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
When you give to Amara, you surround children in foster care and their families with a constellation of love and support during some of the most difficult times of their lives. When there is hardship, parents and caregivers can step up for one another. Amara is there for all of them—children, parents, and caregivers —
We are so grateful to everyone who participated in our Through the Foster Lens photo exhibit and fundraiser. Together we raised both crucial funding for our programs and awareness of the lived experiences of those who have been impacted by the child welfare system. Each evening provided opportunities for us to connect on a personal
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.
Amara received a generous multi-year grant totaling $2 million from the Ballmer Group earlier this year. This grant is supporting Amara’s mission to help children and families most impacted by Washington’s child welfare system. Together, Amara and the Ballmer Group intend to help transform the child welfare system in ways that reduce systemic injustice and
Local barber and Amara partner Tommy Andrade, and his partner Jeff Chou, have been reaching out to service providers to build a network of supporters who provide free and discounted services to kids in foster and kinship care. Friends of Southpaw invites other service providers to join them in making it a little easier for
Amara launched our new youth development program, STAR Youth (Supported, Thriving, Authentic & Resilient) this summer and we are excited to share our experiences and our gratitude to everyone who made our summer camps possible. For five weeks in July and August, our Youth Development Team led week-long day camps for kids and teens ages
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
Amara is relieved the Supreme Court today affirmed tribal sovereignty by upholding the Indian Child Welfare Act. ICWA is a necessary protection for Native American children, families, and culture. Native families endured decades of forced family separation that sent Indian children to harsh, abusive “boarding schools” where any expression of their tribal culture was forbidden.