Holding Hands, Diving In: The Amara Blog

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: , , , |

Sanctuary Stories: How Hair Care Products Help Kids Feel at Home

by Sarah Wheeler - Emergency Sanctuary Program Manger, Pierce County When kids are removed from their home for their own safety, everything familiar and comfortable is suddenly gone. When they come to stay with us at the Emergency Sanctuary everything there is new and unfamiliar. So we strive to learn as quickly as possible what would make children more comfortable and do our best to provide

2018-12-05T15:26:31-07:00December 5th, 2018|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , |

Instant Family – To See or Not to See?

Instant Family is a new film in theaters now that chronicles one couple's journey becoming foster parents in the hopes of adopting. The film is based on director Sean Anders’ personal experience adopting three siblings from foster care with his wife. It has received a warm welcome from online reviewers and has been lauded by adoption agencies as a great recruitment tool that realistically presents

2018-11-28T16:11:20-07:00November 28th, 2018|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , |

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|

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

2018-10-24T14:22:32-07:00October 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

2018-10-18T14:57:40-07:00October 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

2018-10-18T10:43:02-07:00October 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

2018-09-25T13:43:48-07:00September 25th, 2018|Categories: Latest News|
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