Strengthening Families Washington 2017 Unsung Hero Barbara McGregor
2017 Unsung Hero Barbara McGregor
Seattle's Child is proud to once again sponsor the Unsung Heroes being honored in February by the Department of Early Learning’s Strengthening Families Washington. Every day this month we'll present an Unsung Hero on seattleschild.com. Nominations are accepted from around the state and include biological parents, grandparents, foster and adoptive parents. Some volunteer at local schools; some have started nonprofit organizations; some mentor others in their communities. All honorees are true heroes - outstanding caregivers doing important work on behalf of children.
February 4, 2017
Honoree: Barbara McGregor, Lacey
Nominator: Bill McGregor
For over 33 years, Barbara has been serving foster children and their parents. She has specialized in caring for medically challenged children for most of those years. From babies to a child that has lived in our home for over 14 years, she knows the business of all of the aspects of caring for foster children. There have been many a case worker who has learned to rely on Barbara's experiences over the years. She is a valuable resource to many newer foster parents needing information on how to deal with the many situations that foster parents face in caring for children. She also helps with supervision of visits in her home and coordinating social workers involved in hundreds of cases.
When the phone rings in the wee hours, she will answer the call for kids "just needing a bed for the night" as case workers look for solutions to assist children taken from a home in the middle of the night. She is a tireless, energetic woman who has given of herself and of her family for those 33 years. "Grandma" shows and every child experiences the true love that she has for each one of them. Barbara is an amazing woman who has been a blessing to her children (5), her grand children (14) and the many foster children who have knocked at our door - whether for a day or for years!! The child may come with a plastic bag of dirty clothes but they leave with a suitcase of clean, freshly folded clothes.