Holding Hands, Diving In: The Amara Blog

Why Family Visits are so Important

 Amara recently started a Family Time Services program through which we contract with DCYF to provide visitation for families separated by the foster care system. We coordinate scheduling, assist with transportation, supervise visits as needed, and do required reporting to the state.  "Not knowing when you'll see your parent is hugely destabilizing." Imagine sitting with a child who is asking you, “When will I see

2019-07-22T15:43:59-07:00July 22nd, 2019|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , |

Understanding foster care, adoption, and adoptee rights

by Julia Ryskamp, Duke Engage Intern Originally published at Duke Engage Blog; reprinted with permission. On my first day of work at Amara, I was asked multiple times “what do you know about the foster care system?” My answer: next to nothing. I knew a girl from high school and a neighbor who were adopted as children; I knew that children had to be removed from

2019-07-18T16:34:34-07:00July 18th, 2019|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , |

Supporting Family Reunification

June is National Reunification Month! At Amara, we help our foster parents support family reunification because we know this is the best outcome for children when it is safe to do so. Listen in as we talk with Amara's Associate Director of Foster Care and three Amara foster families about the importance, joy, and struggle of experiencing reunification.  

2019-06-28T09:03:15-07:00June 28th, 2019|Categories: Articles|

Innovative Inclusion

Amara Recognized by HRC Foundation for LGBTQ Inclusion Efforts Amara, a not-for-profit organization that supports children in foster care and those who love them, proudly announced that it is being recognized in Celebrating Everyday Change-Makers in Child Welfare -- a first-of-its-kind report highlighting more than 70 child welfare agencies across the country that partnered with the HRC Foundation’s All Children - All Families (ACAF) project

2019-06-28T08:36:15-07:00June 28th, 2019|Categories: Articles|

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|
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