Educational Advocacy Program

July 31, 2013

Removing Barriers to Success


Every child has a right to an education. In partnership with DSHS Children’s Administration, the Treehouse Educational Advocacy program works with schools, social workers, foster families and foster youth to resolve difficult issues and remove barriers to foster kids’ school success.  Treehouse Educational Advocates:

  • help students access education-related support services, including special education;
  • prevent school changes when students’ placements change and pave the way for seamless transitions when school changes are unavoidable;
  • minimize the effects of disciplinary actions that keep students out of school;
  • assist high school youth in making up credits when necessary and identifying alternative high school programs to stay engaged and on track to graduate.
  • train caregivers, social workers and students themselves to advocate for students’ educational rights.


  • Every child has the right to education.
  • A student can only be removed from class after staff has tried to resolve the problem in a different way.
  • A student’s removal cannot keep them from achieving a grade or credit, or impact their ability to graduate.
  • A student can challenge the decision, but the discipline may continue during the challenge.


Treehouse Educational Advocates are co-located in schools and Children’s Administration offices in every region of Washington State.


Empower yourself to be an educational advocate for your youth by completing our two online training classes.  Both trainings have been approved by the state for ongoing training credits for foster parents.


Educational Advocacy: Special Education and 504 Accommodation Plans FAQ

Educational Advocacy: Discipline and Special Education FAQ

The Family Guide for Working with Schools: Educational Advocacy Manual

The Family Guide to Special Education Services: Educational Advocacy Manual

A Youth Guide to School Success: Educational Advocacy Youth Manual




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