04.22.2019

The Spokesman-Review: Janis Avery – Investing in Young Adults Who’ve Experienced Foster Care

Children and youth in foster care can be seen as a collection of problems to solve. Since our founding in 1988, Treehouse has seen them as kids – kids who deserve to have music lessons, play team sports and sing songs with new friends at camp.

Twenty four years ago, I interviewed to become the executive director at Treehouse. They were the only agency I knew of that focused on supporting kids’ developmental needs and interests instead of focusing on trying to solve their problems. I wanted the job, but had zero experience leading an organization. I was a social worker with enthusiasm to spare and much more potential than proven experience.

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