Founded in 1921 and based in Washington State, Amara is a nonprofit organization that supports children in foster care, adoptees, and their families.
Amara is dedicated to doing this work with passion, a commitment to equity for all people, creativity, and compassion.
As an open and affirming foster care organization, Amara is proud to work with—and actively seek--all families inclusive of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, ethnicity, religion, and marital status.
“Amara envisions a just and equitable world where all children, youth, adults and communities can grow and thrive.”
Meet the experts behind Amara! These individuals work tirelessly to give children a better life and assist intended parents in fulfilling their dream. Amara has a longstanding commitment to helping the LGBTQ community and continues to prove their compassion for everybody.
Trey graduated with his Master's in Social Work from the University of Washington in 2011 and soon after begun his career at Amara. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Hampton University and a master’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Illinois. Trey has held several positions at Amara doing direct service, outreach, and now program development and management. Personally, Trey and his husband were foster parents for four years and have a 5-year-old adopted son.
As the Family Outreach Coordinator, Kari Hanson works with families and individuals interested in becoming foster parents. She answers questions, has one-on-one meetings, and leads Amara’s Information Meeting three times a month. Kari has worked in nonprofits in Seattle for the past 20 years and is also an Amara alumni family. She and her husband were foster parents for five years, and the youngest of their two sons was adopted through foster care. When she’s not working you can find Kari crocheting, sewing, or taking her basset hound Baxter, on very, very slow walks.
Nicole is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, who has been working at Amara since 2015. She has held multiple roles including Foster Care Specialist, Supervisor, and Director of Foster Care Services. In her current role, she leads a team of specialists who support families throughout the foster care experience, including licensing, caregiving support, and family visitation.
Angela Tucker is an internationally recognized speaker on issues of race, identity and inclusion. She was adopted from foster care and adopted by white parents. At the age of 26, she found her biological parents, which she shared publicly in CLOSURE, an intimate documentary that was available on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime. She is leading innovative projects as the Director of Post-Adoption Services at Amara while mentoring transracially adopted youth through The Adopted Life, a company she founded in 2017.
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