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Strategic Partnerships

In 2016, there were 58,664 confirmed victims of child abuse and neglect, and 18,993 children were removed from their homes. Despite all of our good work, we remain haunted by the fact that so many children continue to suffer abuse or neglect.

This problem is bigger than any one entity and will take a group of strategic partners to help us break the cycle of child abuse — changing the way we work and raising the standards in abuse prevention.

Upbring is grateful to the following Strategic Alliance Partners:


More Local Partners

Austin Diaper BankAustin Diaper Bank. Provides free diapers to babies, toddlers and senior citizens in need. To submit a request, contact your FSW.

Kids in a New GrooveKids in a New Groove. Provides free, private, at-home music lessons to kids in foster care through Music Mentors. To enroll, visit:

Foster AngelsFoster Angels of Central Texas. Helps improve the lives of kids in foster care by helping to meet basic needs (beds, clothes, glasses, etc.) and life-enhancing experiences
(camps, laptops, class rings, etc.). To submit a request, contact your FSW.

Pop-Up BirthdayPop-Up Birthday. Provides free birthday parties in a box for kids in foster care. To submit a request, contact your FSW.

The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work

We know a total reform of the child welfare system requires our organization to be equipped with a highly trained staff that possesses a range of skills and knowledge aimed at improving long-term outcomes for children and families.

We’ve partnered with The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work to promote the well-being of children, families and communities in Texas through quality research and social work best practices.

Learn More

Cara Fox | Director of Partnership Implementation | Upbring 512.767.2040 | [email protected]

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Strategic Partner - Austin Community College


ACCdistrict_color_logo Education. We know 85 percent of youth in foster care want to go to college, but only 20 percent enroll and less than one percent graduate. On average, foster children graduate from high school at a seventh grade reading level.
(Learn more about ACC’s foster care student program here.)

Strategic Partner - Boys & Girls Club


Upbring - Strategic Alliance Partners - Boys & Girls Club of the Austin Area Life Skills. We know afterschool programs are a proven dropout prevention strategy, may also increase graduation rates and postsecondary enrollment and offer opportunities to develop life skills.
(Learn more about the local clubs here.)

Strategic Partner - Dell Children's


Upbring - Strategic Alliance Partners - Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas Health. We know that experiencing multiple traumatic childhood events – being removed from family – and toxic stress are determinants of lifelong disparities in physical and mental health. Access to high-quality, trauma-informed, integrated health care is critical.
(Learn more about Dell Children’s programs here)

Strategic Partner - Goodwill Central Texas


Upbring - Strategic Alliance Partners - Goodwill Central Texas Vocation. We know poverty is a strong predictor of child abuse and neglect. Although children from all socioeconomic levels are at risk, those living in families with an annual income less than $15,000 are 22 times more likely to be abused or neglected than children in families earning more than $30,000. We also know families are less likely to abuse or neglect children when the mother has earned her high school diploma, and that only half of youth in foster care graduate high school by age 18.
(Learn more about Goodwill here.)

Strategic Partner - Phoenix House


Phoenix House - Rise Above AddictionHealth. We know that children of parents with substance abuse disorders are 3 times more likely to be abused and 4 times
more likely to be neglected, making a holistic approach to treatment and recovery options
that incorporate family services essential. (Learn more about Phoenix House here.)

Strategic Partner - YMCA Austin


Upbring - Strategic Alliance Partners - YMCA of Austin


Health. We know child maltreatment is linked to higher Body Mass Index (BMI), smoking and other health risks.
(Learn more about Austin area YMCA’s here.)

Strategic Partner - Foundation Communities

Foundation Communities



We know that foster care placement is 34 times higher for families experiencing homelessness than the general population of same aged children. We know that more than 1 in 5 youth who age out of foster care will become homeless after 18. 

Safety. Foundation Communities provides:
(Learn more about Foundation Communities here.)