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. Throughout February, 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 the stories of 2024’s unsung heroes.
NOTE: Seattle’s Child is running these stories unedited, as written by the people who nominated them, in keeping with the DCYF Unsung Hero process.
Stephanie Rosell, Spokane
I’ve worked with Stephanie and her daughter Izzie for almost a year now after Izzie was born in November 2022. Izzie began receiving therapy services at Stepping Stones while she resided at Maddie’s Place with Mom. Since the beginning, Stephanie has shown such care, love, and determination in raising Izzie and providing a good life for her.
Mom and Izzie moved to Isabella House and lived there through the summer of 2023. Stephanie found daycare for Izzie, housing, transportation, and a job for herself as she was preparing to graduate from Isabella House. Now, Stephanie works at Maddie’s Place helping other new moms on similar journeys. It has been such a pleasure to see Stephanie become an inspiring Mom and Izzie flourishing because of it.
— Kaely Santos