Our Mission

To empower and support abused and neglected children in the care of Child Protective Services.

As a nonprofit in Central Texas, Partnerships for Children leads a collection of programs that offer resources, support and comfort for foster children and families in our community. Our accessibility to CPS, efficient practices, and ability to connect with kids at all stages in their lives allow us to better serve those who need us most by providing real and impactful solutions.

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


    Like the little ones we assist, Partnerships for Children has grown a great deal. In 1989, a group of concerned citizens created Community Partners of Dallas to assist CPS caseworkers in meeting the needs of abused and neglected children. Then in 1993, these efforts evolved into our first program, the Rainbow Rooms, which are 24/7 resource rooms. In 1998, with the help of First Lady of Texas, Laura Bush, the program was replicated throughout Texas.

  • Nov 12, 2017


    In February of 2003, this initiative was brought to Austin as 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 foster care.

    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. What an amazing accomplishment! We’d gone from a group of concerned citizens to a major force for good in Central Texas. And we haven’t stopped growing…we kicked off our current fiscal year with a $2.2 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


    In 2017, Forever Families found a new home on CBS Austin and has featured over 125 children available for adoption on their weekly segments.  The following year, we expanded Forever Families to Waco and now host weekly segments on KXXV Central Texas. 

    In 2018, we were approached by the Michael and 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.  We closed our 2018-2019 fiscal year with an operating budget of $2.2 million with 88% being utilized for programming. 

    We’re excited to see what the next chapter holds for Partnerships for Children and you!

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.


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

Our Board

Board Chair

Paige Darby

Community Advocate

Board Chair-Elect

Ryan Willett

Willett Law Firm, PC

Past Board Chair

Jamie Cotton

Community Advocate

Board Secretary

Christy Rome

Executive Director,
Texas School Coalition

Board Treasurer

Dauphen Jackson

CFO, Fuquay, Inc.

AJ Abrams

Supreme 1 Realty

Keiko Anderson

Law Office of Keiko Griffin, PLLC

Chrissy Compere

Community Advocate

Dorian Colbert

Psychology Instructor,
Hutson-Tilloston University

Lindsey Draper

Community Advocate

Iliana Gilman

Health Management Associates

Clint Harbour

Assistant Attorney General,
Office of the Attorney
General of Texas

Tom Michel

Ad Engine Strategies

Kevin Priestner

Director of Digital and
Executive Communications,

Kanice Spears

Membership and Fund Development Director,
Texas Trial Lawyers Association

Norman Watkins

Channel Territory Manager,

Nicole Watson

Product Marketing Manager,

Max Zieky

Vice President, Worldwide Procurement Dell Technologies

Our Staff

Kori Gough

Executive Director


Chelsy Alexander

Foster Community Director


Erin Argue

Support Services Director

Elisabeth Bitmoji

Elisabeth Carrell

Events Director

Marcus Bitmoji

Marcus Cantu

Resource Services Director

Tricia Bitmoji

Tricia Dunlap

Heart Gallery Coordinator

Danielle Bitmoji

Danielle Feldman

Development Administrator


Michele Freeman

Heart Gallery Program Manager


Aneiya Harrison

YES Program Coordinator

Dana Bitmoji

Dana Narveson

YES Program Manager

Rachel Bimoji2

Rachel Petrichenko

Business Director

Robert Bitmoji

Robert Satchell

Waco Rainbow Room Administrator

Stacey Bitmoji

Stacey Thompson

Austin Rainbow Room Administrator

Sarah Bitmoji

Sarah Wauters

KING Program Manager

Katie Bitmoji

Katie Young

Development Director