Family to Family is a blessing to all parents with children requiring special needs. Most parents are overwhelmed with navigating the school system and governmental agencies to obtain the specialized services their special needs child deserves and is entitled to. Believe me, all of us as parents become frustrated with the "System". Family to Family has provided excellent support and advice over the years to my wife and I to help us understand what agencies and services our daughter was eligible for throughout her life from birth to adulthood. Family to Family support personnel helped us learn how to be advocates for our daughter to ensure she is not passed over for the services she needs to help develop her educational and social skills. I have always felt that Family to Family personnel understand our parental frustrations and will do what is in the best interest of our special needs child and in our best interests as parents. Definitely contact F2F and share your current situation! I highly recommend Family to Family Network for all parents of special needs children as a consultative support network. They have made a positive difference in the life of our daughter and do the same for so many parents who enlist their support. Contact them! You have nothing to lose and so much to gain for your child!!!
Family to Family offers a wealth of resources and supports to families of individuals with disabilities. I’ve been attending their conferences and participating in their offerings for years. They are always there for you and your family, no matter the age or disability of your child.
This group has helped our family navigate the complex world of parenting a child with disabilities. They are very knowledgeable and experienced in many areas such as legal issues, educational and social. This group has help many families over the course of their existence.
I help run a local autism nonprofit and Family to Family has been an invaluable resource to us for our families. Judy Blake especially has been a blessing to so many people! Thank you for always being there and for all you do. Dr. Lisa Graham-Garza
Amazing non profit with a wealth of information. I have learned so much and would recommend everyone on this journey to this organization. Thank you
I referred Family to Family Network to a friend and Judy Blake helped more than I could have imagined. Her network is valuable and trusted. She takes the time to listen. We appreciate her expertise, guidance and relationships. She does not give up.
Working with Family to Family Network far exceeded our expectations. Judy Blake is wonderful and goes above and beyond.
She is such a special individual, hardworking and empathetic. Although she is extremely busy, she manages to find time to get back to us and provide us with detailed results. We are grateful for her and her team.
I can say without a doubt that anyone I've shared F2F with has had a stellar experience and goes on to refer this organization with others. They seek the best way to help clients and families achieve positive outcomes. They are professional and compassionate.
Family to Family Network provides a wealth of resources, information and training. Both my son and I have been through their excellent advocacy training program. For years, they have been the organization we have turned to for questions regarding our Medicaid waiver program, employment support services, community resources, social security issues. They have so much experience in so many areas, in addition to the invaluable training for parents of children in the special educational system. I have referred many people to them through the years. They are an excellent organization providing much needed guidance to families of children with disabilities!
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!!!
When I first called Family to Family Network almost 30 years ago, my family was in crisis. We were trying access the best public school services for our son with Down Syndrome, and we didn’t know where to turn. That phone call changed everything! For three decades, their knowledgeable and compassionate team has guided us toward the resources we need it to help our son get the services he has needed, from pre-K through adulthood. Today he is a happy young man, with a meaningful life in the community that includes activities with friends and a part-time job that he enjoys. Connecting with Family to Family Network made all the difference!
Family to family is the best support I know of in Texas ! The staff is always available to answer my questions related to special education or what supports are available for my child and for my friends who have a family member with a disability! The staff is highly trained and knowledgeable and is always quick to answer a question whether it’s through email or over the phone. I have referred many friends to them over the years and each friend has said “family to family was such a lifesaver!” They have been especially helpful in informing families of their rights to an inclusive education, and the REED and IEP process.
The staff are always willing to help and make a huge difference in lives if individual with disabilities. They have changed to course I’d my sons life through their training, support and advocacy!
Family to Family is a great resource for families who are trying to navigate the ARD/IEP planning process. Information, resources, and personal experiences shared empower families to control the direction of their child's education and become an active and contributing member of the ARD/IEP team. Texas Project First, a website developed by F2F for families is an information packed resource - one referenced often.
Family to Family has been a tremendous help to our family. As our needs have changed as kids grew into adults F2F continued to help with education, resources and referrals to other organizations to assist with transition to employment and independent living. Maryjane Williams and Judy Blake have gone out of their way to help me personally and also help others through involvement in autism support groups and other organization. The conferences and trainings are particularly helpful. A great organization making a big difference!
Family to Family Network provides invaluable help to caregivers who need help navigating the very confusing path of disabilities. They have a wealth of great information on their website. They also host terrific seminars and workshops. I am so grateful for their help!!
F2F is a great resource! I have participated in a number of workshops and webinars that they host and put on. I work FT and many are available through Zoom which is a huge benefit to getting the information I need without having to take time off.
Navigating the world of benefits available to people with special needs is daunting. Family to Family was very helpful answering my questions and guiding me through the process. The lady that helped me was patient and gracious, and her guidance will impact my son for the rest of his life.
Family 2 Family is a fantastic organization who has helped my family navigate so many issues for my son. From school to adult transition, employment, Medicaid, SSI, Medicare, SSDI, future planning, on and on. They are a wonderful. dedicated group of parents themselves with a true understanding of what it is to have a child with disabilities. I absolutely give them a 5 star rating and all of my thanks.
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.
Family to Family Network provides innovative information, support, and HOPE to families who too often only find outdated, uninformed, and hopeless information from "the experts" paid to provide services to the family and their child/young adult. Family to Family's experts are TRUE EXPERTS, families who have navigated the service systems (often for many years) themselves and can provide the kinds of information families desperately need and want...while simultaneously helping families see beyond their child's disability to who that child is as a person, a beloved family member, an important member of their community. We are thankful for Family to Family Network's walking by our side for 25+ years!
Since march 2015 I have been a target of LGBTQ and GLBT activists judges, District Attorney and Attorney general office of Harris county Texas all endorsing children abusers.
Jailed in Harris County on April 12th 2020 was in hunger strike for 7 days while request for a Bible , to talk to a chaplain and request for medical attention all ignored.
I had a problem with my special needs son's school. The school was not providing the homebound services agreed thru an ARD meeting. Leslie L. was able to guided me with the right information.
I followed what she suggested me to do. After following her advised the school provided me with a teacher for my son and also the school gave me compensatory services for the missing time he had.
Thank you Leslie for the great job you do
Lelsie was very nice over the phone. The few mins we were talking she provided so much good information to help me with child! Thank you Leslie!
We needed help with information for my daughter’s social security payment. Leslie was awesome and even told me about a program I hadn’t asked out. I can’t say enough good things!
Family to Family Network provides an INVALUABLE resource to families with children/adults with special needs. There is such a maze to try to maneuver through. They are thoughtful, resourceful, and dedicated to serving the needs of their community in their endeavor (and success) in providing information, resources, training, and so much more. Our family has asked for and received so much of the above from these self-less individuals to help our son.
We have provided financial resources to help them so that they may continue to do the above. Our giving is not near enough. ****They need financial resources from our community and Granting organizations that have the funds available to help Family to Family Network continue to be the non-profit special education experts and deliverers of information that is is so critical for our children.
They are always one of my first calls and/or emails when a question arises.
Can't thank them enough for all they do! Bless y'all!
*Looking at the individual and their abilities*
Our family has been helped many times over the years by Family To Family Network. They have an abundance of resources at their fingertips and are extremely knowledgeable. Leslie Lawson always goes above and beyond to make sure we have all the information we need to make informed decisions for our daughter and her care. This organization is so essential to parents who often feel hopeless and alone in navigating life with their special needs child. It can be difficult to find someone to give you straight answers and point you in the right direction. The best thing about F2F is that most of the employees are also parent of special needs children or young adults. They speak from first hand experience!
F2F has provided tremendous support and is a source of information and advocacy to my family for numerous years. Every time we contact Family To Family Network, they have either had the answer or given us resources to get answers. They go above and beyond to assist the community to understand what services are available, what to do when rights are being suppressed, and how to further opportunities for people with disabilities. The staff is incredibly hard-working and dedicated, and we are always grateful for all they do!
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!!
I am always grateful to partner with Family to Family Network, go to their workshops/training, and learn from everyone within the organization. The wealth of knowledge between Mary Jane and Judy amazes me. I know when ever I encounter a barrier, I can always get alternative solutions from Family to Family Network. Thank you!
Family to Family was so wonderful in helping us to better understand the ARD process and be able to advocate for our daughter. It is so complicated and they directed and assisted us in steps to take and questions to ask we wouldn't have even known to ask. We are so grateful to have both the site and people as a resource!
Motivated non-profit; really want to help families. Really appreciate the annual conference and resource fair they hold.
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.
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
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.
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 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.