No Stork Needed: There are Alternative Pathways to Parenting

By Suzi Mohn, MA No matter how we get there, becoming a parent is life-changing. But when traditional ways of starting or expanding our family are simply not viable, and we have to look at alternative paths to parenting, it becomes even more important to not go it alone. Having a safe space to talk about the process and challenges is crucial to our

2017-01-20T11:19:56-07:00January 20th, 2017|Categories: How Do I…|Tags: , , , , |

Being the Foster Parent You Want to Be: A Simple Writing Tool for Weathering the Storms

By Tricia Lambie, Amara caseworker As parents, we aspire to be our best at every moment, but it’s not always easy – sometimes it can feel downright impossible. I’ve been a social worker for 16 years working with foster families, and when you’re a foster parent, it’s safe to say that you may get thrown an extra curve ball or two. Imagine this: You’re fostering

2016-12-05T15:30:58-07:00December 5th, 2016|Categories: How Do I…|Tags: , , , |

Trusting Ourselves: How We Learned to Advocate for Our Kids in School

By Vickie, Amara Alumni parent This is Part Three of a three-part series on educational advocacy for children in foster care. Read Part One here. Read Part Two here. According to the National Working Group on Foster Care and Education, kids in foster care, on average, transit through 2.8 living arrangements in their first foster care stay, and are twice as likely as other kids to

2017-01-25T12:39:54-07:00December 1st, 2016|Categories: Voices from Families, How Do I…|Tags: , , |

One Powerful Tool for Helping a Child in Foster Care Succeed in School

By Jenny von Veh, Child Placement Coordinator This is Part Two of a three-part series on educational advocacy for children in foster care. Read Part One here. Read Part Three here. According to the National Working Group on Foster Care and Education, kids in foster care, on average, transit through 2.8 living arrangements in their first foster care stay, and are twice as likely as other kids

2017-02-24T15:21:59-07:00November 30th, 2016|Categories: How Do I…|Tags: , , |

Back-to-School at Any Moment for Kids in Foster Care

By Jenny von Veh, Child Placement Coordinator This is Part One of a three-part series on educational advocacy for children in foster care. Read Part Two here. Read Part Three here. According to the National Working Group on Foster Care and Education, kids in foster care, on average, transit through 2.8 living arrangements in their first foster care stay, and are twice as likely as other

2017-02-24T15:22:41-07:00November 29th, 2016|Categories: How Do I…|Tags: , |

You’re Not On Your Own: Financial Resources for Fostering and Adopting

By Trey Rabun, Family Outreach Specialist We’re constantly inspired by the love that our foster families have to give, but as a foster parent myself, I know that financial considerations are real too. If you’re thinking about becoming a foster parent, you may be glad to know that there are financial resources available to support your family, for both fostering and adoption. Financial resources for

2017-02-24T15:23:54-07:00November 3rd, 2016|Categories: How Do I…|Tags: , , |

Foster/Adoptive Families, Get First-Hand Experience by Volunteering at our Emergency Sanctuary

As Amara’s outgoing Volunteer Coordinator, I have really enjoyed this last year of helping volunteers get the support and resources they need for working with kids at our Emergency Sanctuary. Volunteering at the Sanctuary has proven to be a great way for volunteers to get experience with kids in the foster care system, including families who are working on their foster license. I’m excited to see more

2017-02-24T15:46:08-07:00September 1st, 2016|Categories: How Do I…|Tags: , , , , |

Raising Kids, Keeping Faith

By Kari, Amara Alumni parent Editor's note: Welcome to the new Amara blog, Holding Hands, Diving In. As the name suggests, this is where you can find stories of hope and courage, stories about children in foster care and the families who support them, stories that offer practical tips and resources for parents, caregivers, and adoptees. It truly takes a village – all of us

2017-02-24T15:46:48-07:00August 31st, 2016|Categories: Voices from Families, How Do I…|Tags: , , |

Amara Launches PEPS Network Groups for Foster and Adoptive Families

The Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS) has been a fixture in the Puget Sound community for over 30 years, with a mission to prepare and empower parents of infants and young children to meet the challenge of parenting. As a new member of the PEPS Network, Amara is bringing the PEPS model to our foster and adoptive families parenting kids of all ages. We

2017-02-24T17:29:57-07:00June 30th, 2016|Categories: How Do I…, Latest News|Tags: , , , |

Two Hours in the Lives of Kids in Foster Care

What is it like to suddenly lose all of your belongings and be taken away from all that is familiar? To have your deepest, darkest experiences written down in a file that’s passed to strangers, who then make decisions for you – and perhaps about you? Kids in foster care know all too well. And last week, Amara families, staff, and volunteers got their own

2017-02-24T17:32:54-07:00June 3rd, 2016|Categories: How Do I…, Latest News|Tags: , , |
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