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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 6/30/17 - 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

121 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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FamilytoFamilyNetwork 05/18/2016

Leslie is such an asset! Thank you so much!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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.

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FamilytoFamilyNetwork 10/30/2015

Thank you so much!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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FamilytoFamilyNetwork 10/30/2015

Thank you so much - Leslie is wonderful!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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FamilytoFamilyNetwork 10/30/2015

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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FamilytoFamilyNetwork 10/30/2015

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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FamilytoFamilyNetwork 10/30/2015

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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FamilytoFamilyNetwork 10/30/2015

Thank you Pilar!

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Donor

Rating: 5

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!

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FamilytoFamilyNetwork 10/30/2015

Thank you for all the wonderful adjectives!

Board Member

Rating: 4

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.

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FamilytoFamilyNetwork 10/30/2015

Thank you so much! Board members are so key to helping the organization continue doing what it does so well.

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Board Member

Rating: 4

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).

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.