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Changing the world takes teamwork.

Together, we can make a profound impact on the long term outcomes of children, adults, and families experiencing foster care and adoption. Volunteers are key members in our network of support and ensure we’re able to offer important programs and services. Come alongside Amara as we promote healing, racial equity, and transformation of our child welfare system into a family well-being system. 

The Stories Within Our Files

“Looking at old baby pictures, reading through interviews with , and scanning over the minute details of every unique adoption, it is hard not to feel an intimate connection to the people whose information is contained in the inconspicuous manila folders. Having access to this confidential and very personal information is an immense responsibility.” – The Adoption Files Initiative Intern

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Building a place where we all thrive.

We have a vision to create a just and equitable world where all people grow and thrive. To bring this vision to life, we need creative, passionate people who reflect the diversity of our communities. We actively seek volunteers who have personal experience with foster care and/or adoption as well as individuals from diverse backgrounds – including communities of color, the LGBTQIA+ community, veterans, and people with disabilities. 

Together, we can create a more equitable and inclusive society—starting within our organization. Our staff and volunteers are united on this journey of learning, growing, and taking action to best support individuals and families impacted by foster care and adoption.

Volunteer Opportunities

Amara is immensely grateful for our volunteers who provide critical support to our Adoption Files Initiative, our Family Visitation Program, and who help beautify our spaces in Seattle and Tacoma. Currently, we are not accepting new volunteers. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate next steps.

The Post-Adoption program has embarked on an unprecedented project – we are auditing over 3,700 of our adoption files between the years of 1950-2000 to ensure that adoptees and their birth families have received information they are entitled to but may not have seen. Read more about the project!

  • Commitment: Minimum of 12 hours per month for at least six months. We are able to accommodate most schedule requests.
  • Hours: File Auditors are needed Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30am – 4:00pm
  • Location: Seattle Office
  • Minimum Age: 19
  • Position Description: Click Here to Learn More!

Getting Started: We currently have a pool of volunteers with whom we work. While this volunteer opportunity is on pause, we anticipate we’ll be looking for new volunteers in the near future. If you’d like to be placed on a waiting list when new opportunities arise, please send an email to volunteers@amarafamily.org

Questions?: Email us at volunteers@amarafamily.org or call 206.260.1700.

Keeping kids connected to their families is important for their well-being. Family visits help maintain and strengthen the parent-child relationship, which increases the likelihood that kids will safely return home. Greeter Volunteers make family time visitation possible by helping to open/close our offices, creating a welcoming space for parents, sanitizing visit rooms, and stepping in to support Family Time Visitation Specialists during visits as needed.  

  • Commitment: Minimum of two shifts per month for six months
  • Hours: Greeter Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday in between the hours of 8:00am and 7:30pm. Shifts typically range from 3-4.5 hours.
  • Location: Seattle and Tacoma Offices
  • Minimum Age: 21
  • Position Description: Click Here to Learn More!

Getting Started: We currently have a pool of volunteers with whom we work. While this volunteer opportunity is on pause, we anticipate we’ll be looking for new volunteers in the near future. If you’d like to be placed on a waiting list when new opportunities arise, please send an email to volunteers@amarafamily.org.   

Questions?: Email us at volunteers@amarafamily.org or call/text 206.260.1700.

Amara offers a variety of different internship experiences to help you learn more about nonprofit operations, client services, donor relations, communications, event planning, and more.

To learn more about our internship opportunities and application process, please email intern@amarafamily.org.

“I feel so fortunate to work with such an amazing organization – what they do and what they stand for. I have been impressed by the staff and volunteers I have worked with.  It took me a long time to find the right place for me to volunteer. I am so happy to be able to work with Amara.” – Amara Volunteer

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Are you a current volunteerLog in to your Better Impact account to schedule shifts, view your volunteer hours, and track your volunteer requirements (including trainings). 

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