Sanctuary Stories: How Hair Care Products Help Kids Feel at Home

by Sarah Wheeler - Emergency Sanctuary Program Manger, Pierce County When kids are removed from their home for their own safety, everything familiar and comfortable is suddenly gone. When they come to stay with us at the Emergency Sanctuary everything there is new and unfamiliar. So we strive to learn as quickly as possible what would make children more comfortable and do our best to provide

2018-12-05T15:26:31+00:00December 5th, 2018|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , |

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: , , , |

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.

Voices from Foster Care: Wanderley Ceschim

As a single man, Wanderley Chesim wondered if he would be accepted as a foster parent. Now Wanderley's family has grown to include 5 young men and he's become convinced that all types of families are needed for kids and youth in foster care. He reflects here about his journey of foster parenting.  Wanting to Do More At some point in my life I was

2018-06-19T13:33:02+00:00June 19th, 2018|Categories: Voices from Families|Tags: , |

Voices from Foster Care: Lisa Blackmore

"No Such Thing as Too Loved..." 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. Lisa Blackmore has been passionate about foster care since she was a teenager. That’s when her family started welcoming babies into their

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

Voices from Foster Care: Barbara Johnson

“No invitation needed...” 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. As a licensed foster parent for over 30 years who has cared for over 250 children and youth, “Grandma” Barbara is something of a legend.

2018-05-22T10:45:08+00:00May 15th, 2018|Categories: Articles|Tags: , |

Voices from Foster Care: Carla Saulter

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. This Mothers Day article, from Seattle's Child Magazine, is adapted from an interview with Carla Saulter - member of Amara's African American Outreach Advisory Council, foster care advocate,

2018-05-15T12:12:36+00:00May 13th, 2018|Categories: Voices from Families|Tags: , , , |

Sanctuary Stories: Love, Patience and Understanding

by Alisha Goel, Emergency Sanctuary Volunteer Growing up, I was always searching for a volunteer opportunity that felt truly meaningful. Sorting donations and spending a day cleaning up my community felt rewarding in their own way, but I never truly felt like I could see the impact of my time. A few months ago, I started volunteering at one of Amara's Emergency Sanctuaries. The Emergency

2018-03-28T16:22:21+00:00March 28th, 2018|Categories: Sanctuary Stories|Tags: , , , |

Focused on Children’s Well-Being

by Jen Kamel, Amara's Director of Children's Services Amara’s 2017-2019 strategic plan goal is “to be accountable for every child who comes into our care until they are in a safe, stable home dedicated to their lifelong well-being.”  This is an ambitious and exciting goal that I am thrilled to support. In an effort to support this ambitious and exciting goal, we embarked on a

2018-03-08T10:23:36+00:00February 1st, 2018|Categories: Amara Musings|Tags: , , |
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