Understanding foster care, adoption, and adoptee rights

"I feel saddened by the fact that I likely know more about an adoptee’s birth family and early life than they do. This is because most adoptions throughout the twentieth century were closed... [and] due to sealed record laws in the United States, adoptees are not allowed access to their files,..."

2019-08-02T12:23:22-07:00July 18th, 2019|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , |

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

2018-10-18T14:57:40-07:00October 18th, 2018|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , |

To Tell or Not to Tell: When Adopted Children have Difficult Histories

Adoptive parents often worry about how to talk to their children about the difficult history that may be part of their life story. Is withholding information ever the best choice? How could hearing bad/sad news ever be in a child’s best interest? Whose story is it? What are we afraid of? This workshop for adoptive parents will provide a child-centered framework for building deep trust when

Are you foster curious? Meet Dwayne Kruse

I am a social worker with the State in Family Voluntary Services. I always wanted to make a difference and make things better. And I thought the way to do that was to be a police officer. What I discovered is that it is the most unlovable children who need the most love. I was working in a group home with kids who had nowhere

2017-07-06T11:04:53-07:00May 30th, 2017|Categories: Voices from Families|Tags: , , , , , |

Are you foster curious? Meet Jeannie Kee

Growing up, I never imagined that as a teen, I would find myself a ward of the state, living with strangers, never understanding what was happening to my family or me, and then aging out of the foster care system when I wasn't ready. 10 years after I aged out, I received a call asking me to be a part of a study on foster

2017-07-06T11:02:34-07:00May 26th, 2017|Categories: Voices from Families|Tags: , , , , , |

Are you foster curious? Meet Trey Rabun

As soon as I learned about fostering and adopting, I was sold! From my first day of graduate school at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work. It’s all about helping a child on a local level who needs a loving home. And Amara is inclusive. When I was in school, I heard a lot of stories of discrimination against same sex couples at

2017-07-06T11:07:24-07:00May 26th, 2017|Categories: Voices from Families|Tags: , , , , , |

Are you foster curious? Meet Tricia Cintron

I was in and out of the foster care system for the first 11 years of my life. At 11 years old, I entered the system permanently. My sister and I were in foster care for two and a half years before we found our forever family (through Amara!). My foster/adoptive parents were told not to expect much from me as I would likely not

2017-07-06T11:02:06-07:00May 25th, 2017|Categories: Voices from Families|Tags: , , , , , |

Are you foster curious? Meet Joe Fugere

When we choose a community partner for Tutta Bella to work with, we ask them, “What are some of your challenges?” Amara told us that for the kids who cannot return to their families, there’s a lot of anxiety for the families and the children who go through the adoption process: months of vetting, paperwork, meetings at the office. But the day comes when the

2017-07-06T11:01:51-07:00May 25th, 2017|Categories: Voices from Families|Tags: , , , , , |

Are you foster curious? Meet Joyce Thomas

It’s interesting how life prepares you for things. I became an accidental relative caregiver in 2004. A couple of my relatives were placed with me and the state said it would just be a little while -- which turned into forever because I wound up adopting them. So that helped me in the work I do now. I work with the Children’s Administration at DSHS

2017-07-06T11:08:18-07:00May 25th, 2017|Categories: Voices from Families|Tags: , , , , , |

Are You Foster Curious? Meet Tony Olmstead

When I first moved to Seattle in 2009, I joined the Seattle Fire Department. A buddy of mine said let’s go to a concert in Ballard. So we’re standing around having fun. I was single. During intermission, a couple of girls were standing by us and I said, “Hey, how you guys doing? What do you guys do?” They said, “We work for a foster

2017-07-06T11:08:40-07:00May 23rd, 2017|Categories: Voices from Families|Tags: , , , , , |
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