Holding Hands, Diving In: The Amara Blog

Envisioning Post-Adoption Support: My First Gathering With Parents

By Angela Tucker, Amara Post-Adoption Support Manager The Amara headquarters bustled with an electrifying energy, as children played on the playground, and created chalk art in the sunshine. Nearby their parents, 30 families in all, gathered with me for a special Post-Adoption Conversation. “I imagine that many of you have straddled the line between desiring more support, but feeling hesitant about re-engaging with ‘the system,’”

September 27th, 2016|Categories: Voices from Families|Tags: , , |

Local Youth Paint “A Journey of Love” for Amara – and Safe Passage for Themselves

By Nell Abercrombie We are excited about our new community mural, now welcoming visitors to our home in the Rainier Valley neighborhood! The 104-foot painting, located in front of our headquarters right next to Martin Luther King Jr. Way, has already been inspiring smiles and photos from those passing by. We commissioned the mural to symbolize the journey children take through the foster care system, as well

September 23rd, 2016|Categories: Latest News|

Kids in Foster Care Are Still Just Kids

By Katy Hill After I learned about the Amara Emergency Sanctuary on the Volunteer America website, I couldn’t stop thinking about these kids who had to be removed from their homes for their own safety. I wanted to help. So I went to an Amara Volunteer Information Meeting to learn more. I left with goosebumps after hearing stories from kids in foster care, and I

September 20th, 2016|Categories: Big Kids Little Kids|Tags: , , , |

On Siblings, Stability, and Being Together

I spent a shift at our Emergency Sanctuary recently, and out of four kids, there were three siblings: Two twin boys and their sister. The twins had the same birthday as me, so I told them that we were triplets. Kids inspire that sort of humor even when it falls flat. For a child, entering foster care is an upheaval: They’re leaving their parents, their

Volunteer Profile: Jenn Listens to the Clues from Kids

With nearly a decade working with nonprofits that focus on homelessness and housing justice, Jenn saw the harsh effects that aging out of the foster care system can have on kids. So she was drawn to work at the Amara Emergency Sanctuary, a stable, safe place for kids who are suddenly removed from their homes, where she’s an evening volunteer. Being at the Sanctuary in

September 6th, 2016|Categories: Big Kids Little Kids|Tags: , , , |

Foster/Adoptive Families, Get First-Hand Experience by Volunteering at our Emergency Sanctuary

As Amara’s outgoing Volunteer Coordinator, I have really enjoyed this last year of helping volunteers get the support and resources they need for working with kids at our Emergency Sanctuary. Volunteering at the Sanctuary has proven to be a great way for volunteers to get experience with kids in the foster care system, including families who are working on their foster license. I’m excited to see more

September 1st, 2016|Categories: How Do I…|Tags: , , , , |

Raising Kids, Keeping Faith

Editor's note: Welcome to the new Amara blog, Holding Hands, Diving In. As the name suggests, this is where you can find stories of hope and courage, stories about children in foster care and the families who support them, stories that offer practical tips and resources for parents, caregivers, and adoptees. It truly takes a village – all of us – to meet the needs

August 31st, 2016|Categories: How Do I…, Voices from Families|Tags: , , |

WATCH: Amara Makeover Before and After in 60 Seconds

Over the course of a week, a team from IKEA Seattle transformed two of our most important meeting rooms into fun, comfortable, welcoming spaces. Our Giraffe room is now full of child-friendly furniture and toys, and the icing on the cake is – what else? – a giant giraffe stencil on the wall. Elephant is stocked with sleek furniture, setting us up for productive meetings. These two

August 11th, 2016|Categories: Latest News|Tags: , |

Family Story: Welcoming a Trio of Siblings

Greg and Susan came to Amara planning to parent one kiddo, but they opened their hearts and their home to a trio of siblings: Curtis, Coara, and Cannon. The kids had been through a lot before entering foster care, and from there the turmoil continued; Greg and Susan were their fourth placement in just nine months. But with stable, loving care, the kids have grown

August 10th, 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

August 9th, 2016|Categories: Latest News|Tags: , |
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