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Strengthening Families Washington 2017 Unsung Hero Laura Thrailkill




2017 Unsung Hero Laura Thrailkill

 

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 11, 2017

Honoree:  Laura Thrailkill, Pullman

Nominator:  Shantelle Rawson

Laura Thrailkill could be used as a textbook success story of how the human spirit, especially that of a mother, can beat the worst odds and overcome adversities that would be difficult for any person to face. Laura is a product of the foster care system and, growing up, had difficult experiences herself; she does not want her own three children to have the same kind of circumstances.

In the year I have worked with her, I have watched her go from a homeless mother with CPS involvement, to adquiring an apartment, owning a vehicle, being employed, regaining parental rights to the oldest of her three children, and getting on a successful road to recovery as an addict. Laura actively engages in therapy and family support programs that she has been connected to through DSHS and other social service agencies. Now enrolled in college classes, Laura shows that she really is on a path to taking on the responsibility of her own and her children’s well-being and circumstance.

What I feel really makes her stand out is her ability to recognize when she is struggling and needs a little more help. To me this is a sign that this family can really bounce back from disheartening circumstances all because of Laura’s spirit and drive for a better life!

 

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