When children arrive at Tree House, they are paired with a staff member who serves as a “parent” during the child’s stay, taking the child to and from school or daycare and their other normal activities. Children stay in Tree House homes anywhere from a few days to several months depending on their individual circumstances, and all efforts are made to keep siblings together. No matter how long they stay, every attempt is made to protect and comfort the children without making them feel as if they are in a shelter. Tree House provides the necessities for children to function as normal as possible. Basic items such as toiletries, clothing, shoes and food, as well as toys, gifts for holidays, activities and school supplies are all provided to each child. When a child leaves a Tree House home, they are allowed to keep everything they receive there. The ultimate goal for the children is to remove the abusive party or bad situation from the child’s home, so the child may be reunited with the family. Foster care is arranged for those needing longer-term situations and if the parental rights are severed, adoption is the next step.