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Stories and News

We believe in the power of stories.

There is nothing we can say that is more powerful than what our families and their kids say in their own words. Watch, read, and listen to their stories and experiences — and stay in the know about the latest happenings at Amara.

A Network of Family: Katie and Caitlin’s Story

“I feel like our lives have been really enriched, but it was always in the purpose of keeping the girls connected to their people. That has felt like we’ve forged really amazing relationships with their birth families and it’s been incredible.”

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Amara's Scarlett Aldebot-Green, CEO, and Christina Pizaña, Capital Projects and Facilities Manager, high-five in excitement outside Amara's Pierce County office

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
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Voices of Foster Care: James & Devon Abejo

Devon and James began their foster care journey with the intention of adopting a baby. But something happened along the way: the couple fell in love with foster care and quickly realized the tremendous impact they could have on children and families as foster parents.
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Welcome Scarlett Aldebot-Green, Amara’s New CEO!

The Board of Directors of Amara is pleased to announce the selection of Scarlett Aldebot-Green as its new Chief Executive Officer. Scarlett comes to Amara with extensive experience in nonprofit and government leadership. Scarlett’s official first day at Amara will be Monday, August 9, 2021. Until then, Jason Gortney will remain as Interim CEO.
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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 June 7th from 4:00-5:00pm for a critical conversation with key community members about how supporting kinship caregivers (typically relatives) is best for children and families experiencing foster care and a necessary step towards racial equity within child welfare.

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