Unsung Hero: Brenda Taylor pulls family and community together
Seattle's Child is proud to once again sponsor the Unsung Heroes being honored in February by the Department of Children, Youth and Families Strengthening Families Washington.
Nominations are accepted from around the state and 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.
*Relative placement starting in 2007
*Licensed foster parent since 2009
*Adopted two children
*About 22 children for placement and/or respite; about 12 maintain contact, one who was a runaway
*Currently fostering two grandchildren (children of parents that were placed with Brenda), providing daytime care for a half-sibling that is on an in-home dependency, and caregiver for her own mother
*Worked through Olive Crest as a Recruitment and Retention Specialist
*Served as Treasurer for the Foster Parent Association, in Grays Harbor
*Helped in setting up for foster parent appreciation activities/events
*Sat on hiring panels for Children's
*On board for Citizens for Children
*Volunteered with 4-H
*involved in the local school district in PTO, sports, various clubs, field trips, chaparoning, fund-raising
Brenda Taylor of Grayland remains involved with family and community. She is dedicated to her family, which includes any and all children that have been through their doors. She knows children/youth in care need/will need someone they can count on, at some point, in their strengthening families children can seek out for support. I believe it is a true testament of their dedication that children who were placed with them, now as adults and parents, refer to Tim and Brenda as mom and dad and consider them grandparents to their own children.
Brenda is the epitome of the resilience, across multiple generations; maintaining social connections, for all members of her family; understanding and encorporating strong, supportive parenting; understanding and encorporating an understanding of individual child development, as it pertains to each child's emotional, mental, and physical development; supporting each individual child in social, emotional and interpersonal growth; and in seeking support, not only for herself and family, but helping each of her children to navigate a complexity of systems to secure the supports needed to be successful, in life.
Brenda pulls family and community together to create a place of love and support!
Nominated by: Linda Collins
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