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Every Child Deserves a Childhood and a Future- Spotlight Janis Avery

There’s a moment in every child’s life when the door opens and lets the future in…

Every day, Janis Avery, CEO of Treehouse for Foster kids gives children hope for a better tomorrow. I am honored to be on the Advisory board for Treehouse and to host Shop for A Cause. This annual event will take place this Thursday December 1 on the shores of Lake Washington at the Indie Flix Studios 4314 E. Madison starting at 5 pm. Join us to mix and mingle with wine and bites as local vendors sell their items at discounts with a percentage of proceeds going to Treehouse. Meet Janis and the Treehouse staff. Raffles and door prizes! If you bring any unwrapped gift for a foster kid, you will help us in making this season bright!

Now for our Monday Spotlight- from Janis Avery, CEO

Kids in foster care live in an uncertain world. Stability and permanence, things that most children can take for granted, are not guaranteed to foster kids. They can be moved frequently, and with very little notice, leaving with just a trash bag filled with their possessions. All too often, entering the foster care system means losing a sense of identity and purpose for kids who have been abused or neglected.

Treehouse, is a completely local nonprofit organization with the mission of giving foster kids a childhood and a future. Since 1988, Treehouse has provided essential Education Engagement and Enrichment programs that help foster kids succeed in school, meet key material needs, and provide childhood experiences every kid deserves. Core programs serving foster kids in King County are focused on helping kids fit in, discover and deepen passions and perform well in school so they have future choices. Staff and volunteers work with youth to help them complete: college and career planning; academic progress; attend summer camp and participate in extracurricular activities; and “shopping” at the Wearhouse, an onsite retail store where youth and caregivers can shop for free. Treehouse also runs a statewide Educational Advocacy program to help foster youth stay in school and remain on-track to high school graduation. Treehouse serves over 5,000 foster kids each year!

Treehouse is a community effort. I have deep respect and appreciation for Dana Frank who brings together local entrepreneurs every year to hold Shop for a Cause. This event has multiple benefits. It collects gifts for teens, sells items from local retailers, and makes a donation to Treehouse. This creative triple bottom line helps kids tangibly with gifts and cash and broadly by raising community awareness about the needs of children in foster care. And, it’s fun. Thank you Dana!

Interested in getting involved or making a donation? Learn more at Please be in touch with me directly if you would like to learn more or do more.

Blessings in this holiday season!
Janis Avery, CEO
Giving Foster Kids a Childhood and a Future