Unsung Hero: Leticia Moreno overcomes challenges to keep her grandchildren safe
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.
Leticia Moreno of Rochester
I met this grandmother when she came to our agency looking the Kinship Program, a program to help support grandparents or other relatives raising children. Leticia Moreno is a vibrant, optimistic and active grandmother, trying to resolve the problems she is going through, while at the same time helping others by empowering them to take action.
When she found us, she was looking for information on her options to keep her grandchildren in a safe and stable environment. One of the things that I admire about her is that she first tried to help the mother of her grandchildren find stability so that she could keep her children with her. Unfortunately, the mother did not take the opportunity and this grandmother had to take action for the safety and well-being of her grandchildren.
This grandmother informed herself on how to get custody of her grandchildren, she found out what she needed to do, then did it despite all the challenges she has in her life. She is a strong woman who does not give up. She did everything she had to do to make sure that her grandchildren had a stable and secure environment. Her optimistic attitude as she undertook the obstacles that she faced while continuously moving forward is an example of resilience, connection and knowledge while learning to defend her family and also help other families in her community.
She shares all she learned through this experience with her grandchildren. The knowledge and wellness they are receiving is full of love, support and growth in a stable environment this grandmother is creating.
I have witnessed her helping others by using her own resources and giving them a ride, taking them to look for resources or asking what may be available for other families that she knows in the community.
She deserves the Unsung Hero recognition because thanks to her, her grandchildren are growing up in a better environment with love and support. Also because she shares her knowledge of her own family experience to help other families in her community.
Nominated by: Rosa Venancio, Kinship program at Family Education and Support Services in Olympia