The Amara Blog

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|

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

March 17th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

2016 Stella Mae Carmichael Award Recipients

Dan and Alicia always wanted to have kids, but they never really expected to have five. “I think we kind of dare each other along,” says Dan about how their family grew, although Lyle was a surprise. “There are choices for building our family that would be easier but we are committed to not making choices out of fear.” When their second placement was reunified

February 29th, 2016|Categories: Amara Event, Announcement, Families, Parenting and Adoption, Stories, Your Support Matters!|

The 2016 From Hope To Home Luncheon

Amara's Annual From Hope to Home Luncheon Monday, February 29, 2016  – 11:30 am – 1:00 pm The Sheraton Seattle, Grand Ballroom Click here to reserve your seat online today! To become a table captain or learn more about corporate sponsorship, please contact: Claire Dunbar at 206.452.1249 or at

January 1st, 2016|Categories: Amara Event, Announcement|

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

July 28th, 2015|Categories: Amara People, Announcement, General Information|

Celebrating Dads

This week we celebrate dads of all kinds – birth fathers, adoptive fathers, step-fathers and father figures. All fathers are an integral part of a child’s identity – from giving them the genes that determine how high they grow, to giving them the esteem to determine how high they reach. Amara would like to encourage all foster and adoptive families to honor dads on behalf

June 18th, 2015|Categories: General Information|

Tiny Ferocious Boy

During my last sleepover shift at the Sanctuary, we welcomed a sibling set. After getting everyone settled and into their beds, we anticipated the coming of a busy morning. I found myself caring for the youngest boy of the group. Barely a toddler, he seemed so small to me. He wrapped his thin little arms around me, and pressed his cold hands to my chest.

May 7th, 2015|Categories: About the children, General Information|

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

February 24th, 2015|Categories: Amara People, Announcement, General Information|

My journey as Damien’s birth mother

To answer the question What Makes a Family, we invited one family to share their story. Judy wrote about becoming a mom through an open adoption. Damien wrote about meeting Judy and joining her family. This is part three, from the perspective of the birth mother, Diane, as told to Judy. Can you tell me about your pregnancy and Damien’s birth? When I had Damien, I had

December 23rd, 2014|Categories: Birthmother's Journey, Blog|Tags: , , , |
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