Together We Thrive Raises Over $420,000 to Help Families Soar - Amara

Together We Thrive Raises Over $420,000 to Help Families Soar

Together We Thrive audience at the Museum of Flight

All of us at Amara are filled with gratitude for the amazing turnout and show of support at our Together We Thrive event. It was a truly magical evening at the Museum of Flight, featuring inspiring stories from our work and the extraordinary David Ambroz, who encouraged us all to keep moving forward with hope. Thank you to everyone who joined us to help families soar. 

We are thrilled to announce that over $420,000 was raised and expressed through this event, thanks to our generous community! This support funds our work to help keep families out of the child welfare system, ease the trauma of the system for those families who are involved, ensure healthy development and connections to family after system involvement, and to improve the child welfare system as a whole. We are deeply grateful for the support and for the confidence our supporters have in our ability to do this work and to lead others in systems change. 

In an evening full of inspiration, our community got to hear from program staff, people with lived experience in child welfare, leadership, and a Board member. One inspiring story gave our community a closer look at Why Kinship Care is such an important priority in ensuring the well-being of children and families in foster care. This video features Amara Board member, James Johnson, and members of our Kinship staff. We’re excited to be able to share this video with our entire community now and we hope you’ll watch it here.

The remarkable David Ambroz was our Keynote speaker. David is a national poverty and child welfare expert and advocate and is the author of the book “A Place Called Home.” He was recognized by President Obama as an American Champion of Change. He has served as president of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission as well as a California Child Welfare Councilmember. After growing up homeless and then in foster care, David graduated from Vassar College and later from UCLA School of Law. He is a foster dad and lives in Los Angeles. His remarks left the entire room both in tears and filled with hope.  

Throughout our time together and in all the powerful stories that were shared, it was clear that family, friends, and community are essential to ensuring the wellbeing of kids and families experiencing foster care. It was also clear that we, as a society and system, must do better. We are thankful that our wonderful community showed that you are with us in our commitment to make it better. For kids. For families.  

As our very own Julie Hoffman, Pierce County Early Childhood Court Program Coordinator, shared in starting off our TWT program: “By working with families in the ways they deserve – with dignity and respect – we CAN transform the system into one of support.” 

David Ambroz at Together We Thrive

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