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 partnership that meets with families to create individualized service recommendations to support the child and family.
  • CPC partners with families to support the success of children with complex needs.
  • CPC recognizes the essential value of families as partners in supporting their child'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 individualized service recommendations to support the child and family
  • 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-IID – CPC provides support to seek placement through the state Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with an Intellectual Disability or Related Conditions program.
  • CPC Partners are also able to 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 list of CPC recommendations for the child and family
    • CPC members may ask questions
    • CPC members will share information helpful to the family team
    • Resources will be identified
  • The CPC recommendations will be developed and written to include tasks, resources and the persons responsible for each task
  • A CPC partner will be identified to work with the family to implement the list of recommendations
  • After the session, the recommendations will be reviewed with the parent and the parent will receive a copy of the CPC recommendations 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 approximately 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 in South Austin, 3700 S First Street (Map).

Thursday meetings are held at LifeWorks in North Austin, 8913 Collinfield Drive, Austin TX 78758 (Map)

The meetings are from 11:30 – 4:30. With the first hour as a review period for the CPC members 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

If you identify a youth who could benefit from the individualized community planning of CPC contact Susie to discuss the child or youth, to receive the CPC referral packet, and to facilitate the scheduling of a session for the family.

Referral Packet

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