We all have a role to play in supporting the 5000+ kids in foster care across the Puget Sound region - listen in to learn more about how you can get involved!
"The true essence of the Sanctuary isn’t in our physical building, it’s in the love and patience that staff and volunteers bring to each shift. It’s in the welcoming feeling we create for each child who walks through our doors,.."
"In honor of National Volunteer Appreciation Week, I want to thank everyone who has supported and continues to support children in foster care with their greatest gift: their time. Volunteering has the power to change lives, and I am forever grateful for the many volunteers who have chosen to give that gift to Amara, and the kids in our care."
In 2018, Amara purchased a 29-acre property in Pierce County. With this expansive, undeveloped property, there is immense potential to transform the way we deliver foster care.
"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
by Nicole Mazen, Director of Foster Care Services The Foster Care Team would like to thank all of the social workers here at Amara and our partner organizations (including DCYF - Department of Children, Youth and Families, our fellow child placing agencies, CASA) as well as independent therapists and others who work tirelessly to support children and those who love them. We are a team
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,
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
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
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