To make tomorrow better than today by supporting and empowering children, youth, and families
involved with Child Protective Services.
Race Equity Value Statement
Many of the children, youth, and families we serve through child welfare systems are disproportionately impacted by racism and other social injustices. We are committed to:
- Manifesting change in our spheres of influence by using intentional language, embracing educational and training opportunities, and engaging in courageous conversations with our supporters and other members of our community.
- Building an organization, programs, and events that more accurately reflect and more effectively support those we serve.
- Advocating for reforms and enhancements that prioritize just treatment and the fair distribution of resources and support.
What we do
What we do at Partnerships for Children is complex. That’s because we do so many things that make a broad impact on the children in our community. And we can help you do the same.
We're a support system for Central Texas CPS caseworkers and children. Our programs provide needed support for foster children in Austin and Central Texas. We are located inside CPS offices in both Austin and Waco, and we're caseworkers’ first point of contact to get something they need to help them care for the children they’re working with.
We do our best to help out wherever we can.
What we do is real. It’s tangible. And you can be a part of it.
All these little things that say “You’re not alone” and “We care” add up over a child’s life. They can change the course of their future.
We know how much you want to help the children in our community. Nothing is more important. Through our programs, you can make an impact—in the way that works best for you.
In 1989, after the highly publicized death of a young toddler in Dallas, a group of concerned citizens created Community Partners of Dallas to assist Child Protective Services (CPS) caseworkers in meeting the needs of children in their care. Then in 1993, these efforts evolved into 24/7 resource rooms called Rainbow Rooms. In 1998, with the help of the First Lady of Texas, Laura Bush, this program was replicated throughout Texas.
Nov 12, 2017
In February of 2003, this initiative was brought to Austin as Partnerships for Austin Children in Crisis (now Partnerships for Children) and was incorporated and gained 501c3 status. We opened the doors to the first Travis County Rainbow Room in September of that year.
In 2004, we began our second program, Holiday Wishes. We hosted its first toy drive, brightening the lives of 250 children who couldn’t be home for the holidays.
Nov 12, 2017
After seeing what a difference our two programs were making in the lives of the children in CPS, we decided to work on making an even bigger impact through annual fundraising. In 2006, we hosted our 1st annual gala. In 2010, Cover 3 hosted its 1st annual Golf Classic for us. In 2011, we hosted our 1st annual Girls & Giving event and the 1st annual Byrd & Street Mistletoe Jam.
Nov 12, 2017
In 2012, we were awarded the Impact Austin grant. This enabled us to launch our third program, YES Mentoring, to support youth aging out of the child welfare system.
In 2014, we announced our fourth program, the Heart Gallery of Central Texas, at our 10th Anniversary Celebration. This program helps children who’ve been waiting to be adopted find their forever home.
At the end of our 2014 fiscal year, our annual operating budget broke the $1 million mark. And we haven't stopped growing. We kicked off our current fiscal year with a $2.5 million operating budget.
Our volunteer initiative, Teens4Teens, began in the summer of 2016. We knew this was a wonderful opportunity for young people to get involved in their communities and be encouraged to maintain that spirit of generosity as adults.
Nov 12, 2017
Forever Families is a weekly outreach and awareness segment featuring children and youth from our Heart Gallery. Since 2017, the coverage has expanded, and these segments are now featured on KVUE and viewed by thousands each week.
In 2018, we were approached by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation to take over the backbone support for Foster Community; a network of nonprofits, government agencies and community leaders dedicated to increasing the number and diversity of healing foster and adoptive families in Central Texas.
In 2019, we expanded our resource services coverage and took over management of the Rainbow Room in Waco to assist with the growing need in this community.
Apr 29, 2021
2020 certainly had a profound impact on our world and was especially challenging for the children and families we serve. Through the amazing support of our community, PFC was able to pivot and expand our resource services to provide meal delivery, grocery gift cards and rent and utilities assistance to the families we serve. This assistance is now part of our regularly provided resources.
Our Board of Directors have focused the final months of 2020 on in-depth DEI work to build a foundation for the future of our organization and programs that put anti-racist and culturally competent supports in place to continue to chip away at the disparities in outcomes for children of color in our community.
In January 2021, we announced that Kids in a New Groove (KING) would be joining the PFC family. This mentoring through music program provides music mentors for children ages 5 and up who are involved in the child welfare system.
Each Thursday on KVUE daybreak, midday, and weekend daybreak, reporter Tori Larned introduces a new child looking for a forever family. These segments are crucial in raising awareness about the children featured in The Heart Gallery of Central Texas. This week we meet Marshall, who got a private lesson with Harlem Globetrotter “El Gato.”
From being overdrawn on a bank account by nearly $1,000 to being able to buy her first car and now saving for a wedding, Mandy Donaldson has learned the meaning of financial management while trying to balance work and life expectations.
Willett Law Firm, PC
Texas School Coalition
Past Board Chair
Product Marketing Manager,
CFO, Fuquay, Inc.
Race Equity Chair
Health Management Associates
Law Office of Keiko Griffin, PLLC
Assistant Attorney General,
Office of the Attorney
General of Texas
Ad Engine Strategies
Director of Digital and
Channel Territory Manager,
Product Marketing Manager,
Wild Child and Glorietta
Vice President, Worldwide Procurement Dell Technologies
Foster Community Director
Support Services Director
Resource Services Director
Heart Gallery Coordinator
Heart Gallery Program Manager
Youth Services Manager
Waco Rainbow Room Administrator
Austin Rainbow Room Administrator
Mentor Support Manager
Volunteer & Engagement Manager