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Karmen goes above and beyond for little kids in tough circumstances

Spokane mom gives love and help to kids who desperately needed her.

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.

Karmen, Spokane

Karmen has gone above and beyond to be a parent to three children who are not biologically hers.

She has three children of her own, and still made the decision to adopt her 4-year-old who is diagnosed with ADHD, as well as fostering a pair of 2- and 4-year-old siblings in a very difficult season of life.

Without Karmen and her husband, Shawn, these children wouldn’t be with the loving mom they are with today, and early intervention may not have ever happened. I am truly grateful for what she does for our community and not just her birthed children, but children that needed her desperately.

Nominator: Taylor Elder


More Unsung Heroes:

Cristal Moreno stays positive despite fire and other challenges

Everett mom discovered how powerful her voice could be

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

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


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