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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

What were Treehouse’s 2018 Policy Wins?

Education Equity (included in the final budget bill, and originally SB 6223 and HB 2877): A group of six state agencies and several nonprofit organizations will work to align programs, accountability, policy and resources culminating in a report due to legislatures in December of this year. The report will include a plan for children and youth experiencing foster care and homelessness to achieve educational equity with peers while closing the gap between racial and ethnic groups.

*Extended Foster Care (SB 6222 and HB 2330): The age eligibility to enroll in the program will change from 19 to 21, and youth will be able to enroll and exit out of the program as many times as they need. Extended Foster Care provides critical stability to youth transitioning from foster care into adulthood.

*Passport to Careers (SB 6274): Through the collective efforts of Treehouse, College Success Foundation and Mockingbird Society, the program will include financial assistance for apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships prompting a name change to “Passport to Careers.” Under this new legislation, eligibility will incorporate ICPC youth, youth in federal and tribal foster care systems and unaccompanied homeless youth. The Passport to College Promise program was originally created to help students from foster care attend and succeed in college.

*Issue identified by youth who have experienced foster care

Interested in signing up for action advocacy alerts to stay in the loop? Sign up in our Advocacy Action Center today.

How can I help 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.

What are Treehouse's past legislative achievements?

Since 2001, Treehouse has led or collaborated on landmark legislation to support the educational attainment and well-being of youth in foster care. With the support of our legislative champions, we’ve worked to:

  • Minimalize enrollment times when students transfer schools
  • Improve communication and data-sharing between school systems and Children’s Administration
  • Encourage foster home recruitment
  • Simplify credit transfer for students entering new high schools
  • Make all youth in foster care eligible for College Bound
  • Improve school discipline policies for youth in foster care
  • Improve education planning requirements for students when discipline takes them out of school
  • Coordinate academic support services for youth in foster care

But with less than half of Washington State’s high school youth in foster care graduating on time, we still have work to do. You can help by signing up in our Advocacy Action Center today.

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.