Treehouse

What Treehouse for Kids believes.
With fierce optimism, Treehouse invests in the lives of young people who have faced the deep wounds from a crisis of parenting. In helping them to secure the essential education,
basic material needs, and social experiences they equally deserve, we help kids in foster care discover their own resilience and strength. Treehouse is committed to leveling the
playing field for youth in foster care, so that each is included, may prosper in, and contribute to society.

Values:
Fierce Optimism: Treehouse is whole-heartedly invested in the pursuit of equity for every youth in foster care.
Champions for Kids: Treehouse doesn’t give up on kids!  Treehouse actively advocates for youth and stands by their side every step of the way.
Compassionate Service: Dignity and respect are at the heart of all of Treehouse’s interactions.
Collaboration: Treehouse does their best work when they do it together and share responsibility for their collective results.
Integrity: Treehouse is trustworthy and accountable.
Innovation: Treehouse’s forward thinking and create new opportunities for children in foster care, continually measuring our impact and improving our practice.

The Situation
Treehouse works directly with youth, caregivers, teachers, school administrators and social workers to help give foster kids a childhood and a future, and help them make it to
graduation day and beyond. Treehouse believes it is the moral obligation of a community to join together to ensure kids in foster care have the opportunities they equally deserve to
reach their full potential.

Kids in foster care enter the system through no fault of their own. All have experienced a crisis in parenting resulting in severe abuse and/or neglect. Once kids enter foster care, the
State has three priorities – safety, permanence, and well-being. Limited resources greatly hinder the State from being able to effectively and fully address the third priority, the child’s
well-being, which involves all of the essential and educational supports that are integral to healthy development during their time in foster care, and after they leave care.

This lack of support is most evident in education. Because of the chaotic and challenging circumstances of their families and lack of early childhood education, kids often enter foster
care academically behind their peers. Then we add to these deficits by making them change homes and schools, causing them to lose further ground while also trying to deal with the
trauma that they’ve endured.

How Treehouse for Kids helps.
Treehouse is the only agency in King County that provides youth in foster care with the essential and academic supports they equally deserve to help them reach their full potential.

Treehouse supports youth in foster care through an integrated, research-based service delivery model that fuses our two program areas (“Academics” and “Essentials”) to ensure
our kids are receiving the most comprehensive support possible.

Treehouse partners with colleague organizations and legislative champions to propose and pass legislation, building wraparound supports and removing bureaucratic barriers to help
students graduate high school. Treehouse is creating a road to hope and possibility for youth in foster care.

Treehouse relies on generous contributions of the community to make all of our programs possible. In fact, Treehouse is 90% privately funded and relies on the support of more
than 7,000 donors every year. There are so many ways to give—you are invited to partner with Treehouse to give foster kids a childhood and a future.

http://www.treehouseforkids.org/