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FamilyLight is in the advanced stages of creating new services for the general public and for referring professionals.   This is our description of what we are planning for the general public.   Look here for what we plan for referring professionals.   

Since creating the “Programs and More” section of this website, we have learned a lot.  One thing we have learned is that we do not have the time to develop the website and serve our clients.    We cannot afford to cut back on direct service to our clients in order to develop the website without developing revenue from the website itself.   We will not resolve that by accepting advertising revenue.[1] If we accepted payment for advertising from schools and programs we assess, that would compromise our objectivity and credibility, so we won't do it.  We learned that we have not met our own standards in responding to web users who write in.   We believe that in order to devote more time to developing this service which we know many people appreciate, we need to establish a revenue stream from the website itself.  This will cover lost revenue as we shift time from time spent with private clients to time spent further developing information on the web.

Therefore  we will be expanding this website with more information and discussion features, with a nominal fee to access the areas of expansion, and some areas that will be moved from the current public area to the new members area.   Most of what has been visible to the public without charge will remain visible without charge.   All guest contributions provided in anticipation of being on unrestricted public view will remain on unrestricted public view, without exception.  School/Program reviews will remain in the unrestricted area at least until revised.    “Topics of Interest” entries will be left unrestricted or moved on a case by case basis, except that all guest contributions provided for unrestricted access will remain unrestricted.    In almost all cases, items that will be accessible only to paying members will be introduced in the unrestricted area.  That is a new review of a program will still have a the opening part in the unrestricted public area.  

One of the most important features of the new “members’ area” will be the initiation of space for discussion and feedback.  Our relatively new “ask a question” service will be limited to paid members, once the member option is fully implemented. 

One of our major purposes in creating the “Programs and More” section of this website was and is to give meaningful assistance to people who chose not to engage a consultant for a full consultation.   We intend the “members’ area” to strengthen that option greatly.   

When this service is initially implemented,  we will  impose very minimal charges, but as that service expands, and along with it the value of that service,  we will gradually increase access fees.  Please stay tuned. We hope to have this service fully operational by mid-summer 2013.


[1] We actually might accept future advertising from businesses that are not businesses we assess or attempt to describe objectively. If Ford or Chevrolet wanted to advertise on our site, we might allow that.  We will not accept advertising from schools and programs. 

Feedback is invited. We will publish feedback in good taste, consistent with our standards.  Email FamilyLightResponse@yahoo.com     When the member service is implemented, this feedback offer will be replaced with a place where paid members can leave their feedback.  

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Disclaimer: No  program review, no matter how positive, is a blanket endorsement. No criticism is a blanket condemnation.  When we express our level of confidence in a school or program, that is our subjective opinion with which others might reasonably disagree.  When we assert something as fact, we have done our best to be accurate, but we cannot guarantee that all of our information is accurate and up to date. When we address compliance with our guidelines, you need to remember that these are only OUR guidelines -- not guidelines from an official source.  We have also set the bar very high, and do not expect any school or program to be in total compliance.  It is not appropriate to draw a conclusion of impropriety (or even failure to live up to conventional wisdom) from our lack of confidence in a school or program or from less than perfect conformity to our guidelines.  Some will say we expect too much. Readers are responsible for verifying accuracy of information supplied here prior to acting upon it. We are not responsible for inaccuracies.

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Last update May 22, 2013 

 
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