Speaking of Change in Foster Care and Adoption Series - Amara

Speaking of Change in Foster Care and Adoption Series

We’re peeling back the curtain on foster care and adoption! Amara’s Speaking of Change series of free webinars breaks down common assumptions and misconceptions about foster care and adoption highlighting the voices and stories of people engaged with child and family welfare including families, advocates, and caregivers. We invite our entire community to join us in challenging what we think we know and hear directly from those most impacted. These webinars are an opportunity for anyone to learn more about foster care and its impact on kids and families in our communities and how you can be a part of positive change! Stay tuned for upcoming conversations!

Recent Event

Speaking of Change: Transforming Foster Care

Amara convened an important conversation about the role of foster care and foster caregivers in our collective work to restore and heal families in our communities. We took a deep dive into what our foster care program actually does for kids and families, what makes Amara’s approach unique, and what we’ve learned as we’ve transformed our approach over the past decade. It was a moving conversation about what it takes to center kids and their families and prioritize restoration and healing. 

Our panelists were: 

  • Brenda Bobadilla, Amara Foster Care Specialist
  • Anne-Marie Holloway, Amara Foster Care Specialist
  • Aaron and Megan, Amara Foster Family
  • April Rivera, King County CASA Attorney

Watch the full event here.


Past Events

Speaking of Change: How Can Kinship Care Advance Racial Equity In Child Welfare?

This event was the first of many conversations with community members about kinship care (when a family member steps in, whether formally or informally, to provide short-term care for a child with the hopes of reunification with parents, or to adopt the child) and how supporting kinship caregivers, who are more often Black and Indigenous, is a necessary step toward racial equity within child welfare. Our panelists were:

Watch the full event here


Speaking of Change: What Does Openness In Adoption Mean?

In this first event of the series, we shared a first look at the ​inclusive family support video, an animated short about defining the categories of openness for Post-Adoptive families. We also heard from the creator of this model and former Director of Post-Adoption Services, Angela Tucker; author and adoptive parent Lori Holden, Writer; foster and adoptive parent, Katie Biron; and post-adoption caseworker, Kara Andersen who have worked tirelessly towards helping increase open relationships between adoptees, adoptive families, and birth families. 

Watch the full event here.


Support This Work

We are grateful for the generosity of our donors who make it possible for us to provide innovative programming to support kids and families impacted by foster care and adoption, and to host events like this for our community at no cost. Kids thrive when they have a large network of love and support – and so does Amara! You can offer your support by:

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