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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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$2.5 Million Grant Will Support Kinship Caregivers in King County

SEATTLE – Jan. 13, 2022 – A new $2.5 million five-year federal investment in kinship families will support children and families experiencing out-of-home care in King County. Local nonprofit Amara and its partners, the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) and the University of Washington School of Social Work (UWSSW), are one
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Amara Featured on Five Local Radio Stations

Amara was recently featured on Conversations, a local radio show about innovative nonprofits that airs on five local stations. Our Chief Executive Officer Scarlett Aldebot-Green spoke with Emily Raines, Morning Show Co-Host on 100.7 The Wolf and Conversations, about our work serving children and families impacted by child welfare. Listen in and learn how you can
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Amara’s Adoption Files Initiative In the News

Amara’s efforts to make amends in decades-old adoption cases where requests for information were unfulfilled have been featured in The Imprint and Crosscut news. The Adoption Files Initiative is at last uncovering answers for some adoptees, thanks to our amazing volunteers and the work of our post-adoption team. “The initiative appears to be an unprecedented effort,
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Celebrating Amara’s 100th Anniversary

Six incredible people, who all have meaningful ties to Amara, reflect on our first 100 years of work with kids and families. In this video, we take a very special look back on the last century and look forward at all the promising opportunities we have ahead.
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The Power of Relationships: Sarah, Josh, and Samantha

We believe in the power of relationships. Sarah, Josh, and Samantha show us that amazing things happen when all of the adults - regardless of whether they are foster parents, family members, or parents - are supported to be there for youth.
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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. 
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.