Aging-Out of Foster Care in SEA

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!: 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

Screen shot 2013-10-15 at 11.07.26 AM 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.

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 […]

[Seattle] Gearing up for 2012! Discuss news & next steps: 1/23/12.


  We’re getting 2012 underway with our second Meetup dedicated to Aging Out of Foster Care, it’s going to be a bright year and an incredible project!  We’re excited to tell everyone the scoop on moving forward; we’ve good news about opportunities to work with Seattle’s inspiring and proactive Mockingbird Society, plus planning our next steps setting […]

Announcing SalaamGarage/Local: Seattle!!

Announcing the first SalaamGarage/Local:SEA Meetup! This is an overview, planning and introduction meeting for media folk interested in volunteering their skills to SalaamGarage/Local:SEA. We’ll be introducing our first project, Aging Out of Foster Care, it’s success in NYC (huge!) as well as our plans to launch ‘Aging Out’ in Seattle. When: Monday, 12/5/11, 7-9pm Click […]