Empowering Families to Raise Children to their fullest Potential

Frequently Asked Questions about Community Partners for Children

What is Community Partners for Children (CPC)?

  • Community Partners for Children (CPC) is a community group that meets with families to create an individualized plan to support the child and family.
  • CPC is a partnership between families and the community to support the success of children with complex needs.
  • CPC recognizes the essential value of families as partners in supporting children’s success.
  • CPC acknowledges the parent’s expertise and dedication regarding their child’s complex needs.
  • CPC Brochure
  • CPC Brochure (Spanish)

Who does CPC serve?

  • 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

How can CPC partner with my family?

  • Create a plan for child and family’s success
  • Identify available community resources for child and family
  • Strengthen child and family’s support systems
  • Empower child and family to reach their fullest potential
  • CPC Family Guide
  • CPC Family Guide (Spanish)

What programs does CPC help support?

Community Partners for Children (CPC) is the eligibility meeting to facilitate enrollment and/or access to these programs:

  • TRIAD – County funded program to facilitate out of placement for children who cannot be maintained safely in their home (see attached eligibility criteria)
  • The Children’s Partnership (TCP) – A program designed to provide wraparound supports to families with children who have significant mental health challenges (see attached eligibility sheet). CPS has an FBSS worker designated as a care coordinator for TCP
  • CPC Bridge Support – A program designed to support families who are either not eligible for or on the waiting list for wraparound supports
  • Waco Center for Youth – CPC provides approval and prioritization for placement at WCY
  • ICF-MR – CPC provides approval to seek out an Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with an Intellectual Disability or Related Conditions placement for a youth
  • CPC Partners also provide access to a variety of local programs, services, supports and evaluations

Who can refer to CPC?

  • Parents/Guardians
  • Agency Staff
  • Schools
  • Faith-Based Community
  • Counselors
  • Anyone who is concerned about a child with complex needs

When should I refer?

  • The family has accessed personal resources and
  • Eligible community resources and
  • Involved Agencies have exhausted internal resources BUT
  • The Child/Youth continue to have unmet needs

What happens after a referral has been made?

  • Family will receive a call from either a CPC Liaison or the referring agency to:
    • Ask if the family is interested in participating with CPC
    • Gather Information about child and family
    • Answer any questions family may have
    • Discuss next steps
  • Complete a Referral Packet
    • Packet completed by family and referring agency
    • Family and referring agency gather documents for referral packet
    • Packet will include information on child and family’s history, strengths, challenges, and successes.
  • Packet submitted to CPC Liaison
  • CPC session is scheduled

What happens at a Session?

  • Parent attends Session
  • If desired parent brings support person (s)
  • Each family meets with the group for 35 minutes
  • Parent and/or agency representative briefly tells about the child and family’s strengths, current challenges, successes, and needs
  • At the session the parent and the group will create a CPC plan for the child and family
    • CPC members may ask questions
    • CPC members will share information
    • Resources will be identified
  • The CPC plan will be developed and written to include tasks, resources and the persons responsible for each task
  • A CPC partner is identified to work with the family regarding their plan
  • After the session, the parent will receive a copy of the CPC plan and it will be reviewed by a CPC member
  • Supports available at session are
    • Child/Family’s referring agency partner
    • CPC members
    • Family partners of CPC
  • CPC family survey
  • CPC survey (Spanish)

Who are the CPC members?

CPC is comprised of committed public and private community representatives and families, who bring their expertise and resources to create a continuum of care for children and families of Travis County.

CPC currently has 20 members who actively participate in the sessions.

When and where are the meetings?

CPC meets twice a month on the second Wednesday and fourth Thursday with families and their agency representatives.

Wednesday meetings are held at LifeWorks 3700 S First St 2nd Floor Conference Room (Map).

Thursday meetings are held at Austin Child Guidance Center 810 W 45th St. (Map)

The meeting is from 11:30 – 4:30. With the first hour as a clinical review period and then five 35-minute sessions with the individual families.

Who can I contact to learn more?

Community Partners for Children Liaison: Susie Kirk, (512) 854-4868

f you identify a youth who could benefit from the individualized community planning of CPC contact Susie to discuss general eligibility, to receive the CPC referral packet and to facilitate the scheduling of a session for your youth.

Referral Packet