About Treehouse

Mission & History

Our Mission

Giving Foster Kids a Childhood and a Future

We envision – and strive to create – a world where every child that has experienced foster care has the opportunities and support they need to pursue their dreams and become productive members of our community.

Our Goal

Foster youth in King County graduate from high school at the same rate as their peers with a plan for their future.

Our Founding Story

In 1988, a group of DSHS social workers grew tired of seeing the deprivation often faced by children in foster care. They started purchasing the little things needed to help children feel loved and capable—things like birthday presents and school supplies—funded by community bake sales and car washes.

Thanks to the support of tens of thousands of generous donors, our talented staff and many caring and committed partners, today Treehouse helps 7,000 youth in foster care each year through programs that help them succeed in school, fulfill key material needs and provide important childhood experiences.

In 2012, we embarked on a bold and ambitious goal to address the alarmingly high dropout rate among youth in foster care. We know that with intentional, individualized support, youth in foster care can and will graduate from high school at the same rate as their peers with a plan for their future. Treehouse has acquired a track record of success in helping youth in foster care thrive, and we remain dedicated to building a road to hope and possibility for our kids, toward the bright future they equally deserve.

–Janis Avery, Treehouse CEO

Meet Our Team

Why Treehouse

The Challenges

Each morning, nearly 9,000 children in foster care in Washington State wake up to unfamiliar surroundings.

In foster care, they are safe from physical harm and dangerous neglect, but they are far from out of the woods socially, emotionally and academically. Trauma and loss, changes in homes and schools and emotional upheaval cause them to perform worse than their peers on every academic measure.

Foster Care Facts

Treehouse is taking on these challenges with fierce optimism by providing youth in foster care with access to the services they equally deserve to be successful in school and in life.

Our Impact

Treehouse is dedicated to closing the achievement gap between youth in foster care and their peers forever.

By providing our students with the academic and other essential support that all kids need to succeed, we’ve watched them become more self-determined and invested in their education than ever before. And despite the challenges our students face in foster care, their graduation rates are on the rise.

Treehouse Progress

Together, we are creating a road to hope and possibility for youth in foster care in Washington State.

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