About the STAR Program 2018-08-14T12:15:15+00:00

“I wanted a place where I could have fun with other adoptees, but not have to talk about adoption all the time…” -Davon, 12

The STAR (Strong, Tough and Resilient) program is a celebration of the adoptee experience. We know that being with others of a shared identity is powerful! Through group mentorship, participants have an opportunity to form a healthy adoptee identity. Through monthly STAR activities, youth adoptees find support, guidance, and friendship of others. Amara STAR is part of the Amara Post-Adoption Program

Adult Adoptees – become a mentor

Are you an adoptee? Do you want to support adopted youth? Do you live in the Seattle/Tacoma area? Are you are over 21 years old? Will you make a one-year commitment to the program? If so, please apply!

Adopted Youth – become a STAR

Are you an adoptee?  Would you like to meet other adoptees? Are you at least 11 years old? Do you enjoy activities like sports, arts & crafts, cooking, going to a movie, participating in a flash mob, attending a concert or volunteering? If so, join us!

For Parents – your involvement

Adoptive parents of youth will be offered concurrent programming during mentorship outings. Amara’s Family Support Specialist will facilitate adoption-specific discussions and encourage parents to build their own strong community during regularly scheduled outings.


Frequently Asked Questions

We desire to build programming that will not cost families any money out of pocket. If there is a cost for an official activity this will be made known prior to the outing. Participants are encouraged to connect outside of official STAR outings if they desire, and any related costs are the responsibility of the participants.

Yes, food will be offered at all outings. Please share any necessary accommodations, including dietary restrictions.

Families will be asked to drop off and pick up at the location of each outing. Mentors will not drive mentees.

No. Only those mentors and youth who have been approved after completing the application process will be granted access. Parental involvement is up to your discretion.

Ready to join us?

The application deadline for the 2019 season is OCTOBER 15th.

Become a STAR (ages 11-20)
Become a Mentor (21+)