The Problems We Address

The child welfare system was never designed to meet the complex needs of our most vulnerable children and families.

Child welfare is currently structured to look first at removing a child from their family rather than providing the support needed to meet the family’s challenges of poverty or fundamental injustices in the system.

Children removed from their families, for whatever reason, suffer an acute loss that has lifelong consequences. Our wish is that every child, in every circumstance, be allowed to grow up surrounded by loving, supportive adults.

We need major reform in the child welfare system — and a re-envisioning of foster care — so that children who have been in the system have the opportunity to heal and thrive, families get the support they need, and more of us are invested in our most vulnerable young Americans.

391,311 children and youth were living in foster care in 2021.

Mental and behavioral health is the largest unmet health need for these children and teens.

Children in foster care are becoming the next generation of poor and homeless Americans.

Young people who "age out" of foster care can face adulthood alone

Every year as many as 20,000 young people age out of the foster care system.

Too many young people don’t find permanency through the foster care system and age out without family or traditional supports, usually on their 18th birthday. Treehouse has achieved national recognition for ensuring that “transition-age youth” get the kind of care they need to heal and thrive.

Young people who "age out" of foster care can face adulthood alone

Every year as many as 20,000 young people age out of the foster care system.

Too many young people don’t find permanency through the foster care system and age out without family or traditional supports, usually on their 18th birthday. Treehouse has achieved national recognition for ensuring that “transition-age youth” get the kind of care they need to heal and thrive.

Statistics for youth aging out of foster care are dire:

We’ve turned around these statistics for young people at our intergenerational community in Easthampton, MA. We know what’s needed — a caring, supportive community with empathy for the past and optimism for the future. Plans to replicate Treehouse Easthampton are underway, one of our efforts to ReEnvision Foster Care. 

Families parenting children from foster care rarely get the support they need

The child welfare system struggles to keep up. Communities lack understanding and resources.

A child who has had damaging experiences in their first family or in the child welfare system needs stability, trauma-informed programs, and a community of caring adults. Treehouse Communities are designed to provide all that and more.