The Treehouse Educational Advocacy Program
The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. This program has been reviewed by the CEBC in the following Topic Areas:
About This Program
Target Population: Foster youth living in out of home care, Pre-K through 12th grades
For children/adolescents ages: 4 – 19
The Treehouse Educational Advocacy Program provides educational advocates who work with schools, social workers, relatives, foster families and foster youth to resolve difficult issues and remove barriers to foster youths’ school success. Advocates are co-located in child welfare offices around the state, which enables them to work directly with public child welfare social workers to include education in the daily case-planning of foster children. Educational Advocates:
- Help students access education-related support services, including special education.
- Prevent school changes when students’ home placements change.
- Pave the way for seamless transitions when school changes are unavoidable.
- Minimize the effects of disciplinary actions that keep students out of school.
- Assist high school youth in making up credits when necessary and identifying alternative high school programs to stay engaged and on track to graduate.
- Train caregivers, social workers and students themselves to advocate for students’ educational rights.
The goals of The Treehouse Educational Advocacy Program are:
- Youth will have an increased likelihood of accessing improved school-based services and supports for which they qualify
- Youth will experience enrollment continuity and stability
- Youth will experience a decrease in inappropriate use of suspensions and expulsions
- Youth will advance to the next grade and will have the appropriate credits to be on track for high school graduation
Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: October 2013
Last CEBC Contact Date: May 2017
Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: June 2015
Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: April 2012