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Grayson’s Story: A Foster Family and Birth Family Come Together

“Our situation is unique,” says Jonathan Biron, referring to the close relationship he and his family have with their son Grayson’s biological family. “But it doesn’t have to be.” https://youtu.be/MWiaXCdQ0Ck We are so inspired by the relationship the Biron Family has with Grayon’s mom Laura, his Uncle Rob, and other members of his birth family which goes far beyond the annual letters that have

2018-10-24T14:22:32+00:00October 24th, 2018|Categories: Articles|

Born and Adopted in the 1950s: What We’re Learning from Project Search & Reunion

by Maureen McCauley Amara’s Post-Adoption program has created an important new initiative: Project Search and Reunion. Under the leadership of our Director of Post-Adoption, Angela Tucker, we are looking through literally thousands of files to ensure that adoptees and birth parents receive the information and support they wanted, especially in regard to searching for their biological family members. My name is Maureen McCauley and I’m

2018-10-18T14:57:40+00:00October 18th, 2018|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , |

Amara’s Pierce County Director Named Champion for Children!

Each year, Project Child Success identifies and celebrates people in Pierce County who have made a significant impact in the lives of children and families. Maureen Sorenson (left) and Sally Mednansky - 2018 Champions for Children Last month, we were honored to have our Pierce County Director Maureen Sorenson selected as Champion for Children in 2018! We are so proud of Maureen's commitment

2018-10-18T10:43:02+00:00October 18th, 2018|Categories: Articles|

Amara selected as 2018 Angels in Adoption Honoree

We are thrilled to be selected as Washington State Representative Adam Smith’s 2018 Angels in Adoption® Honoree for our unique contribution to supporting Western Washington’s most vulnerable children and families! “Congratulations to Amara for being recognized as a 2018 Angel in Adoption. Amara has positively contributed to the lives of countless children in the foster care system throughout our region,” said Representative Adam Smith. “As an adoptee

2018-09-25T13:43:48+00:00September 25th, 2018|Categories: Latest News|

Introducing Project Search & Reunion

By Angela Tucker, Director of Post-Adoption At Amara, we know adoption has lifelong implications. As the Director of Post-Adoption, I am tasked with supporting individuals as they navigate the complexities of their adoption stories whether they are young children or 95 years old. For most of the 20th century best practices included closed adoptions, which meant ensuring no contact between birthparents and the adoptive family

2018-09-27T10:12:57+00:00September 24th, 2018|Categories: Articles|

Trey and Jen’s Fostering Experience

"I think there is something unique that LGBTQ folks can provide for kids..." For this Podcast, we sat down with two Amara staff who are also proud Foster Parents and part of the LGBTQ+ community. They talk about their experiences as foster parents, Amara's participation in the 2018 Pride Parade, and advice for people in the LGBTQ+  community interested in becoming foster parents.

My Mind Was So Loaded, It Nearly Exploded

by Angela Tucker, Director of Post-Adoption Services It’s 2:30am on Tuesday morning and Lucretia is doing laundry while humming the tune of The Band Played On, a popular song of 1895. Casey would waltz with a strawberry blonde And the band played on. He'd glide 'cross the floor with the girl he adored And the band played on. But his mind was so loaded it

2018-07-19T16:33:28+00:00July 19th, 2018|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , |

In Support of LGBTQ+ Foster & Adoptive Families

Yesterday, an anti-LGBTQ federal funding bill for the Department of Health and Human Services passed out of committee. The bill included an amendment that would allow child welfare agencies that receive federal funding to discriminate against prospective foster and adoptive parents based on the agency’s religious beliefs. We feel a responsibility to speak up on behalf of children in foster care and the families who

2018-07-12T15:58:09+00:00July 12th, 2018|Categories: Latest News|

Separating Families: Amara’s Response

Dear Amara community, As we write this, we are heartbroken about immigrant and refugee children being separated from their families at our nation’s border. Although President Trump has signed an executive order halting the practice, there are thousands of children already impacted. As an organization that supports children in foster care, we know all too well the trauma caused by separating families. We cannot stand

2018-06-21T10:10:51+00:00June 21st, 2018|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , |
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