Sanctuary Stories: How Hair Care Products Help Kids Feel at Home

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

2018-12-05T15:26:31+00:00December 5th, 2018|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , |

Instant Family – To See or Not to See?

Instant Family is a new film in theaters now that chronicles one couple's journey becoming foster parents in the hopes of adopting. The film is based on director Sean Anders’ personal experience adopting three siblings from foster care with his wife. It has received a warm welcome from online reviewers and has been lauded by adoption agencies as a great recruitment tool that realistically presents

2018-11-28T16:11:20+00:00November 28th, 2018|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , |

A Call for Unity

It’s been a challenging year, particularly for members of our community who are LGBTQ+, immigrants, people of color, and our Jewish community. Our federal government has pushed policies that have or would have a devastating impact on so many of us: destructive family separations at the US southern border, national policy designed to bar LGBTQ+ individuals from being able to foster or adopt, and, most recently,

2018-11-01T09:42:17+00:00November 1st, 2018|Categories: Articles|

Grayson’s Story: A Foster Family and Birth Family Come Together

“Our situation is unique,” says Jonathan Biron, referring to the close relationship he and his family have with their son Grayson’s biological family. “But it doesn’t have to be.” https://youtu.be/MWiaXCdQ0Ck We are so inspired by the relationship the Biron Family has with Grayon’s mom Laura, his Uncle Rob, and other members of his birth family which goes far beyond the annual letters that have

2018-10-24T14:22:32+00:00October 24th, 2018|Categories: Articles|

Born and Adopted in the 1950s: What We’re Learning from Project Search & Reunion

by Maureen McCauley Amara’s Post-Adoption program has created an important new initiative: Project Search and Reunion. Under the leadership of our Director of Post-Adoption, Angela Tucker, we are looking through literally thousands of files to ensure that adoptees and birth parents receive the information and support they wanted, especially in regard to searching for their biological family members. My name is Maureen McCauley and I’m

2018-10-18T14:57:40+00:00October 18th, 2018|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , |

Amara’s Pierce County Director Named Champion for Children!

Each year, Project Child Success identifies and celebrates people in Pierce County who have made a significant impact in the lives of children and families. Maureen Sorenson (left) and Sally Mednansky - 2018 Champions for Children Last month, we were honored to have our Pierce County Director Maureen Sorenson selected as Champion for Children in 2018! We are so proud of Maureen's commitment

2018-10-18T10:43:02+00:00October 18th, 2018|Categories: Articles|

Introducing Project Search & Reunion

By Angela Tucker, Director of Post-Adoption At Amara, we know adoption has lifelong implications. As the Director of Post-Adoption, I am tasked with supporting individuals as they navigate the complexities of their adoption stories whether they are young children or 95 years old. For most of the 20th century best practices included closed adoptions, which meant ensuring no contact between birthparents and the adoptive family

2018-09-27T10:12:57+00:00September 24th, 2018|Categories: Articles|

Racial Justice in the Foster Care System: We Can Do Better

By Trey Rabun, Family Outreach Specialist The overrepresentation of children of color – especially African American and Native American children - in foster care is a systemic failure that must be addressed. In a recent interview with Q13 Fox news, Ross Hunter, Washington state’s Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) Secretary, called on our community to do just that: “I think you should be

2018-09-20T14:28:46+00:00September 20th, 2018|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , |

My Mind Was So Loaded, It Nearly Exploded

by Angela Tucker, Director of Post-Adoption Services It’s 2:30am on Tuesday morning and Lucretia is doing laundry while humming the tune of The Band Played On, a popular song of 1895. Casey would waltz with a strawberry blonde And the band played on. He'd glide 'cross the floor with the girl he adored And the band played on. But his mind was so loaded it

2018-07-19T16:33:28+00:00July 19th, 2018|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , |

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+00:00June 21st, 2018|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , |
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