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A message of solidarity

As an open and affirming child welfare-focused organization, we at Amara stand in solidarity with women, girls, and all people who can become pregnant and their fundamental human rights to bodily autonomy and reproductive health care. The World Health Organization defines abortion care as health care. Today’s Supreme Court decision to end the constitutional right

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Speaking of Change in Foster Care and Adoption Series

We’re peeling back the curtain on foster care and adoption! Join us on March 30th from 12:00-1:00pm as we take a deep dive into what our foster care program actually does for kids and families, what makes Amara’s approach unique, and what we’ve learned as we’ve transformed our approach over the past decade.

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WA State Increases Support to Kinship Caregivers

Washington State recently passed SB 5151 which allows for “child specific licensing.” This law will greatly increase the amount of resources and support kinship caregivers receive. By making it easier for relatives and close community members to serve as caregivers, we can support safety and stability for kids.

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What is Openness in Adoption? 

Openness is the spirit in which you enter into your relationship with your child where you strive to be emotionally present as they process their adoptedness. Openness is where adoptive parents strive to be present with their child as they process their adoptedness. We believe that even when physical contact isn’t available your family can still achieve a spirit openness. 

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Dreaming Big in Pierce County – An Update

When Amara wrapped up the first phase of our Community Engagement Process where we directly engaged people with lived experience with the foster care system about how we could best leverage our undeveloped land in Pierce County, we had no idea a global pandemic was just around the corner, about to turn the world on its head.  After a brief pause, we’re ready to start the next phase – and we’ll need you with us. 

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LGBTQIA+ Youth in Foster Care Deserve to Thrive

At Amara, we believe that we have a role in supporting youth in foster care to thrive by supporting relationships and authentic connections that center Black, Brown, Indigenous, and LGBTQIA+ identities.  

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Every Child Deserves a Best Start – Even During a Pandemic

“I wish this program was around when I started fostering!” This is just one sentiment Danielle Hammond, Amara’s Child Screening and Family Support Specialist for Amara hears when she connects with caregivers. Read more about the impactful work Danielle does to support development of youth in foster care.

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Meet the Amara CaRES Kinship & LGBTQIA+ Support Team!

We’ve partnered with Alliance CaRES (a program of the University of Washington’s Alliance For Child Welfare Excellence) to provide support to caregivers across the state of Washington who identify as LGBTQIA+, are caring for a youth who identifies as LGBTQIA+, or are caring for a relative or someone they had a close relationship with before