Family Stories Archives - Amara
Together We Thrive audience at the Museum of Flight

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

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.

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Letting Love Lead Fosters Healing

Amara foster caregivers pour their hearts into helping kids and families heal their prior traumas and from their experiences with the child welfare system. For Jordan*, this meant feeling not just accepted for who they are but also loved.   When they entered foster care as a tween, Jordan had not yet experienced true understanding of

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Celebrating an Inspirational Life

Amara has been lucky over the years to have known and kept in touch with an incredible woman for 100 years.   That’s not a typo.   Lucretia Way was born in 1923 and spent the first couple years of her life at Amara – then known as the Medina Baby Home, an orphanage – before being

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One Journey, Two Paths – Brothers Stay Connected

Sometimes foster caregiving becomes a master class in being calm amidst the storm. The trauma that some kids experience as foster youth can lead to big and challenging behaviors, making it hard sometimes for them to stay in one foster home until they can be reunited with their parents, or adopted if they can’t be.

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Coming Together for Cameron

Liam* and Anela* were unsure if becoming foster caregivers was right for them. “We heard stories that foster care [was] really difficult because you develop a bond with a kiddo and saying goodbye is hard,” said Anela.  Through Amara, they learned that providing foster care meant providing a temporary and loving home for kids until

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Lilianna’s Story

At Amara, our foster caregivers and caseworkers go the extra mile for kids and families involved in the child welfare system. They not only navigate multiple foster journeys, they blaze new paths forward in connection and healing. One of our foster families is on the road to reunification for a child in their care for

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Connection Can Bring Healing

Sometimes difficult childhoods can drive people to become change-makers as adults. For Devon, that has meant fostering nearly two dozen kids with her husband James over the last several years. Together they have cared for infants, young children, school-age kids, tweens and teens. Through it all, they’ve provided support, guidance, and plenty of love. Amara

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Speaking of Change: How Parent and Caregiver Partnerships Can Help Children Thrive

“Relationships are what change people.” Shrounda Selivanoff, a parent and kinship caregiver who also is the Director of Public Policy at the Children’s Home Society of Washington shared this important truth as a panelist at our Speaking of Change conversation on “How Parent and Caregiver Partnerships Can Help Children Thrive.”   Amara’s Speaking of Change

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The Power of Relationships: Sarah, Josh, and Samantha

We believe in the power of relationships. Sarah, Josh, and Samantha show us that amazing things happen when all of the adults – regardless of whether they are foster parents, family members, or parents – are supported to be there for youth.