Real Change: Creating Homes for Youth in Foster Care Recovering from Trauma and Neglect

Youth experiencing foster care achieve academic outcomes significantly below their peers. Less than 50 percent of youth in foster care nationwide graduate from high school on time due to trauma, frequent transitions and loss. As a result, studies show they experience high rates of homelessness, incarceration and early parenting, costing our country about $7.8 billion annually.

At Treehouse, we work to disrupt these trends through our educational programming and legislative advocacy. Thanks to the investments made by our generous community and the Legislature, the commitment of our dedicated Treehouse Graduation Success team and the incredible resilience and determination of our youth, 119 high school seniors in our program graduated on time in 2019. We also served 20 percent more youth than the previous year in more than 60 additional schools as a result of our continued growth statewide. We’re committed to partnering with youth after graduation to ensure they go on to achieve a college degree or other career credential, a living-wage job and stable housing at the same rate as their peers.

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