Eligibility

Who We Serve

To be referred for Treehouse services, youth must have an open dependency case, Shelter Care order, or be in Extended Foster Care with either the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF); the federal foster care system; or one of the tribal foster care systems within Washington state at the time of initial referral.

In addition to meeting our program-wide eligibility requirements noted above, youth must also meet the below program-specific requirements to access services.

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Eligibility Requirements

Driver's Assistance

Referral Frequency: No referral required

Age or Grade Requirement: Youth must be 15-20 years of age

Legal Status: Youth must have an open State or Tribal dependency case (includes Extended Foster Care) in Washington state.

Note: Youth DO NOT need a referral to access Driver’s Assistance. Eligible youth or their caregivers can make a request for assistance online and eligibility will be verified through Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) or Tribe Specific Indian Children Welfare (ICW) Director.

To learn more about Driver’s Assistance, click here.

Dual-System Involved Youth

Referral Frequency: Youth need an initial referral for the Dual-System Involved Youth program. Once enrolled, youth do not need their referrals to be renewed.

Age or Grade Requirement: Youth aged 11-21.

Legal Status: Youth with open State or Tribal dependency or shelter case and incarcerated at Echo Glen Children’s Center or Green Hill School.

All participants in the Dual-System Involved Youth program are eligible for Just-in-Time Funding and the Treehouse Store for the duration of their time in the program regardless of placement location or legal status.

To learn more about our Dual-System Involved Youth Program, click here.

Educational Advocacy

Referral Frequency: Annual (July – June)

Age or Grade Requirement: All pre-kindergarten through 12th grade youth across Washington state.

Legal Status: Youth must have an open State or Tribal dependency or shelter case.

School Enrollment Status: Youth who are enrolled or attempting to enroll in a public school with an immediate education need.

Youth must have one or more immediate need such as:

  • Accessing school-based services such as a 504 plan, general education interventions and special education services
  • Assistance addressing school disciplinary issues
  • Student is at risk of retention or not making academic progress
  • Assistance with school enrollment or Best Interest Determination

Note: Youth DO need a referral specifically for Educational Advocacy (separate from a referral for the Treehouse Store or Just-in-Time Funding). This should be submitted at any time an educational need arises.

Referrals remain current through the remainder of the school year, and youth can be re-enrolled in the Educational Advocacy program, as needed, throughout the school year.

To learn more about Educational Advocacy, click here.

Graduation Success

Referral Frequency: Youth need an initial referral for Graduation Success. Once enrolled, youth do not need their referrals to be renewed.

Age or Grade Requirement: Youth must be in 8th through 12th grade.

Legal Status: Youth must have an open State, Federal or Tribal dependency in Washington state.

School Enrollment Status: Youth pursuing a high school diploma or equivalent.

Note: All participants in Graduation Success are eligible for Just-in-Time Funding and the Treehouse Store for the duration of their time in Graduation Success regardless of placement location or legal status.

To learn more about Graduation Success, click here.

Holiday Magic

Referral Frequency: No referral required.

Age or Grade Requirement: Youth must be 0-21 years of age.

Legal Status: Youth must have an open State or Tribal dependency or shelter case (includes Extended Foster Care). Youth with a Courtesy Supervision case that are a dependent of Washington state resident in a different region/state are also eligible.

Placement Status: Youth must be in an out-of-home care placement between October and December of the current year.

Note: DCYF and participating tribes provide a list of eligible youth to Treehouse annually. Treehouse contacts caregivers through email and mail notifications each fall. Active participants in Graduation Success and Launch Success are also eligible for Holiday Magic.

To learn more about Holiday Magic, click here.

Just-in-Time Funding

Referral Frequency: Annual (July – June)

Age or Grade Requirement: Youth must be 5-21 years of age. Additionally, youth ages 0-5 who are placed in or have their case held in King County are eligible.

Legal Status: Youth must have an open State or Tribal dependency or shelter case (includes Extended Foster Care).

Placement Status: Youth must be placed in Washington state.

Note: Youth DO need an annual referral for this program unless they are enrolled in Graduation Success or Launch Success. Referrals are active from the date of submission until the end of the referral year (June 30th), regardless of placement type. If a youth with an active referral returns home or achieves another form of permanency, they are still eligible to access the Store and Just-in-Time Funding for the remainder of the referral year. Youth will not be eligible for these services in the years following permanency.

To learn more about Just-in-Time Funding, click here.

Launch Success

Available to alumni of Graduation Success.

Youth who graduated from high school or an equivalency program while enrolled in our Graduation Success program can choose to opt in to Launch Success.

Youth who participated in Graduation Success for at least one year and went on to graduate high school or an equivalency program—while NOT involved with Graduation Success—may be eligible but will not be automatically enrolled. If you participated in Graduation Success in the past, please call or email us to inquire about eligibility.

Note: Youth will remain eligible for Just-in-Time Funding and the Treehouse Store for the duration of their time in Launch Success.

To learn more about Launch Success, click here.

Treehouse Store

Referral Frequency: Annual (July – June)

Age or Grade Requirement: Youth must be 5-21 years of age. Additionally, youth ages 0-5 who are placed in or have their case held in King County are eligible.

Legal Status: Youth must have an open State or Tribal dependency or shelter case (includes Extended Foster Care).

Placement Status: Youth must be placed in Washington state.

Note: Youth DO need an annual referral for this program unless they are enrolled in Graduation Success or Launch Success. Referrals are active from the date of submission until the end of the referral year (June 30th), regardless of placement type. If a youth with an active referral returns home or achieves another form of permanency, they are still eligible to access the Store and Just-in-Time Funding for the remainder of the referral year. Youth will not be eligible for these services in the years following permanency.

To learn more about the Treehouse Store, click here.

Tribal Engagement

Referral Frequency: Youth need an initial referral for Tribal Engagement. Once enrolled, youth do not need their referrals to be renewed.

Age or Grade Requirement: Youth aged 13-21.

Legal Status: Youth with open State, Federal or Tribal dependency and identify as tribally affiliated. Including youth at any stage of the dependency process, from initial removal to case closure, including shelter care.

School Enrollment Status: Youth pursuing a high school diploma or equivalent.

The Tribal Engagement Program currently serves: Greater Marysville, Greater Auburn, Greater Bellingham/Ferndale and Greater Yakima.

To learn more about Tribal Engagement, click here.

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