Self-Care for Children and Young People – Foster Parents Article

Posted on 18th March 2020 by Beth Owen Sometimes, when you’re struggling, it can be hard to know how to look after yourself. You might have had a bad day, or you could be going through a difficult situation. You know you don’t feel as happy, or maybe as full of energy as usual, but you don’t know what to do about it. This is where self-care comes in to things. What is self-care? Self-care is when you actively do…

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Treehouse Youth Wins Spirit Award – Foster Parents Article

03.04.2020 By Brianna Franco, Marketing & Policy Intern Every year, Nathalie’s school gives one junior the Spirit Award in honor of Anthony Harlow, a student who passed away and embodied having strong spirit and passion for their school. In detailing why Nathalie won the award, teachers reported that she is an incredibly hard worker, conscientious and simply a joy to have in class.   When she heard that she won the award, Nathalie was surprised. “I’m super excited–I didn’t think…

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Reflecting on the Experience of Holiday Magic – Foster Parents Article

12.25.2019 By Brianna Franco, Marketing & Policy Intern The Holiday Magic program is truly a magical experience this time of year for everyone at Treehouse. This season, we provided more than 5,000 meaningful gifts to the kids and young people in our state. Our youth and caregivers made special requests for items such as a movie ticket bundle, Incrediblocks and wireless headphones. The stories below have been compiled by Treehouse staff this holiday season: As a special request, we sent…

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More Than 30 Reasons to Be Thankful – Foster Parents Article

11.27.2019 By Catherine Krummey, Treehouse Marketing & Social Media Manager This holiday season, we have a lot to be thankful for at Treehouse. For the past 30 days, we have been celebrating by sharing our gratitude for our youth, volunteers, donors, caregivers, community partners and more on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with our #30daysofthanks posts. Youth, Caregivers and Staff “I’m thankful for the young adults who I get to meet with every week. I’m thankful to walk alongside them, building…

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Misty Fearlessly Pursues Her Dreams – Foster Parents Article

10.02.2019 By Jake Satisky, Treehouse Marketing and Policy Intern When Misty stood up on stage in front of hundreds of people, she felt no fear. She sang an original song she had written at a songwriting summer camp called “Dear Mom,” and she knocked it out of the park. Misty has pursued her college dream with the same fearlessness. This fall, she is attending Western Washington University to study child psychology. She didn’t always know she wanted to go to…

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Birth Child Stories: Meet Natasha – Foster Parents Article

Posted on 20th September 2019 by Beth Owen BIRTH CHILD STORIES When people make the transition to become Foster Carers it doesn’t just have an impact on them, but it also impacts on the entire family including their own birth children. As a foster carer you are allocated a Supervising Social Worker to support you, as a looked after foster child you are allocated a Social Worker to support you too but for a birth child they can often feel invisible to…

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Navigating the Uncharted Territory of High School – Foster Parents Article

05.22.2019 By Sarah Birch, Education Specialist There are hundreds of movies made about the high school experience—films outlining the social hierarchy, the discipline system and more. It is taken as a given in American culture that every individual went to high school, that it’s something we can all look back on and share. What I have found in my work at Treehouse is this is not always the case. For some students, high school is uncharted territory where everything is…

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9 Things You Should Know About Foster Care – Foster Parents Article

05.17.2019 By Jesse Colman, Treehouse Public Relations Specialist When a child or youth is placed into foster care, their safety and well-being become the shared responsibility of their community. Ensuring they have a childhood and a future matters to all of us.  At any given time, there are close to half a million children and youth in foster care across the country. While there is federal funding, individual states are responsible for the welfare of kids in their community. Each…

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Celebrity Chef Tom Douglas Mentors 4 Youth in Latest Treehouse Video – Foster Parents Article

05.01.2019 By Catherine Krummey, Treehouse Marketing & Social Media Manager Four of the youth we serve were recently mentored by renowned Seattle chef Tom Douglas. Treehouse youth Paris, Skyler, Philipe and Journey all want to pursue culinary careers. “This experience really made me realize how easily attainable this dream is,” Journey said. “It’s not just a dream anymore. I’m actually making my way there now.” Tom invited our youth to Hot Stove Society, his culinary learning space in Seattle. He…

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Why We Support Youth in the Launch to Adulthood – Foster Parents Article

05.01.2019 By Janis Avery, Treehouse CEO Twenty four years ago, I interviewed to become the Executive Director at Treehouse. I’ve been reflecting about that experience as we approach National Foster Care Month in May. Treehouse was small then, with only 10 staff, but they were doing incredible work. They were the only agency I knew of focused on supporting kids’ developmental needs and interests in life instead of simply trying to eliminate their problems. Children and youth in foster care…

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