Upcoming Workshops

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For Amara Families

The Caregiver Core Training (CCT) is competency-based training required for all licensed foster parents in Washington State. The 24-hour CCT is comprised of two distinct modules and a field experience. The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) and some other Child Placing Agencies (CPAs) offer CCT throughout the year. This training is required for all Amara families.

Find out more about upcoming CCT training opportunities.

This all-day workshop builds on the knowledge gained in CCT and offers a deeper exploration of topics at the core of successful fostering and adopting. We’ll cover how trauma presents in children and how caregivers can respond, how to create openness in your home and build relationships with a child’s family, and discuss considerations in preparing for transcultural/transracial caregiving. We believe that everyone enters the role of parenting with room to grow and we offer this workshop as a way to learn alongside fellow Amara families, encourage self-examination, think ahead about how you can strengthen your existing support network, and grow your skills in preparation for this unique path to parenting.

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This training, taught by Angela Tucker, Amara’s Post-Adoption Program Manager, expands on Transracial & Transcultural Parenting – Part 1 and the Partnering for Permanency workshop. It includes facilitated discussions about privilege, implicit bias, and micro-aggressions, and features an adult adoptee panel. Teaching modalities include a mix of lecture, video, open dialogue, and structured activities. The workshop will assist participants in becoming more comfortable talking to others about race and culture, particularly within the framework of transracial adoption and caregiving. This workshop is optional.

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This three-hour workshop explores the complexities of sibling relationships, particularly for children who have been in foster care. Using presentations, exercises, and small group discussions, we explore family expectations, blending challenges, growth and stabilization cycle, and preparation. We consider how foster and adoptive parents can understand their children’s identities as individuals as well as members of their birth and adoptive families. This training is optional.

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LGBT Families HRC LogoThis optional four-hour workshop provides a safe place for LGBT couples and singles to reflect upon the milestones that led to the decision to parent. It offers an opportunity to explore ways in which LGBT families are wonderful and different from other families.

Participants will focus on ways to prepare for the unique challenges that may arise throughout the fostering adoption process and continue into parenthood. This workshop is recommended, but not required, for LGBT couples and singles who are pursuing fostering and adoption through Amara.

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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 will join small discussion groups to exchange experiences on a more personal level. Dinner, beverages, and childcare provided.

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PEPS Network LogoIn response to requests from Amara families, we are partnering with the Program for Early Parent Support or 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 helped parents connect and grow as they begin their journey into parenthood – PEPS parent support programs educate, inform and create community.

Amara is piloting two PEPS Network groups in 2016. If you would like to join or run a group in your neighborhood, please contact [email protected] to learn more.

For Amara Families & Volunteers

Amara volunteers help us meet the needs of our kids and families every day. Amara offers a variety of volunteer opportunities, and all volunteers receive child-focused training and ongoing support – we’re with you every step of the way.

Amara holds regular Volunteer Information Meetings, required for new volunteers. You’ll learn more about our programs, our new Pierce County Emergency Sanctuary, how volunteers make an impact for Amara’s kids and families, and how to become an Amara volunteer.

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Infant, Child, and Adult CPR/AED, First Aid, and Blood Borne Pathogen Training
A hands-on learning course that will provide you with a 2 year certification in Infant, Child, and Adult CPR, First Aid, and Blood borne Pathogens. This course is available to Amara families and volunteers. This training is required for all Amara families and volunteers.

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This course teaches prevention of, and positive intervention in, children’s challenging behavior. You will learn preventative strategies and techniques for de-escalation and communication. The class focuses on working with children in the foster care system, and it will greatly benefit both families and Sanctuary volunteers.

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This training will prepare volunteers with the context to support and care for children who come from a background of trauma. By understanding the perspective of the children, volunteers will be better equipped to offer support in vulnerable situations, will be more aware and sensitive about what is said in front of the children, and will be prepared for the sometimes difficult conversations that can come up during a volunteer’s shift.

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See our calendar for comprehensive listings of events, meetings and workshops.