A Message from Leadership: Gratitude and Transition - Amara

A Message from Leadership: Gratitude and Transition

It is with sadness and gratitude that the Amara Board of Directors announces the departure of our Chief Executive Officer, Scarlett Aldebot-Green, effective May 7, 2024. Scarlett will return to the East Coast to be near her extended family and has recently accepted a role as the Policy Advocacy Director of the ACLU-DC.

Scarlett has played a pivotal role in well-positioning Amara for a sustainable and bright future. Just last week, Amara celebrated an incredibly successful annual event, Together We Thrive at the Museum of Flight. Our Amara community showed up in full force, with over 300 attendees and a total of $420,000 raised and expressed gifts to help keep families connected and healing.

Today, Amara is a fundamentally transformed organization, advocating for and supporting family preservation and connection and providing exceptional support to families caring for children in foster care. Scarlett’s service encompassed many significant accomplishments, including:

  • Growing the number of people we serve by over 266% since 2020. This is a testament to the dedication and hard work of Amara’s staff to meet the evolving needs of our community.
  • Adding prevention programming that includes youth development, family support programs, and our Pierce County Family Resource Center. These programs further expand our reach and deepen our impact across diverse demographics.
  • Establishing comprehensive impact measures that provide clear optics on our progress and the meaningful difference we’re able to make in the lives of those we serve.
  • Supporting myriad system change initiatives to ensure licensed caregivers, both foster and kinship, receive the support they need to maximize stability for children placed in out-of-home care.

Child welfare is a complex system in need of significant change. There are no easy answers. Scarlett’s steadfastness, intellect, and humor have been welcome additions in this difficult work. She has an exceptional ability to unite people under a shared vision, regardless, or maybe even because of, their different perspectives and backgrounds.

We thank Scarlett for her leadership of an incredibly skilled team, her support of our diverse and active board, and her strong relationships with our community.

Continuity and Transition

Amara’s Board of Directors is committed to ensuring a smooth transition. We aim to implement a successful, expeditious process to hire our new CEO. Scarlett is committed to supporting a thoughtful transition, and Amara’s senior leadership team is well-positioned to continue all critical work. Amara’s Board will remain active and engaged with the Amara leadership team to address and support any arising needs.

What’s Next

Amara’s search for a permanent Chief Executive Officer begins this week.  We will conduct an inclusive recruitment and hiring process and are confident that we will find Amara’s next great leader soon.  

We thank Scarlett for all she has brought to Amara and the kids and families we support.

Note from Scarlett

I want to express my sincere appreciation for the opportunity to lead this remarkable, innovative, brave organization over the past almost-three years. I’d like to extend my deep gratitude to everyone that has been so supportive of Amara and of me. Amara’s staff, board, partners, and funders have been instrumental in shaping our work and building a strong foundation. 

As I depart, I am filled with excitement about the future of Amara. We have such groundbreaking work ahead. We will be one of several organizations leading new statewide work supporting state-licensed kinship caregivers as we’ve long supported Amara foster caregivers. We are on the brink of launching a behavioral health program, which will provide therapeutic interventions and wrap-around services by skilled and child welfare system-competent staff to kids most in need. And we will be growing our family support services work because we know that preventing the trauma of child welfare system involvement is absolutely critical.

As I look forward to being closer to my family and doing work to support our civil liberties, I will watch with much anticipation as our Amara family continues to dream of and create a world where child welfare is synonymous with family wellbeing.

In partnership,

Scarlett Aldebot-Green

Chief Executive Officer, Amara

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