The Amara Blog

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

July 22nd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

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

July 14th, 2016|Categories: Announcement, Uncategorized|

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

June 30th, 2016|Categories: Announcement, Families|

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

June 17th, 2016|Categories: Families, General Information, Parenting and Adoption|

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

June 3rd, 2016|Categories: About the children, Stories|

Workshop and Support Group for Military Families

Attention military families in Pierce County and beyond! Amara is partnering with Fostering Together to host a Military Family Support Group Workshop on June 14. We are planning a new Pierce County Military Family Support Group as a resource to military families providing or interested in providing foster care, as well as adoptive families, and we want to hear from you! The workshop will help us gather

May 27th, 2016|Categories: Amara Event, Announcement, Families|

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

May 21st, 2016|Categories: Amara Event, Announcement, Blog, Families|

Give Big, Give Now

GiveBIG, May 3, is a big day for nonprofits like Amara – when the community comes together to help their favorite causes. This year, Amara family Sue and Dave Holt have kindly agreed to match the first 25 gifts of $100 made to Amara with a 100% match. This means that your support of kids and families will have double the impact! “We’ve been fans

May 3rd, 2016|Categories: Amara Event, Announcement, Blog, Families|

The Amara Information Meeting

The Amara Information Meeting (AIM) is an incredibly important place to address all your questions and see if this is right for you. You’ll learn about our services, hear from a family who has fostered or adopted a child from foster care, and have the opportunity to have your questions answered. Application packets will be available at the meeting. AIM is offered twice a month

April 10th, 2016|Categories: Amara Event, Announcement, Blog, Families, General Information|

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

March 28th, 2016|Categories: Amara Event, Announcement, General Information|
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