The First Few Days

When children are removed from their homes and placed in foster care, it is traumatic and uncertain. In our newest video, we explore what one child's experience could be like during those first few days and how Amara seeks to offer support, nurturing, and care to children when they first enter foster care.

2019-07-26T13:26:59-07:00July 26th, 2019|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , |

Why Family Visits are so Important

Imagine sitting with a child who is asking you, “When will I see my mommy again?” and having to answer, “I don’t know.”  It’s important for parents and children to stay connected since the goal of foster care is to safely reunite children with their families.

2019-08-02T12:24:31-07:00July 22nd, 2019|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , |

Appreciating Amara’s Amazing Volunteers!

"In honor of National Volunteer Appreciation Week, I want to thank everyone who has supported and continues to support children in foster care with their greatest gift: their time. Volunteering has the power to change lives, and I am forever grateful for the many volunteers who have chosen to give that gift to Amara, and the kids in our care."

2019-08-02T12:29:01-07:00April 10th, 2019|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , |

We Stand in Opposition to Discrimination

Amara is an open and affirming foster care organization and values all our foster families for the love and care they provide for children. We stand in opposition to discrimination of any kind—especially discrimination that prevents prospective foster parents, including LGBTQ people, single parents, or those who practice a faith other than Christianity, from caring for children who need a stable and supportive home. This

2019-01-25T10:17:18-07:00January 24th, 2019|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , |

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

2018-12-05T15:26:31-07:00December 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

2018-11-28T16:11:20-07:00November 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

2018-06-19T13:33:02-07:00June 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

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