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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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Take Action: Speak Out Against Discrimination

As a member of the Amara family, you know our mission is to prioritize the wellbeing of children in foster care and adoptees; and support the families who love them. And who are the “families who love them”? Foster families, birth/first families, and adoptive families; as well as kinship caregivers.  All people need and deserve

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Voices from Foster Care: Lisa Blackmore

“No Such Thing as Too Loved…” In honor of Foster Care Awareness Month and Mother’s Day, we are sharing the stories of seven amazing parents through foster care. These parents inspire and challenge us! We are so grateful for their dedication and love. Lisa Blackmore has been passionate about foster care since she was a

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Voices from Foster Care: Katie Biron

“Walk Alongside Them…” In honor of Foster Care Awareness Month and Mother’s Day, we are sharing the stories of seven amazing parents through foster care. These parents inspire and challenge us! We are so grateful for their dedication and love. Katie Biron is a mom many times over. She is the adopted mom of two

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How Adoptees Are Shaping Post-Adoption Services

by Angela Tucker In early April, I journeyed to Amherst, Massachusetts to present at the UMASS Rudd Adoption Research Program Conference. The conference is an annual gathering of academics from all over the United States where the biggest names in research, including Ruth McRoy and Ellen Pinderhughes, were on hand to represent their work on family preservation, openness in adoptions

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Let’s Talk About the Term “Foster-to-Adopt”

The term “foster-to-adopt” is a very common phrase. It refers to the process that many families go through before adopting children for whom they were first foster parents. At Amara we try to avoid the term “foster-to-adopt”, instead using “fostering and adoption”. And while this may seem like just semantics, it is much more important

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