Strengthening Community Support for Kids and Families
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. We see the potential to ease burdens on families by making critical services available in one location.
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. While we have welcomed everyone’s ideas, we have invited people of color, who are disproportionately impacted by foster care and adoption, to lead the conversation. The recommendation for developing the property was created by a Community Leadership Team, a group of individuals – the majority of whom are people of color – with lived experience of foster care and/or adoption and who lead with equity.