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Strengthening Families Washington 2017 Unsung Hero Catherine Gutz




 

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 15, 2017

Honoree:  Catherine Gutz, Vancouver

Nominator:  Jill Hofstede

Catherine and her husband were foster parents for over 20 years. In addition she has been a trainer, advocate and mentor for many foster parents throughout that whole time. This year she gave up her foster care license due to a number of personal tragedies, including the sudden loss of her daughter, and yet she sill is rooting for all of us foster parents 

Catherine’s resilience and ability to see and encourage the good in others is honestly amazing to me. She rarely says anything that isn't positive in nature unless she feels someone’s rights are not be respected, and even then her words are chosen with wisdom and gentleness. She has poured herself out for others over and over again. No one I know deserves this recognition more than Catherine!

 

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