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Unsung Heroes: Tanya & Crystal Palmer, adoptive parents with unrelenting love and perseverance


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.

Tanya and Crystal Palmer


Being a foster parent isn’t easy. The challenges include; taking on kids with very little notice, sometimes in the middle of the night. Helping children adjust to a new home and new family knowing this could be temporary. It requires creating an incredibly consistent, structured, and loving environment for these new kids, sometimes babies, who enter your home. On the other hand, these challenges can come with great reward and happiness.

Tanya and Crystal Palmer of Spokane Valley are a couple who could talk to you about these challenges and rewards. You see, Tanya and Crystal have been through all this. What started as fostering, turned into legally adopting five beautiful children, four of whom are biological siblings that they just couldn’t bear to separate. Tanya and Crystal have had their share of stress and heartache along this journey while fighting for these children, but their unrelenting love and perseverance didn’t waiver. Because of this, these children are now in a devoted, stable home.

Tanya and Crystal are both educators and coaches in the West Valley School district where they reside with all five kids. Every day they model acceptance, compassion, and kindness not only to their five children, but also to their students, athletes and colleagues. They are a true example of an Unsung Hero.


Nominated by: Judy Stansbury, Dena Klein, Nicole Anderson


Additional nomination: Tanya and Crystal Palmer have been foster parents and now have adopted those five children of high trauma. Two sets of siblings and a male ages from sixth to ninth grade. The children are all involved in a sport/activities and are thriving thanks to these loving and caring two parents!! They are AMAZING. These children will be productive citizens of any community they choose to live.

Nominated by: Kristina Williams, teacher, Ness Elementary

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