Holding Hands, Diving In: The Amara Blog

How A Child In Foster Care Can Qualify For Social Security Benefits

If you have a child in foster care, he or she may be eligible to receive benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). There are several different ways that a child may qualify, so you need to run down the options and see if he or she may be eligible to receive the monthly benefits.

2020-01-16T16:30:05-08:00January 16th, 2020|Categories: Articles|

3 Ways Amara Removes Barriers to Fostering Children

Happy New Year! 2020 rings in a new year, a new decade, and exciting changes at Amara. As a private, nonprofit organization committed to supporting and fostering the wellbeing of children in foster care, adoptees, and the families who love them, we know how important it is to consistently examine our organizational policies to be sure they are helping us achieve these goals. We also

2020-01-14T14:34:25-08:00January 14th, 2020|Categories: Articles, Latest News|

Take Action: Speak Out Against Discrimination

As a member of the Amara family, you know our mission is to prioritize the wellbeing of children in foster care and adoptees; and support the families who love them. And who are the “families who love them”? Foster families, birth/first families, and adoptive families; as well as kinship caregivers.  All people need and deserve a strong, stable, loving family to help us grow into

Nothing More Magical: A Volunteer Story

Recently, one of our Emergency Sanctuary volunteers had an experience that really stuck with him. He shared this story with us, and it serves as a reminder that there are so many little moments that make a world of difference to the children staying there, as well as the volunteers who help make the program possible.  I’ve been volunteering at the Emergency Sanctuary for almost

2019-10-21T17:13:26-07:00October 21st, 2019|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , |

Build a Bigger Table

Too often in foster care, I’ve seen “saviorism attitudes”, where the focus is on the foster parents and how their actions “saved” the child in their care. But foster care isn’t about saving a child – or even saving a family. It’s about coming alongside another family and doing the messy work of building real relationships.

2019-10-28T10:19:22-07:00October 9th, 2019|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , |

Reflections on a Summer of Opportunities

by Julia Ryskamp, Duke Engage Intern Originally published at Duke Engage Blog; reprinted with permission. Now that my DukeEngage experience has come to an end, I’ve been able to reflect on everything I’ve learned and accomplished during my summer in Seattle and at Amara. The chance to live in and explore a new city was an experience like no other—productive, enriching, and fun—and the opportunity to

2019-09-06T11:23:24-07:00September 6th, 2019|Categories: Articles|

Glitter, Tiaras & Gender

A popular book from this donation has been My Princess Boy, by local author Cheryl Kilodavis, about a boy who loves to wear pink, glitter and tiaras. Recently, one of our Sanctuary guests eagerly listened to this story over and over, sharing how often he had dressed up like a princess too.

2019-08-21T16:39:11-07:00August 21st, 2019|Categories: Articles|Tags: , |

We’re Published! The Inclusive Family Support Model

We are so proud to see Amara’s Post-Adoption work published in the Journal of Child and Family Social Work! The Inclusive Family Support Model (IFSM) was conceived and authored by our director of Post-Adoption Services, Angela Tucker and Dr. JaeRan Kim of the University of Washington Tacoma.

2019-08-20T14:02:05-07:00August 20th, 2019|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , |

Amara’s Community Engagement Process – Frequently Asked Questions

"We have an opportunity and an obligation to take a new approach to this work. To truly lead with racial equity, we must allow time and space to fully hear from the community about their vision for the property..."

2019-08-12T10:01:41-07:00August 12th, 2019|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , |
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