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Unsung Hero: Karen


February is Parent Recognition Month. Strengthening Families Washington, of the Department of Early Learning for Washington State, believes there is no better way to recognize a parent, grandparent, foster or adoptive parent than by acknowledging the numerous and impressive things they do to strengthen their family and those around them in their community.

Seattle’s Child is proud to sponsor the Washington Unsung Hero Awards, recognizing our everyday heroes and honoring the important role caregivers play in children’s lives. There are 28 nominees for the 28 days of February, and Seattle’s Child will highlight each and every one.


Congratulations to the Unsung Hero for February 16


Karen - Washougal


There are some people who continue to rise, no matter what seems to happen to them. Karen is one of these people. While working full-time at Children’s Administration and going to school for her MSW through EWU, a family member had a need and Karen and her husband Joe responded to that need by becoming guardians of their niece.  

Parenting was a life task that they had decided not to pursue but they have created a beautiful, loving home for their niece. Karen has used her skills and abilities to meet the social and emotional needs that their niece has had and they have had to wrestle with many emotions that a 7-year-old should not have to feel. She balances the needs of her work, school and family in a selfless way and has become one of the strongest and most intentional parents I have been fortunate enough to know. The role of a relative caregiver is often thankless and more and more gets piled on each day. 

I am proud of the woman, social worker, and caregiver that Karen is.  She is a shining example of an Unsung Hero.


Nominator:  Erinn Havig


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