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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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Are You Feeling Election Anxiety? You Are Not Alone.

2020 is now synonymous with a global pandemic and an uprising against white supremacy, anti-Black racism, and bigotry across this country. But now, on Election Day, we’re heading into yet another wave of upheaval. We are all feeling the strain of uncertainty, the stress of figuring out how to get through today and trying to
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Creating A Blueprint for Openness in Adoption

Amara recently received a 2-year, $250,000 grant from King County Best Starts for Kids. The award will allow us to test and evaluate our Inclusive Family Support Model (IFSM), the country’s first practice model specifically designed to support adoptive families in creating more open relationships with their children’s biological families. This groundbreaking model was conceptualized by Angela Tucker,
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Dear Foster Parents on Halloween 2020…

We want to thank all foster parents for everything you’re doing for kids in foster care. Some of you are caring for kids right now, some of you are supporting others by offering tutoring or care, some are taking a break after helping kids transition back home, and some of you are determining who to
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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.” Watch Katie and Caitlin’s journey as foster and adoptive parents.
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Why the Census Matters for Adoptees and Their Birth Families

Did you know that Confidential Intermediaries who help adoptees and birth families search and reunite with each other use USA census information? This critical list of demographic and household information is released for use in searches every 10 years and provides needed details on individuals and households that support successful searches. It is imperative that
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Why We’re Pressing Pause: An Emergency Sanctuary Update

Update from 1/13/21: Our Emergency Sanctuaries will remain closed through 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As noted below, there have been enough foster homes available for kids who would typically have stayed at our Emergency Sanctuaries. However, there are still not enough foster homes for all youth who are brought into the child welfare system,
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Celebrating Juneteenth

Juneteenth is the celebration of the day slavery ended in America. It’s a holiday all Americans should celebrate, but many don’t know about. The Emancipation Proclamation was issued into effect on January 1, 1863. However, it was not until 2.5 years later, on June 19, 1865, that news of freedom reached enslaved people in Texas,

A Message of Solidarity

We cannot be silent in the face of continued and constant racism, anti-Black violence and police brutality. The deaths of Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and George Floyd, Jr. at the hands of police officers and of Ahmaud Arbery by two white men are outrageous and devastating. Our individual and collective grief is palpable.   Amara stands in solidarity with the Black community in Western Washington and communities across the country

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