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Longtime Treehouse Leader Dawn Rains Named CEO

Dawn Rains has been appointed CEO at Seattle-based Treehouse. She replaces Lisa Chen, who has held the position since 2020. 


Top Stories of 2022: Kinship Front and Center

This year, The Imprint covered the prioritization of kinship care from Washington state to Washington, D.C.

New Bill Would Help Foster Youth in Washington, D.C., Keep Federal Benefits


Top Stories of 2022: Charging Families for Foster Care

Illustration by Christine Ongjoco
For decades, states have been drawing on parents’ child support payments and children’s and Social Security benefits to help offset the costs of foster care. Media investigations and public pressure from advocates has prompted several child welfare systems to reconsider these actions, which can jeopardize the ability of a parent to reunify with their children or leave kids penniless as they exit foster care. 

Decades-old Lawsuit to Reform Washington’s Foster Care System Is Resolved


Decades-old Lawsuit to Reform Washington’s Foster Care System Is Resolved

A Seattle office of the Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families. Photo by Espen James.
A landmark lawsuit over the poor treatment of children in Washington’s foster care system has come to an end, more than two decades after it was filed.

Unleash the Brilliance, a Washington-based nonprofit that is a diversion program in King County.


Youth Advocates Push “Diversion” to Reduce Racial Disparities in Juvenile Court

A new study found that nationwide, there's an "unequal and limited use of diversion" efforts to keep kids out of the criminal justice system.

The Influence of Parental Mental Health on Children


Q&A with Sarah Rogers of Washington’s Dove House Advocacy Services

Youth Voice writer Tessie Ottaway-Chung interviewed Sarah Rogers of Dove House Advocacy Services in Washington state.

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    Children’s Home Society of Washington Taps Dave Newell to Replace Its Longtime CEO

    After a longer-than-expected search, the Children’s Home Society of Washington (CHSW) announced last week that Dave Newell will succeed Sharon Osborne, its leader of 35 years. Newell, who will officially take the helm on June 10, has for the past nine years served as CEO of PromiseShip, a child welfare services provider based in Omaha, Neb.


    Washington Foster Youth Sent to Hotels More Than 1,000 Times Last Year

    Washington state foster youth spent the night in hotels because of a lack of available placements in foster homes more than 1,000 times over the last year, according to a report from an independent state oversight office.


    Why The Washington State Supreme Court Got It Wrong on Lawyers for Kids

    Over the past year, there has been increased attention on the right to legal representation for children who have been separated from their families at our borders. Images and stories of young children attending court hearings alone, without an attorney, have been shared by media outlets all over the world.