Emergency Sanctuary

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Safety and comfort in the midst of crisis.

When kids are suddenly removed from their homes by law enforcement or Child Protective Services, there is often no place for them to go. They may wait in police stations, or alone in waiting rooms, as social workers search for a safe home for them during this crisis.

The kids are scared. They don’t know what is happening or why. Siblings are often separated, or a child may end up moving to several different homes within just a few days.

The Amara Emergency Sanctuary Program provides an alternative for these children.

Our Emergency Sanctuary Program provides a temporary home to kids who were recently removed from their own home, for their own safety. It is a safe place for kids to land that gives families and state social workers more time to find the best long-term option for the child.

With the ability to care for several kids at a time, we can help keep brothers and sisters together during this traumatic transition. Sanctuary staff and volunteers provide trauma-informed care and comfort 24/7, focusing exclusively on caring for the child.

Our King County sanctuary, Grandese’s Place, is located in Seattle, and our Pierce County Sanctuary is located in Tacoma.

Grandese’s Place is named in honor of Louise Jones McKinney, an extraordinary philanthropist and child advocate. Learn more about her legacy here.


You can help.

Please visit our Volunteer page here to learn more about how you can make a profound difference in the lives of children at our Emergency Sanctuaries.

Volunteer — The Amara Emergency Sanctuary requires volunteer support in order to provide kids the exemplary care they deserve. A few hours of your time could make a profound difference in the life of a child. Visit our Volunteer page to learn more about volunteering with Amara.

Donate – We are seeking donations of:

  • New Backpacks and duffel bags – all colors and sizes, especially gender-neutral styles
  • Craft supplies, like washable paint, markers, paint brushes, and paper
  • New (in the package) socks and underwear, toddler through young teen

We also welcome donations through our Amazon Wish List.

Please direct questions about in-kind donations intended for the Amara Emergency Sanctuary to amara@amaraputskidsfirst.org or 206.260-1700