able to take her to school everyday okay. Months later, even years later this organization continues to follow up with my family helping me better understand their disabilities, navigate the system, and provide opportunities my kids would have otherwise never had. Just recently, having learned that our house was still not completed and portions were still unsafe for the kids, they reached out and paired us with the correct people to get it finished. This organization truly is a Family to Family Network, they always make me feel like part of a family and we are always in their thoughts.
Called family to family and someone took my question and had imfomation about it soon, they did not just send me the answer to my question but a lot of other material a did not know, i'm very gratefull for this organization , thank you
Family to Family has meant the world to me. I have two children with multiple disabilities. I found F2F when my children were infants 23 years ago. They taught me about the waiting lists, so I put my children on the lists, and their names came up after 10 years, and I am so grateful to have that service available to my children today. Back in the day, F2F had monthly meetings with speakers whom taught self-care, about respite, advocating for our children and community resources. F2F taught me how to organize my files, research for services, People First Language and Person Centered Planning. I learned ARD lingo, how to write IEP's, read and understand Commissioner Rules, Austin Advocacy & letter writing. F2F is a solid organization with many of the same staff. They are parents of special needs children and are dedicated and passionate about helping others. They can be counted on for being available, transparent and always "there" and having high standards and integrity. The information is always accurate and dependable. I have accessed help many times over the years. The wonderful thing about F2F is they "teach people how to fish and not just give them a fish" meaning, they teach people where to find the information and help, so that self education can continue, and be ongoing, and then shared with others. F2F is A++ IN MY BOOKS!
F2F is a life saver! They are a non profit to help families and individuals navigate Special Education services, adult benefits, how to live and connect with others with disabilities, integrate into the community and feel confident about yourself and your future. They taught me about Medicaid waiting lists, how to build a relationship with the school, life books, how to plan for the future, how to be an advocate, and so much more. They have conferences that are INVALUABLE, their staff has a knowledge base of all most everything in Houston, they can always point you in the right direction and give you tools and websites to continue your search. They have been around a long time and are very well respected. You will see them all over the city at conferences and meetings gathering and disseminating information about how to solve problems and get connected! Be sure to check out their website and look for the "Tx Project First" tab. Save it as a favorite as you will refer to it often! I can not sing the praises of F2F enough! If you are confused where to go or what to do next, call F2F and they will point you in the right direction. :-)
Family to Family Network has been a valuable resource for us. We use them often to help us with questions relating to school, transition to adulthood, and guidance about medical needs for our son who has mild autism and is now in Junior High.
We appreciate that our concerns are heard by people who can relate to our needs because they also have children/family members with similar needs, and respond to phone calls/emails in a professional and respectful way.
Family to Family Network is a place we count on to help us make life decisions for our son with confidence. We appreciate the level of care and importance Family to Family Network people have given to us over and over.
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
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!
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!
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!!
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.
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!!!
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.
Great organization with knowledgeable, friendly staff!!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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!
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.
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!!!
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.
I was having a terrible time with the staff at my sons school and was feeling helpless trying to find a way to make things change. A friend recommended I call f2f and I’m so glad she did! They gave me the most helpful advice and told me everything I needed to say to the staff to get changes made, and it worked! I cannot express how truly grateful I am for their help!
Leslie was so very helpful in helping me get information on lawyers for Guardianship. She sent me a lot of helpful links and took the time to answer my questions. I am very thankful for all y’all do for the Autism community!
Family to Family Network allows me to not be alone in my journey to support my adult Asperger's child. Family to Family Network connected me to available resources that helped my 24 year son to feel good about himself and be part of our community. At Family to Family Network I learned about a program that will facilitate my son to gain employment, dignity, and self respect. I thank this organization from the bottom of my heart.
Family 2 Family has been an avenue for me to meet parents of children living with disabilities. Those relationships have been proven to be helpful in dealing with issues at School and social settings. These relationships have grown into friendships that are invaluable.
Hey I have son his name is tyshawn and he can't walk or talk he gets feed through a feeding tube and it's hard trying to get him around with no car I'm a single parent just trying to make things better for us no help from my family.
Family To Family Network is a wonderful Non Profit organization, They have supported me with various needs. I also enjoy going to their annual conference and resource fair.
Family To Family Network has A lot to offer
This organization was wonderful and getting Brooklyn demand to the little rustlers event at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Brooklyn love the cowgirl that was assigned to her and had the time of her life roping and riding and just being a wonderful kid. Brooke has CP epilepsy in intellectual disabilities and this group has always supported us in every way possible. They were the first organization to reach out after Hurricane Harvey with offers to help us. They were also the ones we turn to so that we could help others affected by Hurricane Harvey. This organization has been helpful to tremendous number of Children and Families
After the flooding subsided in Houston, Family to Family reached out to see if there was anything they could do to help our two special needs girls. With the Help of an organization in Ohio called The Make It Fit Foundation, each of the girls received a lovely weighted blanket. Both girls were traumatized at having to evacuate our home for a night and are currently terrified at any sign of rain or thunder in the area. This was a wonderful gesture by very caring individuals in Texas and Ohio! Brook is 6 and has cerebral palsy, epilepsy and intellectual disabilities - she is she one under the dino blanket. Skyler is 11 and she is high functioning autistic with ADHD, she is the one smiling for the cameras.
Over the years Family to Family Network has provided so much support to families in Texas affected by disability. Many years ago, my world was changed as I was honored to participate in their Disability Leadership program. It changed my views on the potential roles of people with disabilities in all walks of life and made me realize I needed to view my son, and so many others, through the same lens we view all people -- with a focus on what they can do and the supports they might need to live a fulfilling life of purpose.
We have had many bumps in the road, most recently being displaced from our home by floodwaters of Hurricane Harvey. Again, F2F was there for us providing direct support as well as vital guidance and emotional support. Certainly my son's trauma has been made less due to the generous help of F2F and their partners in the Hurricane Harvey recovery.
I strongly endorse Family to Family Network as an organization that leverages all their resources to provide maximum benefit to Texans with disabilities.
I am including a recent picture of my son with autism enjoying some of the items provided by F2F and their partners to alleviate stress. As you can see, he is pleased!
As a board member of both local and national level autism advocacy organizations, for years I have referred parents to Family to Family Network for help navigating special ed in Texas' public schools, and many other topics important to families of children with disabilities. They are unquestionably one of the most cost efficient, effective, family-friendly non-profits in Texas. Even though I've been at the advocacy game for a long time, I call on them periodically for issues related to my son with autism as he gets older and we face new challenges.
This group was an amazing resource of help and support for the special needs community during and after Hurricane Harvey. There was a lot of help and donations pouring into our area but Family-to-Family made certain that our children and families with special needs were not forgotten! God Bless them
Received the best help from Leslie Lawson at F2F. They have been readily available for me and my son's need.
This is an amazing organization that helps and supports parents and kids to bring to a another higher level. My family had attended a lot of classes arranged free of cost by them that helped my family to understand better of the schools and benefits in Texas. Mary and Judy went out of their way to help us a lot. Thanks a lot to them and my salute to their dedicated services.
Ravi, Valli, Dhevi and Hari
I have two special needs grandchildren. Skyler is 11 years old with autism and ADHD. Brook is 6 with cerebral palsy, epilepsy and intellectual disability. Family to Family network made tickets to Lil Rustler available to both girls in 2016 and they had a wonderful time at the kids rodeo with their assigned cowboys and then we went to the actual rodeo and concert that evening. It was a wonderful night out and a true break for my daughter to be able to just sit and enjoy what the girls were doing. In 2017 Skyler had aged out of Lil Rustlers, but Family to Family again sent tickets for all of u and we went and watched Brook at the little kids rodeo and then went to the actual rodeo and concert. Brook loved her cowboy and all the special kid events and Skyler had an amazing time at the concert. Family to Family is a wonderful organization that made all of this possible and all of their people are very kind in dealing with the kids and parents.
As a professional serving adults with disabilities after they transition from school, I am thankful for Family to Family for providing trainings and resources.
Family To Family is a valuable resource for my family! I am so thankful for the volunteers who share their stories and train and guide us parents on this journey of parenting a child with special needs. I tell so many parents about this great organization and how they want to help us parents navigate the school years and transition to adulthood.
Family to family has made me feel welcome and supported. So many times I felt alone in my journey trying to know how I can help my son reach his goal in life. Now I know I am not alone. Having the opportunity to meet so many other mom's and see what they gave done to support their children with disabilities, has inspired me to continue and never give up. Thank you Family to Family for giving me hope and showing me it's possible to make a difference. All the training you provide has open my eyes. Thank you for your support to the communityand everything you do.
I had the questions for my son's ARD meeting and called Family to family network. They helped me clear the issue, emailed me the sample letters. It is great help for me to advocate for my son.
My son moved to foreign country at age of 3, grew up there, just came back recently. He is 20 years old. He just got admitted to school, but the evaluation takes time, he won't be able to go to school until fall. We do not know what is the next and what we do can now. The presenter's personal experience game me a clear picture where to start and what we can do and where to find help. The seminar is very informative and helpful for us. Thank you very much!
Today's placement class from Ms. Mary Jane is very helpful, it helps me to understand the procedure to decide placement, i am looking forward to joining your future class!
Thanks and Best Regards,
Family to Family Network provides much needed support for us, parents and caregivers, navigating this marathon life of parenting a child with special needs. I am always greeted with a warm welcome and a listening ear. Their own personal experiences make the training sessions very informative and helpful as I navigate transition planning for my 15 year old daughter. Many thanks to these wonderful people!!
It is a great way to connect with other families and share ideas. I liked how professional the presentation was. I am looking forward to registering for more classes.
This group is wonderful. Always providing information and opportunities for parents to learn about their child's uniqueness or disability. Extremely helpful with answers to your questions. Thank you F2F Network!
These guys put on the best programs to help with children with disabilities and their families. I attended a program about social security and it was very helpful. Please donate and keep their program going.
Thank you so much! Keep attending those training programs - Knowledge is power!
When I was completely lost and had no idea to help my family with our special needs, Family to Family was able to provide me with resources and advice. I can't say enough great things about the people and services there.
F2F has been a great resource for our daughter in advocating for public school, participate in local community events & very helpful resources.
I contacted Family To Family on behalf of a family in need. Leslie Lawson provided great resources and options for the family to consider. Family To Family can always be counted on to help families and their children with disabilities. They have been supporting families for many years.
Leslie is wonderful! Thank you!
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.
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.
Leslie is such an asset! Thank you so much!
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!!
Our family has a precious member who is a low functioning autistic child. As he approaches young adulthood, we began due diligence and therein connected with Family to Family Network. The contact was compassionate, an incredible listener and was also parenting an adult child with autism.
We learned about certain options which lead us to additional contacts. Through this research, we became aware of places within Texas that may be suitable for channeling energy and proper academic education environments to help our loved one excel in his world. It was the answer to many heart-felt conversations and prayers.
Thank you so much!
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.
Thank you so much - Leslie is wonderful!
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 !
Thank you for acknowledging the importance of valuing all people with disabilities!
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.
Thank you - we are glad you learned to partner with your school and make Inclusion happen!
Great organization with an excellent staff that is very helpful. The best organization to get support with the special education process and referrals to community resources.
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.
Thank you for making sure your son is part of his IEP meeting!
It is nice to find great people that understand your situation and that can Guide you every time.
Thank you Pilar!
Consistent. Connected. Caring. Competent. Creative. Collaborative. Credible. Crucial!
Family to Family Network is all of these and that much more. . Making a difference for children and adults with disabilities and their families!
Thank you for all the wonderful adjectives!
I have served on the board for several years, and continue to be impressed with the passion brought by this organization to serve its base. With limited funding, it works to find new ways to increase its effectiveness in assisting Greater Houston-area families with children with disabilities, whether through technology or through partnerships with other organizations throughout the state. To me, there are the #1 resource for these families for information and support.
Thank you so much! Board members are so key to helping the organization continue doing what it does so well.
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).
F2F is the best resource for special needs information. My family has benefitted from F2F Network for nearly 15 years. The staff is helpful, kind and goes the extra mile for everyone.
I am very grateful for Family to Family Network. I learned so much from their workshops and the one on one support that I received from them, when I needed some direction in working with my son's school. I know that when I need information on a topic, I can just call and they will provide me with the resources and information that I need. The ladies are wonderful! We would not be where we are without their help.