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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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Amara CEO Transition Announcement: Gratitude and Progress

After fourteen years of tireless work to further Amara’s mission and values, John Morse has announced that he will be departing from his role as Chief Executive Officer on April 17, 2020. During his tenure, which began in 2006, John has been the driving force behind Amara’s amazing growth and success as a nearly 100-year-old

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Updated: COVID-19 Update For Our Amara Community

Note: This post has been updated as of 5/1/2020 Our top priority is the health and well-being of our entire Amara community: you, your children, our staff, and volunteers. Current public health guidance differs based on age and medical conditions. Because we work with a wide variety of children, youth, and adults across a variety

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Amara’s Commitment to Sharing Pronouns

As a committed partner and ally to the LGBTQ+ community, Amara shares our pronouns. Do you know this practice? If you receive an email from someone at Amara, you’ll likely see the pronouns that staff member uses in their signature line. If you attend a meeting with Amara staff, you may hear some folks introduce

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Finding more African American families for children in care

We couldn’t be prouder or more honored to have Trey Rabun as part of the Amara family. We are so grateful for Trey’s tireless efforts to make things better for children and families of color in foster care – both at Amara and through his work in the AdoptUSKids Minority Professional Leadership Development (MPLD) program.

Why Mental Health Is A Foster Care Issue

Why Mental Health is a Foster Care Issue

by Chelsea Talbert As Amara wraps up our incredible months-long community engagement process for our 29-acre property in Pierce County and as we look towards what the next 3-5 years will entail, we want to be sure we remain focused on what’s truly important: ensuring that children, families, and community in Pierce County have the

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How A Child In Foster Care Can Qualify For Social Security Benefits

If you have a child in foster care, he or she may be eligible to receive benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). There are several different ways that a child may qualify, so you need to run down the options and see if he or she may be eligible to receive the monthly benefits.

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