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Emergency Sanctuary

Program Temporarily Closed Through 2021

Our Emergency Sanctuaries in Tacoma and Seattle are closed through 2021, in order to protect the health and safety of staff, volunteers, and children; and because the impact of Covid-19 initially led to a reduced number of children entering foster care who needed emergency services. To help close any potential gap in care, our foster care program supports young children first entering foster care who would stay at one of our Sanctuaries during more typical times.

A New Year: Changes and Updates at Amara

Throughout the US, the pandemic has impacted the ability of nonprofit organizations like Amara to operate as planned. No matter who you are, we have all worked hard to mitigate the public health and economic impacts on our work and in our lives. At Amara, this has meant nothing less than working with our community, all of you, to continue to work toward wellbeing for children and families, while prioritizing the health and safety of our staff and volunteers as well.

Safety and Comfort in the Midst of Crisis

Since 2014, our Emergency Sanctuary program has cared for children first entering foster care, in two home-like settings, staffed with trauma-informed childcare specialists and volunteers, 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. When kids are suddenly removed from their homes by law enforcement or Child Protective Services, there is often no place for them to go. They may wait in police stations, or alone in waiting rooms, as social workers search for a safe home for them during this crisis. 
The kids are scared. They don’t know what is happening or why. Siblings are often separated, or a child may end up moving to several different homes within just a few days. Amara’s Emergency Sanctuary program has provided an alternative for young children first entering foster care. Our Foster Care program will continue to find homes for children to ensure they are cared for quickly and compassionately.

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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 LGBTQ+ community, veterans, and people with disabilities.

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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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