Holding Hands, Diving In: The Amara Blog

The Moment “Sanctuary” Truly Made Sense

By Hope Cohen, Emergency Sanctuary Program Coordinator Things don’t stay quiet long at the Emergency Sanctuary, where my colleagues (including volunteers) and I are caretakers to kids who have just been removed suddenly from their homes for their safety. Kids stay with us at the Sanctuary while they wait to either go home or to a foster family. At the Sanctuary, we try our best

October 27th, 2016|Categories: Big Kids Little Kids|Tags: , , |

When You Check the Box

By Angela Tucker, Amara Post-Adoption Program Manager Even though I’m hearing impaired I am a healthy adult Even though this wasn’t learned until my late childhood I was a healthy child She didn’t always eat healthy while I grew in her belly There were no prenatal visits or vitamins Still I am fine and I’m healthy You should know that still I have worth I

No Stork Needed: There are Alternative Pathways to Parenting

By Suzi Mohn, MA After many years of working with individuals and couples who desperately want a child – and after personally experiencing the roller coaster of emotions that accompany that journey – I have learned that, for those of us who start out hoping for our own biological child, most of us ultimately come to the realization that we just want to be a

October 12th, 2016|Categories: How Do I…|Tags: , , , , |

Caring More Deeply Because of My Kids

By Fred Swanson My husband Adam and I have wanted to be parents for as long as we can remember. We had experience with adoption in our families, so it was familiar. We talked with friends who had become foster parents and adopted through foster care, and learned more about what kinds of things we would need to put in place in order to be

October 5th, 2016|Categories: Voices from Families|Tags: , , , |

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, Communications Coordinator 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,

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: , , , , |
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