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 essentially a support system for Central Texas CPS caseworkers and children. We’re located inside CPS offices, 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 foster 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

    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

    2003–2004

    In February of 2003, this initiative was brought to Austin as Partnerships for Children 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 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 $1.8 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.

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

Newsroom

Forever Families

Each Wednesday, during the CBS Austin 6:30pm evening news, anchor Lindsay Liepman 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, Josh gets to meet former UT football player, Vince Young.

Holiday Wishes 2017

KVUE visited our warehouse during Holiday Wishes as CPS caseworkers came to pick up gifts for the children on their caseloads. Learn more about this amazing program that ensures all the children in our region get to experience the joy of the holiday season here.

Our Board

Amy Brandes

Board Chair

Lindsey Goss

Board Chair Elect

Benita Trevino

Past Board Chair

Paige Darby

Board Treasurer

Jamie Cotton

Board Secretary

AJ Abrams

Taylor Ellison

Clint Harbour

Dauphen Jackson

Trevor Kale

Michele Karp

Liz Link

Ryan Willett

Kanice Spears

Our Staff

Kori Gough

Executive Director

Erin

Erin Argue

YES Mentoring Coordinator

Elisabeth

Elisabeth Carrell

Events Coordinator

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Marcus Cantu

Community Partner Coordinator

Marilyn

Marilyn Griggs

Heart Gallery Administrator

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Rachel Petrichenko

Business Manager

Amy

Amy Ponder

YES Development Associate

Megan

Megan Ransom

Heart Gallery Coordinator

Katie

Katie Young

Director of Donor Development