It Takes A Village:
Caring for Our Community’s Black Kids

In Washington state as of 2016, 16% of children in foster care were Black/Multi-Racial Black.  But only 6.5% of  foster parents identify as Black.

Culture Matters. A child’s cultural identity is a crucial part of a child’s overall development. Black families have the inherent life experiences to cultivate and support these cultural needs. Given that, we do our best to educate and support transracial families to ensure they learn the importance of culture; but we cannot “teach” the firsthand knowledge of living Black in our communities.

Historical Context. We acknowledge the valid wariness among some members of the Black community given the past and current racial inequities in the child welfare system. As of January 2017, Black children were 2.2 times more likely to enter the foster care system than their white counterparts. Children of color are being placed into this system by no fault of their own, and they need someone to advocate for their needs and systems change.

In the News:

Q13 News – Ten years later, very little progress on fixing racial disparity in state’s foster care system 

Read Trey’s article in Youth Today about Amara’s African-American Outreach

Foster Care Agency Bridging Racial Gap By Recruiting Families of Color

NW Facts – Addressing the Needs of Black Children in Foster Care with Amara and NAAM

King5 – Local Group pushes for More Black Families to Foster More Black Children