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Unsung Heroes: Aimee & Paul Budrow: 'Labels don't exist' in this generous, blended family


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.

Aimee & Paul Budrow


Aimee and Paul Budrow of Omak have repeatedly proved to be a model foster parent home. 

Putting a family over-capacity is usually a great stressor for a foster family, but Aimee and Paul used to do this without missing a stride.  Aimee has been invaluable in her assistance to other foster families and by her example helping others to believe they can be foster families also.

 The Methow Valley where they live is a long drive from the Omak office, but Aimee and Paul help take care of the fostering families in the Methow.  They also help the community with their volunteer time. 

Aimee took on the donation situation during the firestorms of 2014 and 2015.  She was able to do this successfully during their own evacuation orders from their home, living in their motorhome near Paul's work as the city marshal. Paul as the head law-enforcement officer for the valley felt the need to stay and help his community with evacuations, coordination with other agencies and citizens who trust and respect him. 

Aimee's home is filled with the blend of biological children, adopted children, and foster children.  These labels don't exist in their vocabulary, as everyone just becomes family with the full rights and responsibilities of full family belonging.  Aimee went through some medical treatments, which meant that Paul was running the family and the community while Aimee recuperated, taking this all in stride.  Aimee and Paul want to concentrate on their current family.  They look to keeping their home at six as their own children begin to graduate, becoming successful adults.   


Nominated by: Autumn Martin


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