I knew a little about the foster care system before coming to work at Amara. I understand how a child feels when they are taken away from the only home they’ve known, wondering if they’ll ever see their parents, siblings, and relatives again, only then to be overwhelmed by social workers and court dates. What I didn’t know was how much social workers actually care and how dedicated they are in this line of work. Every social worker I met as a child during awkward home visits and family visitations seemed like a stranger. However, chatting with Amara case workers about their careers made me see their profession in a different light. Looking back, I realize now I had so much anger towards and confusion about “the system” that I failed to see that my social workers were really trying to help--not only me and my sisters, but also my parents. I have been amazed at the dedication, empathy, and care the clinical team at Amara has shown for the families and children they serve.