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: , , , |

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: , , |

Trey and Jen’s Fostering Experience

"I think there is something unique that LGBTQ folks can provide for kids..." For this Podcast, we sat down with two Amara staff who are also proud Foster Parents and part of the LGBTQ+ community. They talk about their experiences as foster parents, Amara's participation in the 2018 Pride Parade, and advice for people in the LGBTQ+  community interested in becoming foster parents.

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: , , |

Voices from Foster Care: Katie Biron

“Walk Alongside Them...” In honor of Foster Care Awareness Month and Mother’s Day, we are sharing the stories of seven amazing parents through foster care. These parents inspire and challenge us! We are so grateful for their dedication and love. Katie Biron is a mom many times over. She is the adopted mom of two children; she is the biological mom of two children; and

How Adoptees Are Shaping Post-Adoption Services

by Angela Tucker In early April, I journeyed to Amherst, Massachusetts to present at the UMASS Rudd Adoption Research Program Conference. The conference is an annual gathering of academics from all over the United States where the biggest names in research, including Ruth McRoy and Ellen Pinderhughes, were on hand to represent their work on family preservation, openness in adoptions for birthmothers, minority recruitment, and racial identity development. Armed with

Let’s Talk About the Term “Foster-to-Adopt”

The term “foster-to-adopt” is a very common phrase. It refers to the process that many families go through before adopting children for whom they were first foster parents. At Amara we try to avoid the term “foster-to-adopt”, instead using “fostering and adoption”. And while this may seem like just semantics, it is much more important than that. Amara is a foster care agency. Our mission