The process for families to become foster parents is about to get streamlined.

We are helping build a new online portal that will let families log in, track their progress, and upload their own documents. Known as Oliver, it’s based on a platform by data and child welfare experts Partners for Our Children, who are developing the portal.

“We’d heard from our families that it can be confusing to know where they are in the home study and licensing process, and when they turn in paperwork, they have to wait for us to follow up,” said Julianne Bukey Peterson, Amara’s Program Manager. “Our foster families do so much to go through this process – emotionally, and the time and effort – so it’s really exciting to be able to make things easier for them.”

More than 12 foster care and adoption agencies in Washington State are working together to get the project off the ground. Caseworkers and foster families are part of the design process, to make sure the portal works for the people who will use it. (Pictured above are members of the kickoff focus group, hard at work on planning and design.)

At Amara, we believe that technology can strengthen efficiency, accountability, and transparency in the foster care system, which ultimately benefits children in foster care. We appreciate all our partners who are committed to taking Oliver to the next level:

Bethany Christian Services 
Catholic Community Services
Community and Family Services Foundation 
Community Youth Services 
Comprehensive Life Resources 
Friends of Youth
Giddens Foundation 
Mockingbird Society
Olive Crest 
Partners for Our Children 
Pierce County Alliance 
Seattle YMCA 
Secret Harbor 
Service Alternatives 
Youth for Christ (Tacoma) 
Washington Association for Children and Parents