Amara has joined Alliance CaRES as a partner to lead the work providing support to formal kinship caregivers across Washington. The Amara CaRES Kinship program, will be the primary CaRES contact for kinship caregivers.
• Basic support services: Information about resources in the community around housing, childcare, mental health, and other related issues. Helping families find and apply for financial resources like non-needy TANF and concrete goods.
• Assistance with the licensing process: Help for kinship caregivers to complete the foster license application, choosing an agency or licensing through DCYF, and help signing up for Caregiver Core Training (CCT) which is required for all families who want to become a licensed home.
• Connection with Amara CaRES: Virtual drop-in discussion group for kinship caregivers! A time to answer questions with a focus on licensing supports on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month. No Registration Required.
Join us every Wednesday from 3:00 – 4:00 pm: Click here to join the Zoom session.
Contact KinshipCaRES@amarafamily.org for more information about services.
Through this partnership Amara will also offer tailored, one-on-one support for LGBTQIA+ caregivers across the state when facing unique challenges or barriers related to their SOGIE (Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity and Expression) or for any caregivers having challenges related to caring for a LGBTQIA+ youth in their home.
• Supporting LGBTQIA+ Youth in Foster Care: Understanding your child’s identity is critical to providing them the care and support they need to navigate the development years. Children with an LGBTQIA+ identity may need additional support as they navigate extra social and cultural factors. In this supportive facilitated discussion group, you will have an opportunity to talk through LGBTQIA+ terminology and identify concrete tools you can use to support a child’s LGBTQIA+ identity.
During the two facilitated discussion sessions, you can ask questions about support resources, share ways you have supported a child in your care, and hear how other caregivers have navigated situations related to a child’s LGBTQIA+ identity. Registration is open now!
• Navigating Fostering as a LGBTQIA+ Caregiver: As an LGBTQIA+ caregiver have you felt that your Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) impacts your fostering journey?
In this supportive facilitated discussion group, you will get a chance to talk with other LGBTQIA+ kinship and foster caregivers about their experiences and share your own. As a group, you will talk about useful tools and techniques for navigating common issues faced by LGBTIA+ caregivers and use these to develop strategies specifically for your family.
This single session facilitated discussion is specifically for kinship and foster caregivers who identify as LGBTQIA+ caring for children with any SOGIE. Registration is open now!
Contact LGBTQCaRES@amarafamily.org for assistance.
Kinship Caregivers – Alliance CaRES Resources
As a kinship caregiver, you have joined the community in a unique way. Your circumstance means you are dealing with special dynamics, and navigating through the system in a specific way. You’re looking for family-focused resources, and we’re here to help.
Kinship Care Can Help Transform The Child Welfare System
Trey Rabun, Amara’s Associate Director of Kinship and Community Services, writes about his professional and personal journey which led him to centering kinship care. He asks the question, “Why weren’t we truly prioritizing these families as placement options and then supporting them at the same level as foster parents?” Read more about why supporting kinship caregivers can transform the child welfare system and how Amara is shifting to meet this need.
They’re raising grandkids with little help, and during a pandemic. Can’t we lend them a hand?
Seattle Times columnist Marcus Harrison Green shines light on the many formal and informal kinship caregivers across Washington state in need of support.