11.28.2018

Foster Parent: Treehouse Goes ‘Above and Beyond’

By Catherine Krummey, Treehouse Communications Specialist

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Kristin and her husband, Justin, became foster parents a year and a half ago. In this short time, they have provided care for more than 35 kids.

The couple started fostering because of the need in the community, and they have no regrets.

“My husband and I knew there were kids out there who needed adults to support and care for them,” Kristin said. “We constantly are having ‘I’m so glad we’re doing this’ moments.”

Kristin and Justin connected with Treehouse shortly after the first child was placed in their care.

“Now, we ask for a Treehouse referral with every kid who lives in our home,” she said.

Their youth have used our free store, Graduation Success program and the statewide Holiday Magic program.

“We love that Holiday Magic puts an extra gift for each kid under the tree,” she said.

The family went on vacation last year around the holidays. A teenager they foster made good use of the noise-cancelling headphones they received from Treehouse—a perfect gift for the trip.

“It helped them look forward to the vacation a little more than they already were,” Kristin said.

The teen was just one of the 5,000 children and youth we served through Holiday Magic, which is currently celebrating its 30th year.

Kristin said she makes regular trips to Treehouse’s free store to pick up clothing and books for the youth.

“The book section of the store has been incredibly valuable,” she said. “The kids have mentioned how much it means to them to have their own books.”

The teen in their care also is enrolled in our Graduation Success program. They’re paired with an Education Specialist, who serves as a mentor to help them stay on track for high school graduation and make plans for their future.

“They appreciate another adult listening to what their goals are,” Kristin said.

One of the youth’s goals is to live or study abroad in Japan. To support that goal, Treehouse provided a tutor for Japanese. This youth also has taken an interest in Japanese-style art (above) and wanted to share it with our supporters.

“We really, really appreciate the resources Treehouse delivers to us as foster parents,” Kristin said. “It’s so great to be able to go above and beyond what the state provides.”

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About the Author

Catherine Krummey is the Marketing and Communications Specialist at Treehouse. She is passionate about storytelling and excited to share stories about Treehouse through social media, blog posts and newsletters.


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CA

December 6, 2018

Thanks for sharing! It helps keep our household connected to Treehouse even though we aren’t there every month.

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