About

Our Mission

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.

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We provide a supply room in CPS buildings that’s open 24/7 in case a child needs something any time of day. It could be toiletries, school supplies, a toy, diapers, or clothing.

We provide community mentors to youth who are likely to age out of the foster care system, empowering them to live independently. 

We provide gifts to make the magic of the holidays a reality for children who need it most.

We help children who’ve been waiting to be adopted find a forever home with a loving family.

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.

"I had to grab a few things from the Rainbow Room after an emergency removal and the 10-year-old boy that was with me could not take his eyes off our display of toothbrushes.  I realized that he has never had his very own toothbrush.  We now make sure that he always has the items that he needs and deserves because of the Rainbow Room."

—Investigations Caseworker

Our History

  • 1989–1998

    1989–1998

    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

    2003–2004

    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

    2006–2011

    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

    2012–2016

    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

    2017-2019

    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

    2020-2021

    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. 

Latest News

Forever Families

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.”

Yes Mentoring

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.

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Interested in talking with us about story opportunities? Email info@partnershipsforchildren.org or call 512-834-4756

Our Board

Board Chair

Ryan Willett

Attorney,
Willett Law Firm, PC

Board Chair-Elect

Christy Rome

Executive Director,
Texas School Coalition

Past Board Chair

Paige Darby

Community Advocate

Board Secretary

Nicole Watson

Product Marketing Manager,
Salesforce

Board Treasurer

Dauphen Jackson

CFO, Fuquay, Inc.

Race Equity Chair

Iliana Gilman

Principal,
Health Management Associates

Keiko Anderson

Lawyer,
Law Office of Keiko Griffin, PLLC

Sally Baskin

Territory Director,
Azure

Chrissy Compere

Community Advocate

Dorian Colbert

Psychology Instructor,
Hutson-Tilloston University

Clint Harbour

Assistant Attorney General,
Office of the Attorney
General of Texas

Tom Michel

Founder,
Ad Engine Strategies

Kevin Priestner

Director of Digital and
Executive Communications,
Dimensional

Norman Watkins

Channel Territory Manager,
Avaya

Nicole Watson

Product Marketing Manager,
Salesforce

Kelsey Wilson

Music Artist,
Wild Child and Glorietta

Max Zieky

Vice President, Worldwide Procurement Dell Technologies

Our Staff

Kori Gough

Executive Director

Chelsy

Chelsy Alexander

Foster Community Director

Erin

Erin Argue

Support Services Director

Latanya Bitmoji

Latanya Britton

Office Administrator

Elisabeth Bitmoji

Elisabeth Carrell

Events Director

Marcus Bitmoji

Marcus Cantu

Resource Services Director

Tricia Bitmoji

Tricia Dunlap

Heart Gallery Coordinator

Michele

Michele Freeman

Heart Gallery Program Manager

Aneiya

Aneiya Harrison

Youth Services Manager

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Rachel Petrichenko

Business Director

Josh Bitmoji

Josh Ransom

Mentoring Coordinator

Robert Bitmoji

Robert Satchell

Waco Rainbow Room Administrator

Stacey Bitmoji

Stacey Thompson

Austin Rainbow Room Administrator

Sarah Bitmoji

Sarah Wauters

Mentor Support Manager

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Kelly Wisniewski

Volunteer & Engagement Manager

Katie Bitmoji

Katie Young

Development Director