Meet the Amara CaRES Kinship & LGBTQIA+ Support Team! - Amara

Meet the Amara CaRES Kinship & LGBTQIA+ Support Team!

We’ve partnered with Alliance CaRES (a program of the University of Washington’s Alliance For Child Welfare Excellence) to provide support to caregivers across the state of Washington who identify as LGBTQIA+, are caring for a youth who identifies as LGBTQIA+, or are caring for a relative or someone they had a close relationship with before entering foster care. Our incredible team brings years of professional and personal experience in supporting kids and families experiencing the child welfare system. 

Trey Rabun, Associate Director of Kinship and Community Services

Trey RabunTrey is the Associate Director of Kinship and Community Services at Amara. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Hampton Universitya master’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Illinois, and soon after graduating with his Master’s in Social Work from the University of Washington in 2011 Trey begun his career at Amara. Trey has held several positions at Amara over the past 10 years including doing direct service work supporting youth in foster care and their caregivers, foster parent recruitment and outreach, and currently is leading Amara’s efforts to create programming focused on supporting kinship families in the child welfare system. He also manages Amara’s various LGBTQIA+ programs including a partnership with Gays with Kids and is a current member of DCYF’s LGBTQ+ Advisory GroupPersonally, Trey and his husband were foster parents for four years and have a 6-year-old adopted son.  

Brittney Lee, Kinship Retention Support Specialist

BritBrittney Leetney Lee experienced 17 foster homes in the span of 17 years of her childhood. Brittney’s current aspiration is to utilize her growth and knowledge gained from resilience, community involvement and employment opportunities with youth who have experienced foster care. She consistently involves herself in community conversations on child welfare and engages in opportunities where she can increase her understanding on how to best leverage her experience and meet her goals. One of those major goals is to become more educated on the subject of racial disproportionality in the child welfare system. Brittney hopes to work from the inside to come up with simple solutions to counteract racial inequality and institutionalized, structural racism that affects all youth in foster care today. Having grown up living with other children in the system from various backgrounds and at all kinds of emotional, mental and spiritual levels, Brittney has unconditional compassion in her heart to give back to the youth in the communities similar to those in which she grew up in as well as on a national and global level. She  wishes to be a role model and source of support to youth experiencing foster care; to help them navigate all of the ups and downs; to be the someone that Brittney needed when she was younger.

Cristina Tzintzun, Kinship Retention Support Specialist

Cristina TzintzunCristina received her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and a minor in Spanish from Washington State University. Starting her career at Amara in 2018, her work had been focused on the Family Time Visitation program, serving children and helping families maintain their bond and connection with each other via visitation while navigating the child welfare system. Cristina also has experience in case management which broadened her knowledge and skills in working with licensed foster parents and meeting the needs of children placed in their home. She is passionate about finding a path forward for children and families and looks forward to working with Spanish-speaking kinship caregivers and to providing support and resources for all kinship caregivers in Washington state. 

Learn more about programs and resources for kinship caregivers and/or the LGBTQIA+ community: 

  1. Kinship Care: Visit our webpage or email us at KinshipCaRES@amarafamily.org
  2. LGBTQIA+ support: Email us at LGBTQCaRES@amarafamily.org, visit our I am a Foster Parent webpage, or visit our I am a Kinship Caregiver webpage.

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