Webcast: Re-Envisioning Foster Care in America—The Treehouse Community

3:00 PM EST

Join a free webcast from the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (NRCPFC), NRCPFC Director of Information Services, Tracy Serdjenian, speaks with various members of the Treehouse Community about their experiences of being a part of this unique community. Treehouse is a multi-generational community, located in Easthampton, Massachusetts, designed to support families who are fostering and adopting children from the public foster care system. Judy Cockerton, Founder/Executive Director of the Treehouse Foundation, provides viewers with the history of the Treehouse Community and discusses how Treehouse has engaged and partnered with various groups and stakeholders through their initiatives and projects to support children, families, and elders. She offers an overview of Treehouse Foundation’s various projects and initiatives, and shares lessons they learned as the community grew and developed. Treehouse Community Elders share their stories of how they came to live at Treehouse, their experiences living within the community, and ways they engage with children and other families. Parents in the Treehouse Community share their experiences living at Treehouse, including how it has supported their children and families, and how they are involved in the community. Kerry Homstead, Community Facilitator, discusses her role in connecting Treehouse Community members with resources and helping to meet their emerging needs, as well as best practices and programs at Treehouse that support children and youth in flourishing. Beth Spong, Development Consultant, talks about the Treehouse Community in relation to the larger context of the region and country. 

Date/Time: Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 3:00-4:15 PM

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