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A Call for Unity

It’s been a challenging year, particularly for members of our community who are LGBTQ+, immigrants, people of color, and our Jewish community. Our federal government has pushed policies that have or would have a devastating impact on so many of us: destructive family separations at the US southern border, national policy designed to bar LGBTQ+ individuals from being able to foster or adopt, and, most recently,

2018-11-01T09:42:17-07:00November 1st, 2018|Categories: Articles|

Racial Justice in the Foster Care System: We Can Do Better

By Trey Rabun, Family Outreach Specialist The overrepresentation of children of color – especially African American and Native American children - in foster care is a systemic failure that must be addressed. In a recent interview with Q13 Fox news, Ross Hunter, Washington state’s Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) Secretary, called on our community to do just that: “I think you should be

2018-09-20T14:28:46-07:00September 20th, 2018|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , |

Sanctuary Stories: Ghostbusting And A Little Girl

By Tim LeBeau, Therapeutic Childcare Specialist, Emergency Sanctuary Program Being an overnight staff member at one of Amara's Emergency Sanctuaries means I frequently never meet the children we have in care. When I do, they are often not having the best of times.  They might arrive at the Sanctuary at some horridly early hour in the morning, they may not want to go to bed

2017-11-13T10:13:35-07:00November 13th, 2017|Categories: Articles|

How (And Why) We Embrace Challenging Conversations About Adoptees

By Angela Tucker, Post-Adoption Program Manager We know you’ve experienced it, too. That well-intentioned (nosy?) grocery clerk who curiously inquires, “Are you her real mom?” You knew this question was coming after she uttered that first word, by the quizzical look in her eyes. You wonder: Should I educate her about the adoption process? Should I politely ask her to mind her own business? Or

2017-10-25T12:57:57-07:00October 25th, 2017|Categories: Articles|

Why I Am A (STAR) Mentor For Adoptees

By Steve Wolff I am a 50-year-old adoptee. I was adopted at four days old through Amara (formerly known as Medina). I grew up with only one frame of reference about adoption: my own. No two stories are alike. I had loving parents and a younger sister who was also adopted near birth and wasn’t blood-related. I have many fond memories and feel blessed in

2017-10-19T09:43:06-07:00October 19th, 2017|Categories: Articles|

Sanctuary Stories: Volunteers Help Children In Crisis

We recently shared a short story on Instagram about two young siblings who arrived at our Emergency Sanctuary close to midnight. They were tired, hungry, and in need of baths. After bowls of mac and cheese, glasses of milk, bubble baths, and Berenstain Bears they fell fast asleep. Thanks to the incredible work of our Emergency Sanctuary volunteers, the younger child woke up smiley and ready

2017-09-25T16:24:06-07:00September 25th, 2017|Categories: Sanctuary Stories|Tags: , |

NEW – Peer Support in Your Neighborhood

In response to requests from our families, Amara is partnering with PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support) to offer a structured model of neighborhood-based peer support, for foster and adoptive families with kids of all ages. All placed and recently finalized families should have received an email about our first two pilot groups – one in the Phinney area and one in the Beacon Hill

2017-02-24T17:34:03-07:00May 21st, 2016|Categories: How Do I…|Tags: , , , , , |

Give Big, Give Now

GiveBIG, May 3, is a big day for nonprofits like Amara – when the community comes together to help their favorite causes. This year, Amara family Sue and Dave Holt have kindly agreed to match the first 25 gifts of $100 made to Amara with a 100% match. This means that your support of kids and families will have double the impact! “We’ve been fans

2017-02-24T17:34:27-07:00May 3rd, 2016|Categories: Latest News|Tags: , |

The Amara Information Meeting

The Amara Information Meeting (AIM) is an incredibly important place to address all your questions and see if this is right for you. You’ll learn about our services, hear from a family who has fostered or adopted a child from foster care, and have the opportunity to have your questions answered. Application packets will be available at the meeting. AIM is offered twice a month

2017-02-24T17:34:56-07:00April 10th, 2016|Categories: How Do I…|Tags: , |

Vote for Amara in the 2016 IKEA Life Improvement Challenge

Help us in our mission to find a loving, lifelong family for every child in foster care! We’re participating in the 7th annual ‘IKEA Life Improvement Co-worker Challenge’ – a program that gives Amara the chance to win a makeover from IKEA. With a well-designed and functional space, we hope to create a safe, comfortable, and family-friendly environment for kids and families during visits, and

2017-02-24T17:35:34-07:00March 28th, 2016|Categories: Latest News|Tags: , |