Initiatives Overview - Amara

Initiatives Overview

Status quo? Not at Amara.

We work every day to improve the experiences of children in foster care, adoptees, and their families. Our initiatives center the voices and experiences of people directly impacted by child welfare and adoption as we work together to boldly pursue new solutions to long-standing and systemic challenges. Meaningful change doesn’t happen without learning and we hold ourselves accountable to our community every step of the way. Our generous supporters make it possible for us to push the boundaries of what is possible as we lead the way in strengthening families and ending the cycle of family separation. Will you join us? 

Working with our Community to Transform Child Welfare

Maureen Sorenson, member of Amara’s Pierce County Advisory Council and Amara’s former Chief Community Engagement Officer, shares Amara’s vision of bringing the community together to provide support to families and reduce the number of children entering foster care.

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Reimagining Child Welfare in Pierce County

In 2018, Amara purchased 29 acres in Pierce County seeing it as a key moment to build something for –and with – children and families who are at risk of experiencing foster care, not just once they’re a part of the child welfare system but to support their wellbeing and prevent separation. It takes a community for children and families to thrive – and the community has come together, through an extensive community engagement effort, to help envision and build this opportunity for Pierce County.

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Fostering Family

Fostering Family is a community-wide initiative led by Amara, in partnership with businesses and non-profit organizations across the Puget Sound region, to raise awareness of children in foster care and inspire community action to support kids and families. We all have a role. Find yours.

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Parent Allies

The Washington State Parent Ally Committee (WSPAC) is a group of parent allies who have successfully gone through the child welfare system and work together make things better for families. WSPAC advocates for keeping families together, reuniting children and their parents after entering the foster care system. 

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Our Approach

Since 1921, Amara has been dedicated to meeting the needs of children and families in our community who have been impacted by foster care or adoption with a focus on those who are most impacted including Black and Indigenous children and families, low-income and LGBTQ+ communities.

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Get Involved

Our work would not be possible without our network of supporters who generously give their time, talent, and treasure. There are many ways you can make an impact and support kids in foster care, adoptees, and their families. Find the way that’s best for you!

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