What is Partners in Permanency (PIP)?

We believe it takes a village for all families to thrive. And as we began to come alongside children in foster care and their caregivers, we also committed to coming alongside their first caregivers - their biological family. Most children who exit foster care either return home to their birth families or exit into the custody of biological relatives. Yet, there is a huge gap in post-reunification services available to help sustain these families. 

Since 2016, we've served hundreds of biological families who have worked hard to reunify with their children, and along the way we have seen that foster parents can be an incredible part of the village for reunifying families.

Partners in Permanency helps families build safe and stable permanency after reunification. Our unique approach is based on an ongoing, committed relationship between birth parents and foster parents in order to best care for the children they love. We help everyone navigate the transition between homes, encourage teamwork, and help connect reunifying families to the resources and services that can truly help break cycles of generational adversity and keep families together.

 

I don't know how I would be making it without the support of (foster parents) and Foster Village. I obviously love my kids but I also need help and skills on how to be a good mom. To have a team, a family, rooting for us to stay together has been life changing in the best way. 
- Vanessa, Dripping Springs TX - Reunified Mom


Principles of Partnership

We believe that when we work together, everyone benefits. That's why partnership is such a key value for us as we come alongside biological families who are reuniting with their children. We know that relationships develop over time and with intention, so we want to create an environment where everyone is involved, using their strengths, and supporting one another. When we do this, everyone wins.

Check out these principles that help guide our partners throughout the process of working together.

 

Most children who exit foster care either return home to their birth families or exit into the custody of biological relatives (roughly 70% in Central Texas in 2019).

Contact Our Team 

If you'd like to learn more about PIP, please complete the Partners in Permanency General Interest Form, and we'll connect with you in the next couple days. We look forward to hearing from you!

Have questions? Reach out to our Communications Director, Christina Hite, at christina@fostervillageaustin.org.
 



Helpful Resources

BLOGS

Program Spotlight: Partners in Permanency Supports Healthy Family Reunification
"Two moms sit in different parts of the courtroom, in different areas of the agency, in different corners of the city. They have more in common than they realize, but for now, their experiences seem quite different..." Read Blog

 


EVENTS AND GATHERINGS

Partner Parent Group
During each gathering, we share resources, ask questions, and learn some best practices for building healthy relationships with the whole family. We'd love for you to come connect with those who have had experience navigating the ins and outs of reunification. View Gatherings