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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: Announcement|

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: Amara People, Families|

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: Stories|

Coming Soon to Amara: Support for Adoptees, by Adoptees

Adoptee-centric programming is coming to Amara! Angela Tucker, our new Post-Adoption Support Manager, is developing platforms for Amara alumni families to network, build a sense of community, and access resources. She’s also developing adoptee-centric programs, developed by and for adoptees and foster youth, drawing on her deeply held belief that adoptee connections can provide a unique source of empowerment and connection. The adoptee mentorship program

July 26th, 2016|Categories: Amara Event, Announcement, Families|

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: Announcement, Families|

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|
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