Keeping kids connected to their families is important for their well-being. Family visits help maintain and strengthen the parent-child relationship, which increases the likelihood that kids will safely return home. Greeter Volunteers make family time visitation possible by helping to open/close our offices, creating a welcoming space for parents, sanitizing visit rooms, and stepping in to support Family Time Visitation Specialists during visits as needed.
Reflections from a volunteer: When I arrived at my first shift, I was anticipating a slow afternoon. About a half hour before the second family visit group was to arrive, the social worker for the case came in and informed me there was to be a small birthday celebration during the family visit. She quickly solicited my help, and I spent my first shift blowing up pink and blue balloons for the siblings’ birthday party. The simple task of blowing up as many balloons as I could, knowing this was a meaningful time for the birth parent to connect with the children and celebrate their birthdays, was very rewarding. The foster parents were present as well and seeing the group gather out of love and care for these children was very impactful.
All volunteers must be at least 21 years of age and commit to 2 shifts per month for 6 months. Each shift varies but most are approximately 3 hours and take place Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:30-7:00 pm.
This opportunity is an in-person volunteer role. All volunteers are expected to strictly follow COVID-19 safety protocol including wearing masks, social distancing, sanitization and being vigilant about symptoms and exposure.
5907 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR WAY S, SEATTLE, WA 98118, US
Amara is committed to positive long-term outcomes for children and families. We drive systemic change, promote healing, and advance racial equity by offering programs and services to families engaged with foster care and to adoptees and families, post-adoption.
Since 1921, Amara has been dedicated to meeting the needs of children and families in our community who have been impacted by foster care or adoption with a focus on those who are most impacted including Black and Indigenous children and families, low-income and LGBTQ+ communities. As a nonprofit 501(c)3, we partner with people and communities most impacted by our child welfare system, to address trauma, build connections, and ultimately ensure all children, adults and families feel safe and supported, with a commitment to equity every step of the way.
Amara's Foster Care Services program works with individuals and couples open to accepting the unknowns of foster care, supportive of reunification and able to provide a safe and affirming home for children in their care.
Amara’s Post-Adoption program is dedicated to supporting adoptees, birth families and adoptive families in order to promote stability and fulfilling family relationships.
Through a series of initiatives, Amara works with our community to transform our child welfare system into one that prioritizes family wellbeing.
Children & Youth
We'll work with your schedule.
5907 Martin Luther King Jr Way SSeattle, WA98118
June 10, 2021
Must be at least 21
Orientation or Training
2 shifts per month for 6 months. Each shift varies but most are approximately 3 hours and take place Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:30-7:00 pm.