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Forever Families: Partnerships for Children

A team of 13 people is running the non-profit responsible for providing essential needs to 12,000 children currently in the state's care. (CBS Austin)

A team of 13 people is running the non-profit responsible for providing essential needs to 12,000 children currently in the state's care.

Partnerships for Children was created 15-years-ago after caseworkers voiced their concerns over their kids' needs for more fundamentals like clothes and toiletries. The worries turned into the start of the Rainbow Room, where caseworkers can now get the items the kids need every day.

"Such basic things that we take for granted-hygiene, children that have never had their own toothbrush," said Partnerships for Children Executive Director Kori Gough.

The organization has expanded over time, by adding a mentorship program and a foster care initiative.

"People that really have no support system," Gough said, are the ones who mostly benefit from the program. "The mentors a lot of times are [there] if they are in need of something, or if they are in crisis the mentor is the one and only person they have in their life to turn to," Gough added.

The organization runs solely on donations from the community. At least $450,000 a year is given to Partnerships for Children to fund programs that feature and support the kids up for adoption.

Volunteers, and monetary donations are always welcome by the organization.

Forever Families airs every Wednesday on CBS Austin News.

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