At Amara, we are committed to providing the support and resources families need in order to be the strongest they can be for children in foster care. We stand behind a long, successful history and our staff have the deep expertise to help families navigate the long journey of fostering and adoption. Each family is paired with an Amara caseworker, who is their one contact for support, questions, and help during the home study and foster licensing process, child/family matching, and placement.
Other resources available to Amara families:
Neighborhood Peer Support
In response to requests from Amara families, we are partnering with the Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS) to offer a structured model of neighborhood-based peer support for foster and adoptive families. Since 1983, PEPS, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, has been helping parents connect, grow, and support one another. The Amara-PEPs Network groups offer an eight-week curriculum focused on foster and adoptive parenting. Childcare is provided and the groups meet in members’ homes.
Amara is piloting several PEPS Network groups in 2016:
South Seattle: Meets for 8 weeks starting on September 11, Sundays 3-5 pm
Ballard: Meets for 8 weeks starting in October. Time and date TBD
If you would like to join or run a group in your neighborhood, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Support Group Meetings
Amara offers monthly support group meetings for Amara families who are at any stage of the process. Typically, a guest speaker will discuss a topic related to parenting children from foster care, followed by Q&A. Parents join small discussion groups to share experiences and learn from one another. Dinner, beverages, and childcare provided.
Websites, Blogs & Podcasts
The following are recommendations from Amara staff, families, and professionals in the field. We are always looking to build this list so please let us know if there is something you think we should add. Send your feedback now.
General parenting and parenting kids with special needs:
Beyond Trauma & Attachment
Childcare Resources of King County
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Pediatric Interim Care Center
UW Center for Adoption Medicine
You and Your Foster Child Parenting Guides
LGBT families and kids:
Camp Ten Trees
COLAGE: Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere
Family Equality Council
Gays with Kids: Gay Dads and Dads-to-Be
GLSEN: Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network
Goodreads Recommended Reading Lists for LGBT Parents
PFLAG Recommended Reading List
Rainbow Families of Puget Sound
Seattle Counseling Service
Foster Care Education Program – FAQ (Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction)
Forms and Other General Resources:
Children’s Administration Employee Directory
DSHS forms for caregivers
Fostering Together support groups
Foster parent training (Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence)
WACs for child foster homes
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