We offer many different programs for children; several of these services have different eligibility criteria. If you have any questions or if you are ready to apply, please visit the links below to learn more or visit one of our community centers.

Child Welfare Programs

Children F.I.R.S.T.

  • Families who have involvement with Child Protective Services (CPS).
  • Families/Caregiver resides in Travis County.

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Child Protective Services Board

Members volunteer their time and talents to advocate for the protection and well-being of those Travis County children who are in the care of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS) Child Protective Services Division.

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Child Protective Services Reintegration Project

  • Youth is in CPS custody
  • Youth is currently in RTC
  • Youth has mental health diagnosis and significant behavioral challenges
  • CPS recommends and supports youth’s placement in the home of a parent or other permanent caregiver within 3-6 months
  • Parent/Caregiver resides in Travis County
  • Parent/Caregiver agrees to accept the youth into their home
  • Parent/Caregiver agrees to participate in the Wraparound Process

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Family Drug Treatment Court

  • Participants are Travis County residents who have been identified by the Texas Department of Family & Protective Services, Child Protective Services (CPS) as exhibiting symptoms of substance use disorders that impact the care and well-being of their young children.
  • Detailed eligibility information about referral types, other legal factors, and information for mothers and fathers

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Healthy Families Travis County

Services are offered to first-time parents, who reside in some Travis County zip code areas. Most referrals come from local prenatal clinics and some are obtained from area high schools. Intake Workers visit clinics and schools regularly to gather referrals. Families receive information and referral services and may qualify for home visiting services.

Once enrolled in home visiting, a family may continue to receive support until their child is 3 years old. Additional services include: BookSpring books to promote early education, baby’s first quilt from Austin Quilters Guild, group fellowship activities and linkages to community resources. Local churches and businesses also offer support throughout the year. Charitable donations to assist families are encouraged and accepted.

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Enrichment

AgriLife Extension

Several programs for individuals and families are available from our partners at Texas AgriLife Extension Service.
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Summer Youth Employment

Youth between the ages of 14-17 who reside in the City of Austin and Travis County that are enrolled and attending school to include youth with disabilities up to the age of 22.

Additionally,

  • Must be currently enrolled and attending school
  • Must have a valid current school year Student ID or Report Card
  • Must have a Social Security Card
  • Must be 14 years of age
  • Must complete 15 hours of Job Readiness Training

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Juvenile Justice

Neighborhood Conference Committee

The Neighborhood Conference Committee program handles Class A and Class B misdemeanor cases not involving weapons/serious assault, committed by juveniles between the ages of 10-16 years of age and who have no prior adjudicated offenses.

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Children & Youth Mental Health

Community Partners for Children

  • Children and Youth of Travis County
  • Children and Youth between the ages of 0-22 years of age
  • Children and Youth with multiple system involvement
  • Children and Youth whose Physical Challenges, Mental Health Challenges and/or Developmental Disabilities significantly impact their ability to function in home, school and/or the community

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The Children’s Partnership

  • Child/youth must be a Travis County Resident, ages 5-17
  • Child/youth must be multi-system involved, at least 2 human service systems; for example, special education, child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health, etc.
  • Child/youth must have an Axis I mental health diagnosis or have reason to believe there is an underlying mental health disorder diagnosis and have significant behavioral challenges
  • Child/youth must have serious problems in functioning in at least 2 domains: personal, family/home, school, community
  • Child/youth must have an absence of immediate risk of harm to self or others-cannot be in need of immediate psychiatric crisis stabilization
  • Parent/Caregiver resides in Travis County
  • Parent/Caregiver agrees to participate in the Wraparound Process

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Triad

The Triad program serves youth between the ages of 8 to 17 who require out of home placement to ensure their safety and emotional well-being. The youth must be a resident of TRAVIS County, have current or past involvement in at least two of these agencies: Travis County Juvenile Probation Department , Child Protection Services, and/or Austin Travis County Integral Care and the family must be within 200% of FPL. The Triad program does not serve youth who are adjudicated by TCJC and/or are in the legal custody of CPS at the time of referral.

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Youth & Family Assessment Center

Youth and Family Assessment Center (YFAC) Wrap – Communities In Schools (CIS) Care Coordination serves children and their families who are:

  1. referred by the Child Study Team of one of the 12 identified schools (see above);
  2. is a resident of Travis County;
  3. whose Family’s income does not exceed 200% of the Federal Poverty Income Guideline; and
  4. has a child or youth whis experiencing behavioral difficulties at school, home or the community.

YFAC Supportive Services serves children and their families who:

  1. access services from any of the Travis County Community Center and is willing to partner with a Travis County Social Worker;
  2. has a child/youth between the ages 0-22 who requires additional support or intervention timprove functioning;
  3. is a resident of Travis County and whose income does not exceed 200% of Federal Poverty Income Guidelines

YFAC Skills-Building Camp serves children who:

  1. attend one of the seven elementary schools listed above;
  2. is referred by the schools Communities in Schools Program Manager;
  3. whose family is a resident of Travis County and whose income does not exceed 200% of Federal Poverty Income Guidelines; and
  4. is between the ages of 7-12

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Workforce

Summer Youth Employment

Youth between the ages of 14-17 who reside in the City of Austin and Travis County that are enrolled and attending school to include youth with disabilities up to the age of 22.

Additionallly,

  • Must be currently enrolled and attending school
  • Must have a valid current school year Student ID or Report Card
  • Must have a Social Security Card
  • Must be 14 years of age
  • Must complete 15 hours of Job Readiness Training

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Next Steps

If you think that you qualify for our services, learn how to apply.