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

Nicoleta Cambur of Vancouver has worked hard on behalf of her family.

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.


Nicoleta Cambur, Vancouver

I am nominating this parent because of her willingness to commit to her four girls ages ranging from 15 to 4.

Nicoleta is from Russia and came to America to better the lives for her family. She speaks English well, but still says there is more to learn. She is a hard worker and dedicated to her family. I have enjoyed getting to know her and her family these past three years and see the growth they have made.

When COVID-19 hit and schools had to be closed it threw families into a whirlwind of “What’s next?” Nicoleta was positive through it all, because she said, “It does no good to worry about what will happen tomorrow. I have to worry about today and I have to move forward or my children will suffer.”

This is the last program year with this family, and I will miss them, but I know the girls are going on to better things, because of their mom Nicoleta!

I will always feel blessed to have worked with this mom and witness the steps she has taken throughout the years in the program to better her life and the lives of her children, she is truly an Unsung Hero!

Nominator: Donna Wilbur


More Unsung Heroes:

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

Shrounda Selivanoff is a kinship caregiver, a role model and a force for change

Susan Hight: a ‘fierce force of nature’ when it comes to cherishing children

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