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Unsung Hero: Rita Swanson



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 20


Rita Swanson - Renton


Rita is a parent of seven children, primary caregiver for one disabled adult, legal guardian for three (one child and two adults), foster parent for over 1000 children, adoptive parent of four children, has worked with disabled children and adults for many years, several of my children that have disabilities, and grandparent of ten children. 

She was a child care provider as well.  She definitely has the ability to bounce back, has a strong support system, knows child development and especially the needs of the children that she has and does care for.  She shows empathy and support for children’s feelings and is not afraid to ask for and get support from her support system. 

She has been with her daughter as she struggled through serious medical issues during the pregnancy and birth of her children.  She has a son who was not supposed to live more than a week to a month due to his serious medical needs and helped him to thrive and survive for 27 years.

I believe Rita has all of the qualities to be nominated for the unsung hero award!


Nominator:  Linda Larsen


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