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OPINION: Kinship Care Can Help Transform The Child Welfare System

by Trey Rabun

(This article originally appeared on Amara’s website and has been reprinted under an agreement.)

I’ve had the privilege of working within child welfare for almost 12 years now. My professional journey started in our state agency (now called the Department of Children, Youth and Families — DCYF) supporting children who were “legally free,” meaning children who the state has decided cannot safely return home and are now seeking to find forever families, typically through adoption or guardianship.

As a social work practicum student, I was able to immerse myself in the work of all aspects of child welfare including doing “ride arounds” with Child Protective Services (CPS) investigators and sitting in on intense family decision meetings. Throughout my career, I have always looked for the best ways to support kids and families in foster care, including looking at how best to support Black families caring for kids and youth in our immediate and extended families.

There will always be one family from that time who has stuck with me even after all these years.

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Revolutionary Woman: Angela Tucker

by Marilee Jolin

In honor of Women’s History Month, we will present essays throughout the month by local authors documenting, honoring and celebrating powerful women who inspire us in South Seattle and beyond.

When I started my job at Amara, a not-for-profit foster care agency, I thought I had a pretty solid understanding of systemic racism and how it affected the child welfare system. I knew that children of color were more highly represented in the foster care system, I’d heard disturbing stories of prospective adoptive parents specifying they only wanted “a newborn white infant”, and I understood implicit bias was part of the landscape at every turn. Continue reading Revolutionary Woman: Angela Tucker