On Monday, April 29, supporters and families gathered at Amara’s luncheon From Hope to Home to celebrate the joy of finding lifelong families and the positive impact for children in foster care who have been abused or neglected.
One constant of the luncheon for the last six years has been the presentation of the Stella Mae Carmichael award. Stella Mae was a mother from Bellingham and hero in the world of fostering. She positively influenced the lives of hundreds of children she fostered in her lifetime. Her eponymous award honors foster and foster‐to‐adopt families in Washington who open their hearts and homes in exceptionally kind and selfless ways to our community’s children in foster care.
This year’s honored family, the Nichols of Kitsap County, was nominated and selected from many compelling entries. Their journey to becoming a family with two sons and two adopted daughters is an inspiring tale spanning several years with many characters involved. (If you missed the luncheon, watch this moving 5-minute video [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GafDSg5Wnno] and catch yourself up on the family’s story.)
Both girls fought for their lives at young ages—one as a premature infant who spent the first months of her life in the hospital before the Nichols adopted her. The other girl, a very determined toddler, emerged from a month-long coma after being abused. Her resulting near blindness and struggles to walk didn’t stop her from thriving in her Amara forever family.
When this inspiring family of six stepped on stage to accept their award, the room of 600 supporters honored them by standing and applauding joyfully. The strong sense of community was palpable.
Read the entire blog post: When Survivors Meet Heroes: http://amaraparenting.org/2013/04/when-survivors-meet-heroes-an-heroic-adoption-story/
Meet the Nichols family in a moving 5-minute video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GafDSg5Wnno
More about Amara: http://amaraparenting.org/