Resource Center

Resources for Caregivers, Youth and Educators

To support the academic and life success of youth in foster care, Treehouse has compiled a listing of information and resources for youth in foster care and the caregivers and educators who support them. For other resource needs, contact Treehouse’s Resource Navigator at [email protected] or call 206.267.5140.

Quick Resources

Pre-K - High School Academic Resources

Family Supports

Employment & College Resources

Education Resource Wednesday

Ask an Advocate

Quick Resources

Foster Care Centers of Excellence
Source: Alliance CaRES
Foster Care Centers of Excellence are medical centers in Seattle, Tacoma and Spokane that offer trauma-informed, comprehensive medical care for youth involved with the child welfare system.

Independent Living Programs
Source: Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF)
Description of independent living programs in Washington state with a link to regional providers.

Office of the Education Ombuds
Source: Office of the Education Ombuds
Services to ensure every student can participate in public education in Washington state.

Education Requirements for Youth in Foster Care
Source: Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
Information regarding laws, procedures, and school resources specific to students experiencing foster care.

Special Education and 504 Accommodation Plans FAQ
Source: Treehouse
Answers to common questions about the rights of students with disabilities.

theWashBoard.org Scholarship Match
Source: Washington Scholarship Coalition
Tool that connects Washington State students with scholarship providers.

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Education Resource Wednesdays

Dive into education topics with local experts as they provide tools, resources and support to help foster parents and kinship caregivers guide their youth to academic success.

Education Resource Wednesdays is a group that meets on the third Wednesday of every other month from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. These live webinars take place over Zoom and will be recorded for future viewing from our website. UW Alliance CaRES provides training credit to attendees and registration for each session can be found in their course catalog under the title, Education Resource Wednesday. Courses | UW School of Social Work Professional Education

For questions, contact Luanne Marshall at [email protected].

In partnership with Treehouse, the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF), the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and UW Alliance CaRES, these sessions will provide you with the opportunity to learn directly from educational experts and connect with foster parents and kinship caregivers by sharing your experiences.

Past Recordings & Upcoming Meetings

September 23, 2022: How to Advocate for and Monitor Academic Progress (view recording)
November 16, 2022: Supporting the Academic Success of Your Student (view recording)
January 18, 2023: Addressing Challenging Student Behavior (view recording)
March 15, 2023: Post-Secondary Resources for Education & Career Planning (view recording)
May 17, 2023: Understanding, Accessing and Supporting Special Education Services (view recording)
September 20, 2023: Education Resources and Programs for Student Success (recording unavailable due to technology issues)
January 17, 2024: Equitable Access to Education for LGBTQIA2S+ Students (view recording)
May 15, 2024: Supporting Behavioral Challenges at School (view recording)

Register Now >

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Ask An Advocate

Ask An Advocate is a virtual space for social workers, caregivers, parents, Treehouse employees and other community partners to drop in and ask educational questions for students experiencing the foster care system.

The goal is to create a community discussion around education barriers for students experiencing foster care and how to resolve them. We will also help direct providers on making a referral if direct intervention is necessary. Sessions are held on the first Thursday of every month at 2 p.m. and the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m.

You can access the meetings by clicking the link here.

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Other Resources

You can return to the top of the page or click one of the options below to find more resources:

Pre-K – High School Academic Resources

Family Supports

Employment & College Resources

For other resource needs, contact Treehouse’s Resource Navigator at [email protected] or call 206.267.5140.