Re: “Sanctuary helps kids entering foster care — if it has enough volunteers to stay open.” (TNT, 5/24)
I am the Tacoma Director for Amara, the nonprofit organization that focuses on the well-being of children in Pierce County as they enter, experience, and transition into foster care. I appreciate the wonderful TNT story capturing the need for volunteers to work with children just entering foster care to provide comfort and care, while the state finds a safe place for them.
After the story ran, the amazing Tacoma community stepped up immediately to inquire about volunteering. Now, we have more community members who are aware of the needs of children in foster care in our community and who see firsthand the issues that bring children into care directly through the eyes of a child.
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Entering foster care is a scary time for children and from the moment they are removed. It is our job as a community to care for each child based on their needs. Amara has an ongoing need for volunteers. We look forward to continuing this work with our Tacoma community.
Maureen Sorenson, Tacoma