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,

Foster Care Licensing Is Getting a Technology Facelift

The process for families to become foster parents is about to get streamlined. We are helping build a new online portal that will let families log in, track their progress, and upload their own documents. Known as Oliver, it’s based on a platform by data and child welfare experts Partners for Our Children, who are developing the portal. “We’d heard from our families that it can

Amara Launches PEPS Network Groups for Foster and Adoptive Families

The Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS) has been a fixture in the Puget Sound community for over 30 years, with a mission to prepare and empower parents of infants and young children to meet the challenge of parenting. As a new member of the PEPS Network, Amara is bringing the PEPS model to our foster and adoptive families parenting kids of all ages. We

2017-02-24T17:29:57-07:00June 30th, 2016|Categories: How Do I…, Latest News|Tags: , , , |

NEW – Peer Support in Your Neighborhood

In response to requests from our families, Amara is partnering with PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support) to offer a structured model of neighborhood-based peer support, for foster and adoptive families with kids of all ages. All placed and recently finalized families should have received an email about our first two pilot groups – one in the Phinney area and one in the Beacon Hill

2017-02-24T17:34:03-07:00May 21st, 2016|Categories: How Do I…|Tags: , , , , , |

The First 30 Days in Foster Care: A Community Forum

On February 4, 2016, Treehouse and Amara co-hosted a community conversation in Amara's new space on MLK Jr. Way South. Ninety-five members of the community gathered to learn about the ways in which we can support children in their first 30 days in foster care. Attendees included service providers, community leaders, funders, board members, volunteers, and those who work in child welfare. Janell Braxton, alumna of

2016-11-06T09:08:45-07:00March 17th, 2016|Categories: Latest News|Tags: , , |