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Are You Amara’s Next CEO?

That’s right! We are looking for our next leader. Could it be you? Amara is celebrating 100 years of commitment to children and families in our community and we need someone to carry us into the future. 

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It’s (Amara’s) Award Season!

Each year, Amara honors people who make a positive impact on the foster care system, with two special awards. We are thrilled to share our 2020 recipients!

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Calling for Accountability in Confronting Racism

The final days of 2020 brought a significant news story highlighting claims of ongoing racism at Seattle Children’s Hospital and the final straw for one of the Pacific Northwest’s most respected, loved, and dedicated leaders who worked there. But, of course, Seattle Children’s Hospital is one of many white-led institutions (including Amara) that must take accountability for

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Are You Feeling Election Anxiety? You Are Not Alone.

2020 is now synonymous with a global pandemic and an uprising against white supremacy, anti-Black racism, and bigotry across this country. But now, on Election Day, we’re heading into yet another wave of upheaval. We are all feeling the strain of uncertainty, the stress of figuring out how to get through today and trying to

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Celebrating Juneteenth

Juneteenth is the celebration of the day slavery ended in America. It’s a holiday all Americans should celebrate, but many don’t know about. The Emancipation Proclamation was issued into effect on January 1, 1863. However, it was not until 2.5 years later, on June 19, 1865, that news of freedom reached enslaved people in Texas,

A Message of Solidarity

We cannot be silent in the face of continued and constant racism, anti-Black violence and police brutality. The deaths of Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and George Floyd, Jr. at the hands of police officers and of Ahmaud Arbery by two white men are outrageous and devastating. Our individual and collective grief is palpable.   Amara stands in solidarity with the Black community in Western Washington and communities across the country

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What Do You Need to Thrive? And Other Questions We Should Be Asking Families

We are heading toward the end of National Child Abuse Awareness month but, of course, raising awareness about how we prevent child abuse from happening is always important. The pandemic and the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” rules that have governed our lives over the last weeks and months are making it more difficult for children and families who are already living on

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Q&A with Amara’s Interim CEO Jason Gortney

Please help us welcome Jason Gortney to the Amara community as our Interim Chief Executive Officer! Jason came to Amara earlier in 2020 as our Chief Program Officer, a role he will maintain as well. We said good-bye to our former long-time CEO, John Morse, on April 17th however, gratefully, John continues on as an

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