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Esther Daugherty loves children and is a rock for her family

Spokane Valley mom copes with stresses (like cancer) and continues to put kids first.

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.


Esther Daugherty, Spokane Valley

Esther has two biological children, one adopted and is currently fostering two children.

She went through cancer treatment while fostering her adopted daughter. Despite caring for many children, some with high needs, Esther is able to cope with the stress and move with the flow. The children know she loves them and know they are safe in her care. She has an incredible support system in the community, her church and within the school and ECEAP program. When she needs help or guidance, she knows where to turn.

She is always willing and excited to learn additional parenting skills and then readily applies them to her toolbox. She received training in conscious discipline and often uses those skills to teach the children in her care social and emotional skills. Esther loves children, she loves watching them learn and grow and is a rock for her family.

This amazing mother, wife and woman is deserving of the Unsung Hero award.

Nominator: Collette Bise



More Unsung Heroes:

Everett mom discovered how powerful her voice could be

Lindsey Topping-Schuetz: driven to improve life for her son, and for all families

Bellingham pair ‘a wonderful addition to the foster parenting community’

Immigrant mom determined to make a better life for her 4 girls


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