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,
Updated 11/19/2020 We know these are stressful times for everyone and we are endlessly grateful for people like you who continue to seek out ways to support children in foster care. Amara foster care specialists are working harder than ever to make sure our foster parents and the children for whom they’re caring are supported
We couldn’t be prouder or more honored to have Trey Rabun as part of the Amara family. We are so grateful for Trey’s tireless efforts to make things better for children and families of color in foster care – both at Amara and through his work in the AdoptUSKids Minority Professional Leadership Development (MPLD) program.
The first few days of foster care are a time of great adjustment for everyone involved. There can be big feelings for both foster parents and children and youth. In this episode of The Amara Podcast, we explore what those first few days feel like.
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
Too often in foster care, I’ve seen “saviorism attitudes”, where the focus is on the foster parents and how their actions “saved” the child in their care. But foster care isn’t about saving a child – or even saving a family. It’s about coming alongside another family and doing the messy work of building real relationships.
When children are removed from their homes and placed in foster care, it is traumatic and uncertain. In our newest video, we explore what one child’s experience could be like during those first few days and how Amara seeks to offer support, nurturing, and care to children when they first enter foster care.
Imagine sitting with a child who is asking you, “When will I see my mommy again?” and having to answer, “I don’t know.” It’s important for parents and children to stay connected since the goal of foster care is to safely reunite children with their families.
We all have a role to play in supporting the 5000+ kids in foster care across the Puget Sound region – listen in to learn more about how you can get involved!