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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

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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!!!

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

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a professional, I rely on Family to Family digest to keep up to date with trainings for myself and events/resources for the families I serve. When I am stumped on a problem related to children with special needs or special education, Family to Family is one of the first sites I check.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Family 2 Family is a unique resource available to families unlike any other organization. They have identified a variety of needs for families of children with disabilities across a wide variety of ages and ability levels, and have developed and provided training and support to address each. F2F is an organization that I routinely consult with for needed information. They have a high degree of expertise and are always able to assist or point me towards additional resources. I commonly refer parents to F2F.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

F2F is a fabulous resource for families AND other professionals. I am new to the Houston area and recently attended a talk by Mary Jane. She is a dynamic speaker and gave a very helpful talk. I've been in the field for a long time, so there's not much that I haven't heard, but she managed to present a new and interesting topic. I will use her insights time and time again. Thank you for being such a champion in our field!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Family 2 Family is without a doubt a needed and valuable asset to the many families with children who have unique and special needs. Most importantly, keep in mind that the effort put forth by F2F supports the entire community, as the foundation of the organization assists parents in raising independent adults who contribute to society. Without the efforts of F2F the entire community will experience the negative impact due to the loss of such a wonderfully supportive organization. There is not enough time or room on this post to list all the many positive ways F2F makes an impact on the community it serves. I am immensely thankful to F2F staff and board members. Robin Rettie, Lighthouse Learning & Resource www.LHlearningresource.com

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a special education supervisor and arranged for Family to Family to provide a series of free parent trainings for the district. The sessions were extremely well received by the parents who attended. Mary Jane and the rest of her team did a beautiful job of supporting parents, providing valuable (and accurate) information about special education, and encouraging communication/ collaboration between parents and the school.