Hot Off the Press – Our Very First Issue of The Crossroads

Katherine Joseph, Partnerships & Events Associate The very first issue of The Crossroads – Amara’s Quarterly Bulletin has now hit inboxes. We’re launching this new community newsletter to prompt dialogue, collaboration, and innovation throughout the child welfare field. This forum will be a platform to share inter-organizational news and resources, and to highlight original writing from professionals and stakeholders advocating for children and youth. What to look

More than Just Fun: Achieving Better Outcomes For Kids Through Positive Activities

John Moore, The Children’s Fund Executive Director Amara is proud to be partnering with the Children’s Fund to expand opportunities for children who stay at our Emergency Sanctuary in Tacoma. In the interest of raising awareness about resources for our community’s kids, we’re pleased to highlight the Children’s Fund. It's not easy to recover from childhood trauma. Yet research has shown that through positive experiences,

[VIDEO] Why Birth Family Connections Matter: The Story of Three Sisters

By Angela Tucker, Post-Adoption Program Manager Just three months into Amara’s Post-Adoption Program, I received a phone call: “Hi, my name is Mariya. I think my biological sisters were placed for adoption through your agency about a decade ago. I’d like to know what I need to do in order locate them, and possibly meet them? And, by the way, my mom – their

2017-02-24T15:39:47-07:00January 18th, 2017|Categories: Voices from Families|Tags: , , , , |

A much-needed new approach for state’s foster-care system

By John Morse, Executive Director There is no shortage of reports and stories in the print and social media about the dire state of foster care in our state and throughout the country. Statistics reinforce the message: Half the roughly 9,000 children in care in Washington are 5 years old or younger, one-quarter of these children have lived in five or more homes, and annual state

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: , , , |

The Moment “Sanctuary” Truly Made Sense

By Hope Cohen, Emergency Sanctuary Program Coordinator Things don’t stay quiet long at the Emergency Sanctuary, where my colleagues (including volunteers) and I are caretakers to kids who have just been removed suddenly from their homes for their safety. Kids stay with us at the Sanctuary while they wait to either go home or to a foster family. At the Sanctuary, we try our best

2017-02-24T15:24:27-07:00October 27th, 2016|Categories: Big Kids Little Kids|Tags: , , |

Local Youth Paint “A Journey of Love” for Amara – and Safe Passage for Themselves

By Nell Abercrombie, Communications Coordinator We are excited about our new community mural, now welcoming visitors to our home in the Rainier Valley neighborhood! The 104-foot painting, located in front of our headquarters right next to Martin Luther King Jr. Way, has already been inspiring smiles and photos from those passing by. We commissioned the mural to symbolize the journey children take through the foster care system,

2017-02-24T15:33:04-07:00September 23rd, 2016|Categories: Latest News|Tags: |

On Siblings, Stability, and Being Together

I spent a shift at our Emergency Sanctuary recently, and out of four kids, there were three siblings: Two twin boys and their sister. The twins had the same birthday as me, so I told them that we were triplets. Kids inspire that sort of humor even when it falls flat. For a child, entering foster care is an upheaval: They’re leaving their parents, their

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: , , |

Family Story: Welcoming a Trio of Siblings

Greg and Susan came to Amara planning to parent one kiddo, but they opened their hearts and their home to a trio of siblings: Curtis, Coara, and Cannon. The kids had been through a lot before entering foster care, and from there the turmoil continued; Greg and Susan were their fourth placement in just nine months. But with stable, loving care, the kids have grown

2016-11-06T09:08:44-07:00August 10th, 2016|Categories: Voices from Families|Tags: , , |
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