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.
Emmanuel Camarillo & Francisco J. Conteras Alvarez, Bellingham
Not only are Emmanuel and Francisco loving and caring foster parents, they are community builders. Examples of how their work aligns with the five protective factors known to help reduce child abuse and neglect:
• Parental Resilience: Emmanuel began a doctoral program in Educational Leadership at UW in 2018 and still became a foster parent in 2019.
• Concrete Supports in Times of Need/Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development: They regularly post about Virtual Foster Parent Information Night and other resources on Facebook and are in communication with many other foster parents.
• Social and Emotional Competence of Children: With backgrounds in academic support and student engagement, they work to ensure the best outcomes for their foster child (M) at home and at school.
• Social Connections: My daughter and I were so fortunate to get to get to know M shortly after he was placed with them. M has become a wonderful friend and is a great baritone!
Finally, Emmanuel and Francisco are passionately working to increase the number of foster parents of color in Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, San Juan and Island counties. They are truly a wonderful addition to the foster parent community.
Nominator: Wendelin Dunlap