Amara was recently honored to contribute to a podcast with the Family for Every Child alliance. This international network of organizations works to improve the lives of children and families across the globe. It provides direct support to families in many countries and coordinates research and campaigns to make sustainable change. Amara was invited to become part of the alliance last year and is one of only two organizations in the United States selected to join. There are 46 other organizations participating in 38 countries.
Nicole Mazen, Amara’s Chief Program & Policy Officer, shares in the podcast about Amara’s journey to earn the Human Rights Campaign, All Children – All Families official seals several years in a row for innovation and welcoming all families, including families in our beloved LGBTIA+ community. She not only shares about the “what” and the “how” of our journey to become a truly open and affirming nonprofit organization, but also all the “whys” behind it.
“It was really lovely to have a conversation with Amanda Grifith, Executive Director of Family for Every Child, and to get to talk through and think through Amara’s history and evolution,” Nicole said.
The Family for Every Child alliance recognizes the need to globally address LGBTQIA+ issues. The member organizations are leveraging internal expertise to start a broad discussion on how to center the needs of LGBTQIA+ youth. At Amara, centering the needs of all children and youth, especially those in the most negatively impacted populations served by the child welfare system – BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ families, is a core part of who we are.
“We want to ensure that [our LGBTQIA+ community] not only feels welcomed but celebrated. That they feel part of our community from the moment they walk through our door. For many folks in the LGBTQIA+ community, general society spaces don’t feel welcoming. They can often feel othered. And so, creating a space that feels welcoming is super-important…We are an LGBTQIA+ organization. We lead through who we are.”