Holding Hands, Diving In: The Amara Blog

In Support of LGBTQ+ Foster & Adoptive Families

Yesterday, an anti-LGBTQ federal funding bill for the Department of Health and Human Services passed out of committee. The bill included an amendment that would allow child welfare agencies that receive federal funding to discriminate against prospective foster and adoptive parents based on the agency’s religious beliefs. We feel a responsibility to speak up on behalf of children in foster care and the families who

2018-07-12T15:58:09+00:00 July 12th, 2018|Categories: Latest News|

Separating Families: Amara’s Response

Dear Amara community, As we write this, we are heartbroken about immigrant and refugee children being separated from their families at our nation’s border. Although President Trump has signed an executive order halting the practice, there are thousands of children already impacted. As an organization that supports children in foster care, we know all too well the trauma caused by separating families. We cannot stand

2018-06-21T10:10:51+00:00 June 21st, 2018|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , |

Voices from Foster Care: Wanderley Ceschim

As a single man, Wanderley Chesim wondered if he would be accepted as a foster parent. Now Wanderley's family has grown to include 5 young men and he's become convinced that all types of families are needed for kids and youth in foster care. He reflects here about his journey of foster parenting.  Wanting to Do More At some point in my life I was

2018-06-19T13:33:02+00:00 June 19th, 2018|Categories: Voices from Families|Tags: , |

Fostering Equality: The Ramsey Family Story

Matthew and Scott Ramsey created their family through fostering and adoption - and they want to ensure all families are given the same opportunity. We're honored to share their story for Pride Month 2018! It’s a common story: two people meet, fall in love and want to create a family together. Of course, for couples who do not fit the heterosexual, cis-gender mold, creating a

2018-06-06T10:47:05+00:00 June 6th, 2018|Categories: Articles|

Voices from Foster Care: The Davidsons

 "Navigating It Together" In honor of Foster Care Awareness Month and Mother’s Day, we are sharing the stories of seven amazing parents through foster care. These parents inspire and challenge us! We are so grateful for their dedication and love. Nolan Davidson is a force of nature. Vibrant, lively, and quirky - his personality is infectious and much bigger than you’d think would fit in

2018-05-29T11:13:12+00:00 May 29th, 2018|Categories: Articles|

Voices from Foster Care: Lisa Blackmore

"No Such Thing as Too Loved..." In honor of Foster Care Awareness Month and Mother’s Day, we are sharing the stories of seven amazing parents through foster care. These parents inspire and challenge us! We are so grateful for their dedication and love. Lisa Blackmore has been passionate about foster care since she was a teenager. That’s when her family started welcoming babies into their

Voices from Foster Care: Katie Biron

“Walk Alongside Them...” In honor of Foster Care Awareness Month and Mother’s Day, we are sharing the stories of seven amazing parents through foster care. These parents inspire and challenge us! We are so grateful for their dedication and love. Katie Biron is a mom many times over. She is the adopted mom of two children; she is the biological mom of two children; and

Voices from Foster Care: Barbara Johnson

“No invitation needed...” In honor of Foster Care Awareness Month and Mother’s Day, we are sharing the stories of seven amazing parents through foster care. These parents inspire and challenge us! We are so grateful for their dedication and love. As a licensed foster parent for over 30 years who has cared for over 250 children and youth, “Grandma” Barbara is something of a legend.

2018-05-22T10:45:08+00:00 May 15th, 2018|Categories: Articles|Tags: , |

Voices from Foster Care: Carla Saulter

In honor of Foster Care Awareness Month and Mother’s Day, we are sharing the stories of seven amazing parents through foster care. These parents inspire and challenge us! We are so grateful for their dedication and love. This Mothers Day article, from Seattle's Child Magazine, is adapted from an interview with Carla Saulter - member of Amara's African American Outreach Advisory Council, foster care advocate,

2018-05-15T12:12:36+00:00 May 13th, 2018|Categories: Voices from Families|Tags: , , , |

Voices from Foster Care: CeCe Smith

"You gain more family..." In honor of Foster Care Awareness Month and Mother's Day, we are sharing the stories of seven amazing parents through foster care. These parents inspire and challenge us! We are so grateful for their dedication and love. Initially, CeCe Smith got her foster care license to offer respite care for her Aunt and Uncle who were long-time foster parents. Since kids in

2018-05-15T12:15:00+00:00 May 11th, 2018|Categories: Articles|
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