Treehouse Announces Expanded Programs Now Available Throughout Washington

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Treehouse statewide expansion

Starting April 3, all school-aged youth in foster care across Washington state are eligible for all Treehouse programs.
Starting April 3, all school-aged youth in foster care across Washington state are eligible for all Treehouse programs.

Seattle, WA, April 03, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Treehouse, Washington state’s leading nonprofit for youth experiencing foster care, has announced the statewide expansion of its programs. Effective April 3, school-aged youth in foster care across Washington state are eligible for all programs.

The organization now accepts referrals from every corner of the state and is expanding into new communities and school districts, including along the Olympic Peninsula and in central Washington. This expansion is the result of many years of planning and relationship-building and will help Treehouse more effectively support youth to complete high school with a plan for the future.

“For the first time in Treehouse’s 35-year history, the ability to provide support to a youth in foster care isn’t dependent upon their zip code,” said Dawn Rains, CEO of Treehouse. “This ensures equitable access to our services across the state, especially in rural counties with fewer community resources. We have been working toward this moment for a long time.”

Graduation Success, Just-in-Time Funding and the Treehouse Store join Driver’s Assistance, Educational Advocacy and Holiday Magic programs which already provide Treehouse services to young people experiencing foster care throughout Washington state. Through the three newly expanded programs, youth in foster care anywhere in the state also have access to one-on-one academic coaching, financial support for extracurricular and school activities as well as free clothes and essentials. By aligning eligibility across these programs, Treehouse will be able to better meet the needs of youth regardless of their placement or how often they are moved.

“The data shows that nearly 40% of youth in foster care in Washington state will experience three or more placement changes,” said Jess Lewis, Chief Impact Officer at Treehouse. “And we know that every time a youth changes schools, they are in danger of losing about 6 months of educational progress. That is a lot of learning loss — even for a student that only changes school once in a school year. Our statewide expansion ensures that no matter where a youth is placed in the state, a Treehouse staff member will be by their side, centering their education and connecting them to community resources for long-term success.”

Treehouse is the only organization in Washington state focused on meeting the educational and other essential needs of youth experiencing foster care and the only organization of its kind in the nation providing this comprehensive mix of integrated services at this scale.

To be eligible for Treehouse programs, youth must have an open state, Tribal dependency or shelter care case within Washington state. Social workers, CHET screeners, school personnel or CASA can make referrals on the organization’s website.

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