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Be a Voice for Youth in Foster Care

If you are passionate about helping youth in foster care graduate from high school with a plan for their future, we invite you to join us by becoming a voice for kids in foster care. Using our Advocacy Action Center, you can easily reach out to your legislators and be up to date on all of the ways you can help advocate on behalf of youth in foster care during session.

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Legislative Advocacy FAQs

How does Treehouse set its legislative agenda?

We partner with youth, our Board of Directors, staff, community partners and state agencies in developing our legislative agenda each year.  In order to focus our advocacy efforts, Treehouse has set three high level policy goals that align with our mission and programs:

Improve Educational Outcomes

We will advance education and child welfare policy and investments that improve educational outcomes for children and youth in foster care, with a focus on eliminating racial disparities in outcomes. This includes ensuring that every youth in foster care has a well-trained, supportive adult at home, at school and in the foster care system that supports their educational success.

Improve Transition to Adulthood Outcomes

We will promote policy and investments that improve transition to adulthood planning and supports for youth in or alumni of foster care, with a focus on eliminating racial disparities in outcomes.  We believe that youth should be meaningfully involved in developing their own post-high school plans and should have access to higher education, career training, mental health, stable housing, life skills, financial literacy and other needed supports.

Improve Equitable Access to Everyday Experiences, Activities and Material Needs

We will advance policy and investments that improve access to everyday experiences, activities and material supports that help youth develop interests, acquire skills, build lasting, supportive relationships and fit in with peers. We will prioritize policies and investments that allow youth to explore their racial or cultural identities.

How can I be a voice for kids in foster care?

Join our Advocacy Action Center so that you can easily reach out to your legislators and be up to date on all of the ways you can help advocate on behalf of youth in foster care during session. Sign up for our Advocacy Action Center today.

For more information about advocating for youth in foster care, contact us at takeaction@treehouseforkids.org.

How do I contact my legislators?

Contacting your legislators is a surprisingly quick and straightforward process. Visit our Advocacy Action Center, where you will find information on your legislators as well as helpful email templates to easily contact them.