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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 6/30/17 - Over 1300 persons made email, phone or online requests for information on the special education process (38%), finding resources in the community (26%), information on how to navigate the adult service system (21%) or had other areas of need for information & support (13%). There are over 2000 individuals receiving our monthly e-newsletter of family events, training opportunities or support groups. Attended 29 community resource fair events where F2F spoke to over 1600 individuals. Held a conference event as well as provided training in the community to over 900. 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.

Target demographics: Families with children with disabilities or chronic illness

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2781

Geographic areas served: Greater Houston Area

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

Community Stories

113 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Susan509

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

Received the best help from Leslie Lawson at F2F. They have been readily available for me and my son's need.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a professional serving adults with disabilities after they transition from school, I am thankful for Family to Family for providing trainings and resources.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.
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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

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Jenny

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Great resource for navigating education in public schools for our special needs child.

Sherri36

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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FamilytoFamilyNetwork 05/18/2016

Thank you so much! Keep attending those training programs - Knowledge is power!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They are patient and provide a wealth of resources. I wish I had called them years ago.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Kellybelly25

Client Served

Rating: 5

F2F has been a great resource for our daughter in advocating for public school, participate in local community events & very helpful resources.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

F2F has been a great resource of information & advisors who are knowledgable to make arents feel at ease when having to prepare for ARD's. the staff is very friendly, helpful, follows up with information as promised. I would recommend this organization to other parents.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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FamilytoFamilyNetwork 05/18/2016

Leslie is wonderful! Thank you!