Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero: Stephanie Cochran
2016 Unsung Hero Stephanie Cochran
February 20, 2016
Honoree: Stephanie Cochran, University Place
Nominator: Rhonda Cochran
I consider my older sister Stephanie a Super Woman! I look up to her for the amazing strength she exhibits in life, no matter the situation, as well as the humility she shows within that strength. Since we were children, there were two things we knew Stephanie would be due to her love of children - a mom and a teacher. She became a foster mother with Youth for Christ approximately 10 years ago and is adored by their agency as a foster placement for children. Since that time, she has fostered 5+ children, adopting 2 daughters (began fostering both at approximate age of 8 months and they now are age 7 - special needs - and age 5) and is fostering a 2 -year-old with the prayer that we will be able to legally adopt him.
During this time, my sister went back to university to get her second Masters degree, while working full time and taking care of the children. She currently works as a Speech/Language Pathologist for the Tacoma School District. She is part of an amazing group of single mothers who foster/adopt and is an inspiration to everyone. She is an amazing mother and it’s a joy to see the love that my nieces and nephew have for her and she for them. She truly is an inspiration to me. I would love to see her acknowledged for all she does and the blessing she is to so many.