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Aaron Vargas got his kids back and works hard to meet their needs

Dad's dedication means the three brothers are together for the first time in several years.

Seattle’s Child is proud to partner with the state Department of Children, Youth and Families Strengthening Families Washington to honor outstanding caregivers doing important work on behalf of children.

All month long, we’ll introduce you to Unsung Heroes from around the state: biological parents, grandparents, foster and adoptive parents. Some volunteer at local schools; some have started nonprofits; some mentor others in their communities. Enjoy their stories.


Aaron Vargas, Bothell

Aaron’s three children entered a dependency shortly after Aaron was arrested and the mother was not able to manage the children’s needs.

All three children were in dependency for an expansive amount of time and remained in dependency due to ongoing trial continuances. Due to the length of time the children were in care, Aaron was able to be released and quickly transitioned into housing.

Aaron was able to exit his program and quickly became available to parent his children. After several years in care the children were returned home to their father. The father has been able to maintain the needs of the children and be a loving home for them. For the first time in years, all three brothers are currently living together. The needs to the children range from autism, WISE services and mental health. The father maintains a reduced schedule to ensure all needs of the children are being met with their ongoing appointments.

Nominator: Calista Currie


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