In the News Archives - Amara
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Washington Will No Longer Pursue Parents of Kids in Foster Care for Child Support

The state of Washington will no longer attempt to collect child support payments from parents whose children have been placed in licensed out-of-home care. The Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families ended this practice as of September 1, 2022. A recent study found that referring parents to child support collection lengthened the time

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New State Settlement Proposed in Class-Action Foster Care Lawsuit

Youth in foster care and foster caregivers in Washington have an opportunity to comment on a proposed settlement agreement in a class-action lawsuit involving certain youth in foster care and Disability Rights Washington (DRW), and the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF). The lawsuit was filed to end multiple one-night foster stays and group

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State Begins Child-Specific Licensing for Kinship Caregivers

The state is taking steps to make it easier for extended family and close family friends to receive monthly foster care payments when they care for children in foster care who cannot live with their parents. This kind of caregiving is called kinship care. It is often preferred for kids in foster care because these

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Amara On TV

Amara was featured May 22 on the Me TV/Washington & Me Community Affairs program that aired on select television channels throughout western Washington. The half-hour program highlighted how Amara has learned and grown over our 101-year history. We started as an adoption agency decades ago and are now leaning into supporting connections and partnerships between

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Preparing to Meet the Needs of Children Coming into Foster Care

As many Amara foster families are aware, referrals for children needing foster care have changed significantly since March 2020. While this appeared to be due to the pandemic, we know now it’s more than that. Our counterparts at the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) have shared that they are making concerted efforts to

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Amara Stands With Trans Youth & Families

Amara stands with our partners at Human Rights Campaign (HRC) who “envision a world where every member of the LGBTQ+ family has the freedom to live their truth without fear” and we stand with the United States Children’s Bureau in their call for equity and inclusion throughout Child and Family Services work. We know that

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Focusing on Amara’s Foster Care Service Area

At Amara we strive to ensure that everyone we work with receives quality professional service delivered with compassion and respect. We believe the hallmarks of quality service are integrity, confidentiality, and cultural sensitivity. We are committed to positive long-term outcomes for children, youth, and families. We promote healing, racial and LGBTQIA+ equity, and re-envisioning our

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Amara Program Manager Named an Unsung Hero

Katie Biron, Family Connections Program Manager at Amara, has just been named a 2022 Unsung Hero by the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families. She was nominated by her colleagues in the child welfare field, a coworker and Amara leadership. As part of Washington’s annual celebration of Unsung Heroes in February, Seattle’s Child

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Amara in Community in Pierce County

Being in community. What does that mean in the midst of the pandemic? At Amara, it means not just supporting people in the communities we serve, it means joining with them to lift everyone up – children, youth, parents, caregivers, those seeking their adoption stories, those coping with difficult histories, and everyone who seeks healing.