Holding Hands, Diving In: The Amara Blog

Sanctuary Stories: I’m here when you feel safe…

by Amara Emergency Sanctuary Staff Recently at our Emergency Sanctuary we cared for a bright, active girl who was slow to warm up to new people. One afternoon a new volunteer came in and, at first, this child found several places throughout the house to hide. Our volunteer patiently gave her some space, telling her jokes from a few feet away to make her smile

2019-05-22T11:23:56-07:00May 22nd, 2019|Categories: Sanctuary Stories|Tags: , , |

Fostering Family – Find Your Role!

"We're stronger when we're working together."     - Katie Ferguson, Fostering Family Manager May is National Foster Care Month and we're celebrating with the launch of Fostering Family, a new collaborative initiative to raise awareness and increase support for kids and families experiencing foster care!  We all have a role to play in supporting the 5000+ kids in foster care across the Puget Sound region

2019-05-17T13:57:42-07:00May 17th, 2019|Categories: Podcast|Tags: , , , |

A New Building & A Fond Farewell

by Therapeutic Childcare Specialist, Martha Buchta-Spevack During the past 4+ years, the first location of our King County Emergency Sanctuary (on a tree-lined residential street in Beacon Hill) has welcomed almost 1,000 children. On a few occasions, a child has stayed with us at the Sanctuary more than once. The typical stay has been 5 days, but we’ve had a few children for as few

2019-04-16T11:49:45-07:00April 16th, 2019|Categories: Articles|

Appreciating Amara’s Amazing Volunteers!

by Alex Ropes, Volunteer Manager Since joining Amara as Volunteer Manager in August of last year, I have come to realize that we have some of the most incredible, passionate, and infinitely dedicated volunteers I’ve ever encountered. It’s easy to see how much every one of our volunteers cares about children. Whether it’s spending time with children at the Sanctuary, helping at fundraising events, supporting

2019-04-10T14:08:29-07:00April 10th, 2019|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , |

Join us to dream big for kids in foster care

by Maureen Sorenson, Amara's Pierce County Director I am honored to share with you an exciting opportunity to dream big together for children and families in Pierce County who need support. I have worked with children in foster care for two decades. Today, we are standing at the precipice of a potentially game-changing moment for children and families, unlike anything I’ve seen before! In 2018,

National Social Worker Appreciation Month!

"A 3-year-old or a 5-year-old is not going to remember my name or the name of the agency I work with...I don't necessarily want that kid to remember me but I do want them to remember feeling loved and cared for in their home and to walk with their foster parents to help them create that environment."  - Ryan Karnoski, Amara Foster Care Specialist Listen

2019-05-17T13:52:05-07:00March 28th, 2019|Categories: Articles|

Appreciating Social Workers!

by Nicole Mazen, Director of Foster Care Services The Foster Care Team would like to thank all of the social workers here at Amara and our partner organizations (including DCYF - Department of Children, Youth and Families, our fellow child placing agencies, CASA) as well as independent therapists and others who work tirelessly to support children and those who love them. We are a team

2019-04-01T13:20:13-07:00March 25th, 2019|Categories: Articles|

2019 Stella Mae Carmichael Award Recipients: Aaron Edwards & Sarah Reker

Aaron Edwards and Sarah Reker have a long history as foster parents and started working with Amara in 2015. Since then, they have adopted three children from foster care, provided respite care to six children, helped one child reunify with their birth family, and are currently fostering another child. They have experienced the full variety of outcomes when taking in a child in foster care,

2019-03-13T09:53:05-07:00March 13th, 2019|Categories: Articles|

We Stand in Opposition to Discrimination

Amara is an open and affirming foster care organization and values all our foster families for the love and care they provide for children. We stand in opposition to discrimination of any kind—especially discrimination that prevents prospective foster parents, including LGBTQ people, single parents, or those who practice a faith other than Christianity, from caring for children who need a stable and supportive home. This

2019-01-25T10:17:18-07:00January 24th, 2019|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , |

End of the Year Philanthropic Giving

Are you planning to donate to your favorite organizations before the New Year? We've got some ideas about supporting Amara and other non-profits this time of year! Join us as we discuss End of Year Giving with Amara's Ross Hiranaga, Director of Children's Services, and Carrie Bassett, Development Manager. Spoiler Alert: We start with some fun stories about Santa Claus that certain youngsters may not

2018-12-18T16:46:17-07:00December 18th, 2018|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , |
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