Amara understands that openness in fostering and adoption may be a new and intimidating concept for some. We often find that once applicants learn more about what “openness” means and also about how it may serve the child they eventually foster or adopt, their thoughts about this shift. We hope to answer your questions, build on your strengths, and provide you with guidance as you create openness in your home.
The circumstances from which foster children come are varied. Foster and adopted children benefit from knowing their roots and being able to ask questions and get answers about their placement into foster care, their adoption, and birth family. There is no one right way to approach relationships with their birth families. However, what we know now, after years of research, is that the details of the child’s story and the ability to have some kind of connection with birth family members is beneficial to foster and adopted children. Children’s identities are formed by both the family from which they came and the family that raises them. Open, comfortable communication on the part of foster and adoptive parents, the sharing of information that belongs to foster children and adoptees, and forming connections with their families, are all supports to children as they understand their story and who they are. As Amara values highly the importance of birth family relationships, applications will not be accepted from persons who are resolute in their decision to have a closed adoption.