WHY NOW?

Today, there are more than 5,000 children and youth in foster care across the Puget Sound area and there are not enough foster homes in Washington State to care for them. This means kids are often moved from home to home or are even sleeping in hotels until a stable placement is identified.

Foster care is tough on everyone involved—kids, birth families, and foster families. When we reduce the stigma, we can improve the day-to-day experience for children and youth in foster care, support parents who are working to reunify with their children, and make it easier for people to step up to become foster parents. By providing more support for children and families experiencing foster care, we improve their outcomes and prevent the cycle from continuing.

Businesses + Non-profit organizations + You

THE INITIATIVE

Fostering Family is a community-wide initiative led by Amara, a not-for-profit that serves children in foster care, and the families who care for them. Our goal is to make people more aware of the foster care experience, and inspire community action to support kids and families

We are working in partnership with non-profit organizations, businesses, and state and local agencies across the Puget Sound region to realize our collective vision.

Our business partners have made a commitment to supporting kids and families by offering goods or services, providing mentorship opportunities, or using their channels to spread the word. Our non-profit partners are offering ways for people to support their work with kids and families through volunteer opportunities or donations.

Every individual can also help support kids and the families who care for and love them by taking the time to listen and understand. Join us in taking action for children, youth, and families in our region.

OUR PARTNERS

BUSINESSES

Our business partners are playing a critical role in supporting kids and families impacted by the foster care system throughout the Puget Sound area. Contact us to find out how your business can make a difference.

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Western Office logo
Woodland Park Zoo logo
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NON-PROFIT PARTNERS

Organizations across the region are doing direct work to help kids, foster families, kinship families, and birth families. You can start fostering family by donating to or volunteering with one of these organizations. Visit the Take Action page to learn more.

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Juma logo
The Wishing Well Foundation logo
Seattle Angels logo
Treehouse logo
Love Recklessly logo
The Mockingbird Society logo
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WATCH: MORE IS MORE WHEN IT COMES TO FAMILY

That is the philosophy embraced by Katie and Jonathan Biron. The Birons are determined to provide their two adopted children—including one who was adopted from foster care—connection with their biological families. Starting small and over time, both birth mothers have remained in their children’s lives, and the Birons have developed a close relationship with their youngest son’s biological family. “Our situation is unique,” Jonathan says. “But it doesn’t have to be.” Watch their story to expand your definition of family.

YOUR BUSINESS CAN BE A LEADER AND ADVOCATE

Join our network of non-profit organizations and businesses stepping up for families impacted by the foster care system. We’ll work with you to develop the right type of partnership for your company.