Strengthening Families Washington 2017 Unsung Heroes Oscar and Wendy Ibarra
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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 28, 2017
Honoree: Wendy and Oscar Ibarra, Granger
Nominator: Jose Leon
Wendy and Oscar Ibarra have been foster parents since 2001. In addition to their four natural children, they have welcomed dozens of foster children into their home. The Ibarras treat each child as one of their own.
It has been a mounting task to keep up with the children’s needs. In addition to their regular employment, the Ibarras have also ensured that their kids attend school functions, doctor appointments, counseling appointments, cultural activities and family visits as needed. In several cases they also made sure that the children kept their connection to their Yakama Nation roots.
The Ibarras have not complained or ask for help to meet any of the foster children’s needs. They have ensured that the children in their home are prepared to be independent, encouraging higher education. They have advocated with the schools and social system to obtain whatever the children need. These children are truly family to them.
In one case, a young Native American woman stayed with them beyond her high school graduation without any type of reimbursement to them. Mr. and Mrs. Ibarra assisted her to obtain resources from her tribe and ensure that she had financial support for her education. This young woman is going to a technical school and they are providing for her needs. Her sister, who also lives with them, will be perusing higher education and they are planning for her to stay with them past her 18th birthday as well.
I believe that Mr. and Mrs. Ibarra are Unsung Heroes. They have opened their home to others without hesitation and done what needs to be completed for the welfare and wellbeing of the children in care.
Go HERE to read about more 2017 Unsung Heroes