Holding Hands, Diving In: The Amara Blog

Voices from Foster Care: Barbara Johnson

“No invitation needed...” 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. Barbara and Frank Johnson have been married for over 50 years and Barbara cannot recall a time in their marriage when it was just the two of them in their house. Their open hearts and welcoming home

2018-05-15T12:08:21+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|

How Adoptees Are Shaping Post-Adoption Services

by Angela Tucker In early April, I journeyed to Amherst, Massachusetts to present at the UMASS Rudd Adoption Research Program Conference. The conference is an annual gathering of academics from all over the United States where the biggest names in research, including Ruth McRoy and Ellen Pinderhughes, were on hand to represent their work on family preservation, openness in adoptions for birthmothers, minority recruitment, and racial identity development. Armed with

Nurturing Trust: My Amara Volunteer Story

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month! Join us as we celebrate our amazing Amara volunteers who ensure children entering foster care are cared for - physically and emotionally - in our Emergency Sanctuaries. by Susie Ulrickson I worked for many years as a pediatric nurse  where I learned how strong and adaptable kids are - even when faced with challenging medical issues and procedures. I learned it was

2018-04-17T12:00:03+00:00 April 17th, 2018|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , |

An Interview with Pierce County Superior Court Judge Frank Cuthbertson

  We are deeply concerned about the ongoing racial disproportionality in child welfare. Simply put, racial disproportionality means that, by percentage, children of color are overrepresented in our foster care system. This is particularly true for African-American children, who make up about 30 percent of children in foster care, but only 15 percent of the general child population. With this concerning over-representation in mind, Amara

2018-04-04T14:33:57+00:00 April 4th, 2018|Categories: Articles|

Sanctuary Stories: Love, Patience and Understanding

by Alisha Goel, Emergency Sanctuary Volunteer Growing up, I was always searching for a volunteer opportunity that felt truly meaningful. Sorting donations and spending a day cleaning up my community felt rewarding in their own way, but I never truly felt like I could see the impact of my time. A few months ago, I started volunteering at one of Amara's Emergency Sanctuaries. The Emergency

2018-03-28T16:22:21+00:00 March 28th, 2018|Categories: Sanctuary Stories|Tags: , , , |

2018 Stella Mae Carmichael Award Recipients: Diana & Sergey Chudak

Diana and Sergey Chudak are changing children’s lives every day. They began working with Amara in 2015 and, over the course of three years, they have welcomed 12 children into their lives, caring for them and supporting them for however long is needed. One child has been with them two years. Another just arrived last week. Diana and Sergey have also provided short-term care for

2018-03-14T10:38:39+00:00 March 13th, 2018|Categories: Latest News|

Sanctuary Stories: Nerves and Tall Towers

by Lindsay Craven, Therapeutic Childcare Specialist I wanted to share about a child we cared for recently in our Emergency Sanctuary Program. His words about our Sanctuary really touched me and, I think, are a simple and powerful statement about our work. This young man, and his brothers, who entered our care together had a strong bond. They looked out for each other, and were

2018-03-08T10:22:42+00:00 March 5th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Sanctuary Stories|

Focused on Children’s Well-Being

by Jen Kamel, Amara's Director of Children's Services Amara’s 2017-2019 strategic plan goal is “to be accountable for every child who comes into our care until they are in a safe, stable home dedicated to their lifelong well-being.”  This is an ambitious and exciting goal that I am thrilled to support. In an effort to support this ambitious and exciting goal, we embarked on a

2018-03-08T10:23:36+00:00 February 1st, 2018|Categories: Amara Musings|Tags: , , |
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