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Nonprofit Overview

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

123 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 3

I love this non profit helping children is the best we can do for our future .....as while as my non profit www.gotchild.com helping children from dying in hot cars ....contact us

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After being pulled from public school and home schooled for several years. my son with autism was ready to integrate with the world again. F2F helped me with critical information about our rights, state and district policy and law in order to get him correctly and happily integrated into 12th grade, credits in check to graduate, and into the work based learning program he needed. They helped him with self advocacy training. They helped me with the IEP/ARD process. They have continued to help our family with important information about relevant issues we continually have to deal with, like Social Security, Gaurdianship, Medicaid Waiver programs and State Agencies. Because of the personal stakes they have in the outcome of their own children with disabilities, they are constantly tuned into the issues that will affect my childs outcome. I know I can trust the information they provide to us without worry of another agenda. They are an invaluable resource for empathetic and knowledgeable information and help.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thirteen years ago, when I adopted my son, Family to Family was one of the first organization I received resources and assistance from. The workshops I attended were very helpful in learning about all disabilities. My son has multiple disabilities and they assisted me in putting my priorities in order to get him the help I needed for him.

The most important aspect about Family to Family is that they are a group of individuals who guide and show you what to do, but they allow you to learn and do it yourself. The best training and advise I have received for myself and my son. Thank you Family to Family for your support but also for the support you give others.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Family to Family is one of the greatest agencies that offer support for families who need assistance. They offer great programs and activities for all. I have worked with them and my clients have benefited enormously. Thanks Family to Family!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Family to Family helped tremendously in changing the treatment of Life Skills students in my school
district. The Director helped me personally in so many ways. She helped me write and substantiate
my objections to then current school practices. More importantly, with the help of the TEA, she helped
change them for future students in the District. This organization is wonderful!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Family to Family is THE BEST. The Seminars that they offer are most
informative and professionally given.

As far a personal help with my sons and their school; I cannot say
enough good things about the organization and all who are a part of
it.

I have struggled for years to get my son's high school to hear my
grievances and struggles with their system. F2F help me write complaints to TEC with examples and regulations violated. I now
feel I have a real chance of being heard and changing their system.
I am eternally grateful for all that F2F does to educate and inform
parents.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Family to Family Network has been such a valuable resource for our family! Through F2F, I've learned so much about other resources available to help us with our special-needs child! The folks at F2F have been so generous with their time, and really "plugged me in" so that I could get that support I need to be an advocate for my girl. Because of F2F, she's gone to the rodeo, and I've made connections, and she's at the best possible school for her.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Family to Family has been such a blesing to our family! When we realized the amount of help we would need with our child, it was fortunate I came across this organization. They provide many opportunities for special needs children (rodeo, sports, parties, attending professional games) where they can just be kids, and at the same time, for parents to connect. They also provide assistance with school issues and have a vast amount of experience. I've even received some help/ideas for preparing our wills and getting my son a plan......which is a huge relief!

The best thing about them is that it's not "can/can't," but "how are we going to," which is how I like to approach things, and they are so positive and good listeners.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I first became aware of F2F from my son's OT when he was around 1 year old. At the time, I did not understand how important this organization would become to our family. The first thing we did was sign up for a family friend. Carolyn came out to meet us and was so warm and friendly. She got us the perfect family friend, Ms. Reggie. Oh, how we love her! She was so good with my son, and I loved having her around as a friend too. I got on the email list a few years ago and that's where I learned about so many events going on in Houston for people with disabilities. I found out about the fun day in the fall at Lone Star College, attended a workshop to help my son with fine motor skills, went to an ARD preparation meeting to help with the beginning of school, found out about a sports organization through which I found out about a place where my son could receive therapy (and we both love it!), gave my son his first opportunity to participate in a walk-run to help support f2f, and finally....the Lil' Rustler Rodeo. I cannot even begin to tell you how much that event meant to him. He thought he was king of the show that day. He was so proud to be with all of the other kids, his buddies were fabulous, and he wore his belt buckle given to him for about 2 weeks straight (shorts, jeans, didn't matter). He loved it when people mentioned how big his buckle was and "You are definitely a real cowboy" comments. We are so grateful to Family to Family Network. It's a giant algorithm where one good opportunity leads to another. Sincerely, Tina Hill

Client Served

Rating: 5

Family to Family provides useful information for a myriad of needs for disabled persons and their families in our community. The staff is always available, friendly, dedicated and results-oriented. We in the Houston area are blessed to have such a gem of an organization!

Aimee9

Client Served

Rating: 5

Family to family has ben a godsend to my family when my kids were diagnosed to be on the autism spectrum. They were full of information where to go, best places, people, resources, and I met the most wonderful friends.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Family to Family was a great source of information and encouragement as we fought for our daughter's inclusion in regular classes in the 90's and the new millennium . Their sponsored conferences and workshops included easy to understand sessions with dynamic speakers. Then, 20 years later we were back on their doorstep looking for advice for our granddaughter...their information and referral lists were current and extremely beneficial. We have been sending parents to this amazing organization for years

LisaGrahamGarza

Client Served

Rating: 5

Family to family helps many parents of children with special needs learn about the resources in our area.
As a parent of a child with autism and another child who has learning disabilities I consider them a valuable resource.

Shannon24

Client Served

Rating: 5

Family To Family Network is a wealth of information and is located conveniently near our therapy center. I have two sons with special needs that have attended many events through F2F. They always answer questions too!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have to two young sons with special needs. I had no friends that also had kids with special needs so I was totally lost. This organization has helped us with advice, answering emails and also with giving us tickets to go to sporting events. Having two special needs children is very expensive and they helped me find organizations and grants that could help us to pay for services. They also gave us brochures and advice and kind words when we stopped by right after the diagnosis of my oldest.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As parents with a son with special needs, my husband and I are grateful to have access to a list of timely workshops and other events. It already is difficult to navigate our array of appointments, educational services and other areas; it would be impossible to access the websites of all the organizations to find what is beneficial to us.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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. :-)

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Family to Family Network is the go-to resource not only for parents, but also for professionals in the field of disabilities.

Loretta@lzream.org

Erma W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The information that I learned in the first two days with family to family network, has been a life changer for my family. I was infused with a wealth of information on many subjects, my only hope is that I have learned and retained enough information , so that I too can be of help to other families in my community who are as lost as I was when I first walked into the family to family training class room. There is a quote that comes to mind when I think of all that Family to Family network and their associates have done for my family and myself, It reads something like this "together we can make a difference." I hope I have that one piece of information that will make the difference in some child, or adult with a disability's life in such a way that it will be changed for the better for a lifetime. Thank you all for everything you've done to bring about such a positive change in the life of my family.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

F2F is a great resource for parents and professionals. I really appreciate the updates and resources that are constantly being provided. I am thankful for such a great service.