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Published February 10, 2013
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Congratulations Unsung Hero: Anna Kagley

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Anna Kagley and family.

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 10: Anna Kagley – Everett, WA:

Anna and her husband, Robert have completed their family by becoming parents to 6 special needs Native American children through adoption and guardianship. In 2012, Anna began talking with other adoptive families in her community and developed a post-adoption support group. In less than three months, the group has 8 families parenting a total of 23 children. Anna is seeking grants to expand the group. She has partnered with Spirit of Grace United Methodist church (spiritofgraceumc.org) to provide child care to the children during the once a month support meeting and an additional night for respite for the kids and families. Anna is arranging for professionals in the community to come assist the families with their children's complex needs surrounding prior abuse and neglect. Anna and Robert are parenting children with multiple diagnosis, including Autism, ADD/ADHD, Deaf-blind, CP, Anxiety, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, epilepsy and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, just to name a few. In addition to the support group Anna mentors biological families of former foster children; volunteers by teaching CPR and First Aid (www.redcross.org); volunteering for Lighthouse Cooperative school (www.lighthousecoop.org); volunteering in class, for the food bank and recently obtained a grant for $15,000 to improve the science curriculum at Jefferson Elementary (http://cms.everett.k12.wa.us/jefferson), her local school; helping the Jefferson Woods Nature Park program to secure green space for local kids (yourjeffersonwoods.com); and is a huge force behind KidsDream of Snohomish County (www.kidsdreamofsnohomish.org), a clothing bank for foster families.  She also works full time as a fisheries biologist for the Federal Government on salmon and habitat restoration efforts (noaa.gov). Anna has gone way above and beyond for our kids and for other families in our community.

Nominator:  Paulete Caswell


(5) Comment(s)


Anna is fabulous! She does all that and remains friendly and funny and a great friend! You go, Anna!

Posted by Tami Peterson on Feb 10, 2013

I am soo proud of you. Congratulations! Unsung or not, you are the best of us ever.

Posted by Auntie karen on Feb 10, 2013

The wonderful photo is courtesy of Matt Welch of Munkee's Eye Photography.

Posted by Anna Kagley on Feb 12, 2013

Anna and Robert prove that the more love you give away, the more love you have. As a couple they have provided a happy home to so many children. With Robert's support, Anna has made such a difference in the community. I am so glad to see them recognized for their contribution.

Posted by Gwynn Kayahli on Feb 14, 2013

Dear Anna and Robert,

Congratulations on this wonderful award for all the hard work and time you give to others in need. All it takes is for someone to tell you someone needs help and you are always there giving your time and love so effortlessly where ever it's needed even when you have hardships of your own.

You are the most amazing and giving people I've ever known. You deserve this award and many more.

Posted by Trudy Furberry on Feb 20, 2013

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Read the stories about the other inspiring Unsung Hero award winners:

February 1: Christine Matter – Tacoma, WA

February 2: Christena Evans – Spokane, WA

February 3: Carmen Gonzalez – Burien, WA

February 4: Sence Gonzalez – Olympia, WA

February 5: Lina McDonald – Silverdale, WA

February 6: Roseanne Henzel – Yakima, WA

February 7: Jill Homme & Deb Libbey – Battle Ground, WA

February 8: Bulcha Kenate – Tukwila, WA

February 9: Angela Fish – Puyallup, WA