Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth in Foster Care – Seattle

LGBTQ+ youth in foster care need and deserve safe and affirming foster homes, with adults who can help them realize their full potential in a supportive and caring environment.  The workshop will focus on learning and creating an understanding of SOGIE (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity & Expression), how to create accepting and affirming spaces for LGBTQ+ youth, and work on increasing cultural awareness of issues

2018-12-11T09:05:38+00:00March 22nd, 2019|Tags: , |

Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth in Foster Care

LGBTQ+ youth in foster care need and deserve safe and affirming foster homes, with adults who can help them realize their full potential in a supportive and caring environment.  The workshop will focus on learning and creating an understanding of SOGIE (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity & Expression), how to create accepting and affirming spaces for LGBTQ+ youth, and work on increasing cultural awareness of issues

2018-08-24T12:45:06+00:00December 8th, 2018|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.

Alternative Pathways to Parenting: Exploring Options and Renewing Hope

No matter who you are or where you are on your journey, you are invited to a very special workshop facilitated by family expert Suzi Mohn. You’ll have the opportunity to explore alternative paths to parenthood, share your story, and imagine a new way to build your family. In this workshop, you will: Have a safe space to talk about the process and challenges that

2017-02-07T16:30:27+00:00March 18th, 2017|Tags: , , |

Alternative Pathways to Parenting: Exploring Options and Renewing Hope

No matter who you are or where you are on your journey, you are invited to a very special workshop facilitated by family expert Suzi Mohn. You’ll have the opportunity to explore alternative paths to parenthood, share your story, and imagine a new way to build your family. In this workshop, you will: Have a safe space to talk about the process and challenges that

2017-02-07T16:29:46+00:00March 2nd, 2017|Tags: , , |

No Stork Needed: There are Alternative Pathways to Parenting

By Suzi Mohn, MA No matter how we get there, becoming a parent is life-changing. But when traditional ways of starting or expanding our family are simply not viable, and we have to look at alternative paths to parenting, it becomes even more important to not go it alone. Having a safe space to talk about the process and challenges is crucial to our

2017-01-20T11:19:56+00:00January 20th, 2017|Categories: How Do I…|Tags: , , , , |

Caring More Deeply Because of My Kids

By Fred Swanson My husband Adam and I have wanted to be parents for as long as we can remember. We had experience with adoption in our families, so it was familiar. We talked with friends who had become foster parents and adopted through foster care, and learned more about what kinds of things we would need to put in place in order to be

2017-02-24T15:27:21+00:00October 5th, 2016|Categories: Voices from Families|Tags: , , |

Going “Back to School” to Support All Families and Children in Foster Care

For over three hours yesterday, Amara staff learned and discussed how we could better support families and children in foster care. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s All Children – All Families project led the workshop on improving LGBTQ cultural competency. We heard from a family who embraced learning about mentoring and caring for a gay foster youth, and also from LGBTQ youth in foster care

2016-09-01T13:30:22+00:00August 9th, 2016|Categories: Latest News|Tags: , |

For Pride and Every Day, Amara Defines Family Inclusively

At Amara, we are proud to define family inclusively. We welcome families regardless of marital status, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, home ownership, income, or education. (We love the all-gender bathroom in our new office building! See the photo above.) We know that in the eyes of a child, what matters is simple: A deep commitment to their well-being. A determination to

2017-02-24T17:32:10+00:00June 17th, 2016|Categories: Latest News|Tags: , , |

Reese and Jared: 2015 Stella Mae Carmichael Award Winners

The Stella Mae Carmichael award honors families who open their hearts and homes in exceptionally kind and selfless ways to our community’s children in foster care. This year, Amara was proud to have Daniel Bryson-Beane and his adoptive mom and Amara board member, Anne Bryson Doyle, present the award to Jared Mills and Reese Umbaugh at Amara’s annual luncheon From Hope to Home. Jared Mills

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