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Biron Family

Build a Bigger Table

Too often in foster care, I’ve seen “saviorism attitudes”, where the focus is on the foster parents and how their actions “saved” the child in their care. But foster care isn’t about saving a child – or even saving a family. It’s about coming alongside another family and doing the messy work of building real relationships.

Angela Tucker in an office holding her published paper

We’re Published! The Inclusive Family Support Model

We are so proud to see Amara’s Post-Adoption work published in the Journal of Child and Family Social Work! The Inclusive Family Support Model (IFSM) was conceived and authored by our director of Post-Adoption Services, Angela Tucker and Dr. JaeRan Kim of the University of Washington Tacoma.

Two Amara volunteers

Understanding foster care, adoption, and adoptee rights

“I feel saddened by the fact that I likely know more about an adoptee’s birth family and early life than they do. This is because most adoptions throughout the twentieth century were closed… [and] due to sealed record laws in the United States, adoptees are not allowed access to their files,…”

man and woman accepting award

2019 Stella Mae Carmichael Award Recipients: Aaron Edwards & Sarah Reker

Aaron Edwards and Sarah Reker have a long history as foster parents and started working with Amara in 2015. Since then, they have adopted three children from foster care, provided respite care to six children, helped one child reunify with their birth family, and are currently fostering another child. They have experienced the full variety

family eating ice-cream

Instant Family – To See or Not to See?

Instant Family is a new film in theaters now that chronicles one couple’s journey becoming foster parents in the hopes of adopting. The film is based on director Sean Anders’ personal experience adopting three siblings from foster care with his wife. It has received a warm welcome from online reviewers and has been lauded by

Grayson’s Story: A Foster Family and Birth Family Come Together

“Our situation is unique,” says Jonathan Biron, referring to the close relationship he and his family have with their son Grayson’s biological family. “But it doesn’t have to be.” We are so inspired by the relationship the Biron Family has with Grayon’s mom Laura, his Uncle Rob, and other members of his birth family which

woman looking at file

Born and Adopted in the 1950s: What We’re Learning from Project Search & Reunion

by Maureen McCauley Amara’s Post-Adoption program has created an important new initiative: Project Search and Reunion.* Under the leadership of our Director of Post-Adoption, Angela Tucker, we are looking through literally thousands of files to ensure that adoptees and birth parents receive the information and support they wanted, especially in regard to searching for their

Seb And Emmett sitting on a bench

Amara’s STAR Mentorship Program: Seb & Emmett

Amara’s STAR Mentorship program celebrates the adoptee experience by building a community and creating lasting relationships with other adopted people. Listen in as Seb & Emmett talk about their experience in the STAR program.