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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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At Amara, It’s All About Love – Love for Kids, Families & Community

When you give to Amara, you surround children in foster care and their families with a constellation of love and support during some of the most difficult times of their lives. When there is hardship, parents and caregivers can step up for one another. Amara is there for all of them—children, parents, and caregivers —
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Through the Foster Lens Inspires Us All

We are so grateful to everyone who participated in our Through the Foster Lens photo exhibit and fundraiser. Together we raised both crucial funding for our programs and awareness of the lived experiences of those who have been impacted by the child welfare system. Each evening provided opportunities for us to connect on a personal
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Celebrating an Inspirational Life

Amara has been lucky over the years to have known and kept in touch with an incredible woman for 100 years.   That’s not a typo.   Lucretia Way was born in 1923 and spent the first couple years of her life at Amara – then known as the Medina Baby Home, an orphanage – before being
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One Journey, Two Paths – Brothers Stay Connected

Sometimes foster caregiving becomes a master class in being calm amidst the storm. The trauma that some kids experience as foster youth can lead to big and challenging behaviors, making it hard sometimes for them to stay in one foster home until they can be reunited with their parents, or adopted if they can’t be.
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Amara Celebrates a Generous Grant from the Ballmer Group

Amara received a generous multi-year grant totaling $2 million from the Ballmer Group earlier this year. This grant is supporting Amara’s mission to help children and families most impacted by Washington’s child welfare system. Together, Amara and the Ballmer Group intend to help transform the child welfare system in ways that reduce systemic injustice and
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Amara Partner Works to Expand Free & Discounted Services for Kids in Foster/Kinship Care

Local barber and Amara partner Tommy Andrade, and his partner Jeff Chou, have been reaching out to service providers to build a network of supporters who provide free and discounted services to kids in foster and kinship care. Friends of Southpaw invites other service providers to join them in making it a little easier for
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Amara STAR Youth’s Summer of Care and Connection

Amara launched our new youth development program, STAR Youth (Supported, Thriving, Authentic & Resilient) this summer and we are excited to share our experiences and our gratitude to everyone who made our summer camps possible. For five weeks in July and August, our Youth Development Team led week-long day camps for kids and teens ages
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Kin Connections Can Provide a New Circle of Support

Sometimes even simple things, like finding baby essentials, can become overwhelming and complicated for a parent or caregiver. Suppose you need diapers for a rambunctious toddler, but you have no transportation, no local family or friends who can pick some up, and the diaper bank you turn to for help only carries brands that the
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Coming Together for Cameron

Liam* and Anela* were unsure if becoming foster caregivers was right for them. “We heard stories that foster care [was] really difficult because you develop a bond with a kiddo and saying goodbye is hard,” said Anela.  Through Amara, they learned that providing foster care meant providing a temporary and loving home for kids until