We Won a Makeover!

A few months ago, we asked you to vote for us in the IKEA Life Improvement Challenge. Thanks to you, we won a makeover! Each year, IKEA staff and customers vote for their favorite public service nonprofits. Winners get a makeover that will support their efforts to improve the lives of others in their local community. Two of Amara’s Seattle meeting rooms, affectionately named Giraffe and

2017-02-24T17:29:24-07:00July 14th, 2016|Categories: Latest News|Tags: , |

Two Hours in the Lives of Kids in Foster Care

What is it like to suddenly lose all of your belongings and be taken away from all that is familiar? To have your deepest, darkest experiences written down in a file that’s passed to strangers, who then make decisions for you – and perhaps about you? Kids in foster care know all too well. And last week, Amara families, staff, and volunteers got their own

2017-02-24T17:32:54-07:00June 3rd, 2016|Categories: How Do I…, Latest News|Tags: , , |

Vote for Amara in the 2016 IKEA Life Improvement Challenge

Help us in our mission to find a loving, lifelong family for every child in foster care! We’re participating in the 7th annual ‘IKEA Life Improvement Co-worker Challenge’ – a program that gives Amara the chance to win a makeover from IKEA. With a well-designed and functional space, we hope to create a safe, comfortable, and family-friendly environment for kids and families during visits, and

2017-02-24T17:35:34-07:00March 28th, 2016|Categories: Latest News|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: , , |

Amara Honors Local Education and Civil Rights Advocate

Amara is proud to honor the late Louise Jones McKinney this month by naming the Beacon Hill location of the Amara Emergency Sanctuary program “Grandese’s Place.” Currently located in a home in the historic Seattle neighborhood, the Sanctuary provides a safe, nurturing place for children during their first several days in foster care. Specially trained Amara staff and volunteers welcome children 24-hours a day, 7 days

2016-11-06T09:08:45-07:00July 28th, 2015|Categories: Latest News|Tags: , , |

Our courts: through the eyes of a child

When I was removed from my birth family at age 15 and placed into foster care, I felt conflicted, isolated, and that my feelings didn't matter. I had no idea what was happening to me. I just knew that I would be living with strangers, away from my sister, my family, and my pets. It was terrifying. These feelings heightened when my first foster family

2016-11-06T09:08:45-07:00August 10th, 2014|Categories: Big Kids Little Kids|Tags: , , , |
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