Local Projects

SalaamGarage “Long Road Home” exhibits at the 220&Change building in Seattle: 7/3~ 9/1

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“SalaamGarage: Long Road Home” will exhibit at the 220&Change building in Seattle: 6/20~ 9/1

Seattle AWC Chapter: Multi-Media Exhibition Kickstarter Campaign!

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“Our goal is for individuals who have aged out to experience these stories and see that they are not alone, and to inspire communities to engage in social documentary projects in their own back yard.”

WA paves the way: EHB 2335 (Extended Foster Care)!!

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A new law passed by the Washington Legislature is designed to prevent this. Under the law, foster kids who are in school or training programs can continue to receive housing support, case work and legal support until they’re 21 through the state’s extended foster care system.


WOW! We continue to be blessed by more gifts to help us pull off this important exhibition! We currently have 40 backers who have pledged a total of $3306 out of the $5500 we hope to raise. That means we are already 60% of the way toward our goal! OUR AWESOME KICKSTARTER!: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1028988202/the-long-road-home-aging-out-of-foster-care Even though we are […]

WOW! YOU ROCK! Thank you for a swift 50%!

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THANK YOU SO MUCH! We launched a Kickstarter for our exhibition “A Long Road Home: Aging out of Foster Care,” May-June 2014 in Seattle.

Summer Homes

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Written & Edited by: Kacie Grice & Christian Downes Photography by: Della Chen — For Summer Prescott, the definition of home is not one most of us would recognize. Without the familial compassion many of us take for granted, Summer attempted to find home–initially, within the framework of abandoned houses, with relatives, within the arms […]

PhotoServe Chats with SalaamGarage Founder Amanda Koster

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PhotoServe.com talks with Amanda Koster, internationally acclaimed photographer and founder of the digital-storytelling, citizen-journalism organization for social change, SalaamGarage.

Samuel Martin: An Advocate Come of Age


Written by: Victoria Garcia Edited by: Christian Downes Interviews by: Henk Dawson & John Harrison Samuel Martin is a young man with a gracious manner, a warm smile, and a sly sense of humor. A recent graduate of the University of Washington, Samuel grew up in the Seattle foster care system. During his childhood, love, […]

Pages and Pages: Jessica’s Unfolding Story

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Story by: Jessica Garcia and Natalie St.Martin Edited by: Natalie St.Martin, Susan Anstine, and Stephanie Hansen Photos by: Natalie St.Martin and Amanda Koster Hello, I am Jessica, 23 years old. I’m the oldest of 9 kids. I entered foster care at age 5, with 2 brothers 2 and 3 years younger than me. I can’t […]

Brendan: Changing the Patterns


Photos by Henk Dawson Story by Oliver Sharp “They moved me from one foster house to another every few weeks.  When I was eight, I was placed in what was supposed to be my permanent family.  It was right after that when my mother died of a heroin overdose.” Brendan is an outgoing college senior […]

Brook Burlando: This is My Home


By age 15 I had stumbled onto a genius trick. All I needed to say was that I wanted to kill myself and I’d be placed into a hospital. When I was a psych patient, I wasn’t a foster kid.

Tree Re-growing: One Young Man’s Story Through Foster Care and Beyond

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Story and Photographs by Kristie McLean The following is the story of Dennis Allan McCardle, 29, who shares about his experiences in the foster care system and his life beyond. The tone of the fragments is choppy in the way that Dennis’s memories and formative years were choppy. Some of Dennis’s early recollections are included […]

What’s in that box?


Ralph has a deep voice, a huge smile, and a gentle spirit. He is a kind and gracious man who commands your attention. Ralph wanted love and acceptance throughout his childhood. Nobody ever wanted Ralph.

Ralph’s story begins at age two when a social worker took him and his brother Sam away from their parents. They stayed in the homes of various friends and temporary families until he was four. His father came to visit them. His dad loved him. He still doesn’t understand why he could not go back to live with his parents, or why his Mom lost him and his brother to the court system.

Pieces: A story of Aging Out of Foster Care


Candace says her life has been like an earthquake. Picture everything shaking until great cracks appear and then widen into impassable chasms. Broken apart. This year is different, however. She says that right now, things are starting to be put back together.

Book On SALE Now!

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Everybody Needs Someone, The Aging out of Foster Care Project Book is nearly sold out.  Order your copy today and help us afford a second run! You can order our book through paypal by selecting the Buy Now button below. The book is 94 pages, 9″x12″. Funds raised through the sale of the book will […]

Brittny Updates & House Hunting


A few weeks ago we asked you to help us raise money for Brittny Boden, a 24 year old we profiled in our Aging out of Foster Care project. Brittny was in danger of becoming homeless when the rent on her subsidized apartment went up past market value. You came through for her, pitching in […]

Action: Brittny needs your help


Christmas is a time when most people think of getting together with family at home. But this Christmas Brittny Boden, a 24 year old we profiled in our Aging out of Foster Care project, is facing eviction from her low-income housing complex, and has neither family nor friends to turn to right now to help her.
Our goal is to raise $1734 by December 12th, 2012 (we’ve raised $655 so far, $1079 to go!)

Amanda Koster: TEDX San Luis Obispo

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Amanda Koster, founder of SalaamGarage gets personal while sharing her experiences as a kid, ending up in ‘respite’ care, how SalaamGarage got started with her amazing teams and filled a vital need. Finally,  the deeply personal “why” storytelling is so close to her heart. She challenges the audience to reach out to those who are […]

Event: SalaamGarage at Apple Store SoHo NYC Nov. 19

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NOVEMBER 19: APA/NY Apple Lecture Maggie Soladay presents SalaamGarage Shoot Photos, Cause Change Monday, November 19, 2012 7pm-8pm SoHo Apple Store (103 Prince St) Free Admission (seating is limited) *no advance registration is required   SalaamGarageNYC chapter chief, producer and photography editor Maggie Soladay will be speaking about how to make positive social change happen […]

A Family Found: Elijah’s Story


Not every foster child finds a family. The forgotten ones grow up alone in the faceless embrace of bureaucracy. Waiting and wishing, like runts in a litter of kittens staring hopelessly out of an emptying box. Elijah Callender is one of those people. Like the others, the state covered his eyes and clutched him tightly until his 21st birthday. Then it dropped him.

Purpose and Faith Give Krista Strength


Story by Mollie Neal Photography by Heather Walsh Krista spends her working hours tending to a woman with dementia in an assisted living facility. Like so many health-care aides, she is a nurturing soul. Some would call it ironic that this is her job. She spent most of her childhood being shuttled from one foster […]

Failing Is Not an Option: Richard’s Story


Story by Jim Sewastynowicz and Patricia Paine Photos by Jim Sewastynowicz Richard Wilkerson has no regrets about growing up in the foster care system. In fact, he believes that his experience as a teenager in various group homes has given him a powerful gift—one of understanding and connecting with people who also have hardships to overcome. […]

With Foster Care Just a Memory, Nefertiti Pursues Her Destiny


Photography by Amelia Coffaro Story by Vanessa Arriola Wide-eyed and smiling, 24-year-old Nefertiti is anxiously awaiting news from the Borough of Manhattan Community College. “I won’t hear back until March or April,” she says, struggling at times to get out the words, “but I can’t wait that long.” Nefertiti dreams of being a social worker […]

Teddie’s Transience


Story and Photography by Moya McAllister Teddie is a 21 year old trans-gender youth with arresting, long-lashed sherry-brown eyes. Soft-spoken, with a nervous laugh, he favors illustrated cartoon-and-grafitti-style caps and clothes that blend into the area of Chelsea where we decide to meet. Kicked out of his mother’s home at the age of 14 by […]