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Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero: Joyce Mallinger

Joyce's encouragement of relative caregivers has been monumental. She always arrives with a smile, a calmness, and quiet reassurance. [she has ...] served 100's of grandparents and relative caregivers along the way.

Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero Carrie Fannin

As a parent of a child with Asperger’s and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), Carrie Fannin is a strong advocate for vulnerable children and a successful community mobilizer.

Debunking stranger danger, but maintaining boundaries

How to empower kids to set boundaries for themselves – while also recognizing the value of building community.

Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero: Chandra Reeves

Even after experiencing several tragedies within her family, Unsung Hero Chandra Reeves has shown resilience and a determination to keep her family strong and her culture an integral part of their lives.

Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero: Teresa Garcia

The reason I am nominating Mrs. Garcia, is because she is an example for all parents in our school, community and in the state of Washington.

Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero: Yvette Dear

I first met Yvette when I was facilitating a Family Readiness Group meeting as president of the USS Pennsylvania Blue Family Readiness Group (FRG), when her husband had just transferred from a different boat (submarine) to the Penn. The Family Readiness Group (FRG) is a command-supported organization whose sole purpose is to provide emotional support during the Sailor's time in the command.

Strengthening Families Washington Unsung Hero: Shelly Willis

Some of the Unsung Hero honorees volunteer at local schools; some have started nonprofit organizations; some mentor others in their communities. All, however, are outstanding caregivers doing heroic work on behalf of children.

Wheels Up: Safe Biking with Kids

Want your kids to learn how to ride bikes safely? Show them and take advantage of the many excellent programs teaching kids how to bike safely

Dad Next Door: Superheroes in the classrooms

If we don't acknowledge and applaud the superheroes in our own lives they may disappear.

Hitting the Ski Trails with Baby in Tow

How to Respond When a Fever Strikes

It's cold season again and fever is threatening to cause discomfort and anxiety for kids and grownups alike

A “forever family” remembers foster kids by volunteering with Seattle nonprofit Amara

Amara has helped them with legal and emotional support, and provided a place for the kids to visit their biological parents. In turn, Fred and Adam’s family contributes to Amara with their money, time and expertise.

Parenting and risk: Why one parent decided to let her son climb trees

A TED talk changes one parent's ideas about kids, danger, and an understanding of what it means to keep them safe.

One Seattle Children’s ER doctor has tips to help kids proceed with caution

Dr. Tony Woodward, medical director of emergency services at Seattle Children's Hospital, addresses the biggest safety issues for kids.

Kids’ access to firearms is a key factor in gun violence

Easy accessibility to firearms is a major factor in many of the murders, suicides and accidental gun deaths of children.
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