In our community, children unfortunately end up in foster care when their parents are not able to care for them.
We rely on foster families to provide the love, support, and a stable home they need until they can safely return home or when they are adopted.
There is a critical need for Black families to become foster parents. In our State, around 9,000 children are in foster care. Of these children, 16% are Black but only 6.5% of foster families are Black. Research shows that kids do better when they maintain their cultural identity.
Anyone can be a foster parent – you just need an open heart and mind. You can:
- Be single or married, or have a partner
- Rent, live in an apartment/condo, or own your home
- Have an income that is at or above the rate set to qualify for state benefits. For a family of two, this is $20,472.
Have questions? Join Amara, NAAM, and others in the community in a conversation about how we can address the needs of Black children in foster care. The event is on Saturday, May 6th, from 10am-noon at NAAM.
Or if you have space in your home and life for a child in foster care, please contact Amara for more information (206-260-1700, email@example.com )