Our Mission

Giving Foster Kids a Childhood and a Future

We envision – and strive to create – a world where every child that has experienced foster care has the opportunities and support they need to pursue their dreams and become productive members of our community.

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Our Story

In 1988, a group of DSHS social workers grew tired of seeing the deprivation often faced by children in foster care. They started purchasing the little things needed to help children feel loved and capable—things like birthday presents and school supplies—funded by community bake sales and car washes.

Thanks to the support of tens of thousands of generous donors, our talented staff, and many caring and committed partners, today Treehouse helps 7,000 youth in foster care each year through programs that help them succeed in school, fulfill key material needs, and provide important childhood experiences.

In 2012, we embarked on a bold and ambitious goal to address the alarmingly high dropout rate among youth in foster care. We know that with intentional, individualized support, youth in foster care can and will graduate from high school at the same rate as their peers with a plan for their future. Treehouse has acquired a track record of success in helping youth in foster care thrive, and we remain dedicated to building a road to hope and possibility for our kids, toward the bright future they equally deserve.

–Janis Avery, Treehouse CEO