About Treehouse

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 launch successfully into adulthood.

Our Commitment

At Treehouse, we promote and take action toward racial equity. We are at our strongest when we embrace and reflect the racial and cultural diversity of our community. With fierce optimism, we individually and collectively fight the structural inequities that impact all of us. Our commitment to equity is an investment in our mission and our shared future.

Our Goal

By 2022, youth in foster care across Washington state will graduate from high school at the same rate as their peers, with support and a plan to launch successfully into adulthood.

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Our Founding Story

In 1988, a group of social workers founded Treehouse on the belief that kids in foster care deserve a community committed to their success. As firsthand witnesses to the impact of child abuse and neglect, they understood that the problems they were working to solve could not be answered alone. Funded by community bake sales and car washes, they started small–purchasing the little things like birthday presents and school supplies.

Treehouse has experienced tremendous growth over the last 30 years. Powered by our generous donors, talented staff and many caring committed partners, Treehouse has become Washington’s leading organization addressing the academic and other essential supports of more than 7,000 youth in foster care. Now we are nationally recognized thought leaders and innovators in our field. We approach our work with a fierce commitment towards equity, understanding that it is an investment in our mission and shared success. Lastly, we’ve proven that with a bold, ambitious goal, you can drive powerful results.

Whether you’re a student working to raise your math grade or a nonprofit ensuring graduation equity for youth in foster care, we believe success is determined by the goals you set. Goals present an important vision of the future for the community to rally behind and provide action steps to turn those visions into reality. In 2017, Treehouse achieved a major goal when our youth nearly doubled their high school graduation rate in just 5 years. They proved to us then and continue to prove to us now that when the community invests in intentional, individualized support for youth in foster care, we can create a world where they can pursue their dreams and launch successfully into adulthood.

Why Treehouse

The Challenges

Each morning, nearly 10,000 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.

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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.

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

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Our Financials

We understand that resources from our donors are meant to support the vulnerable children we serve. Therefore, Treehouse works to implement its programs in the most efficient and effective manner possible.

Federal Tax ID Number: 91-1425676
Treehouse is a 501(c)(3) organization

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