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.
This spring, 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.
Kyle Paskewitz, Tacoma
Kyle introduces himself as a father of two boys, and a veteran.
His work has supported families across the state of Washington. Kyle is the cofounder of Parentalink, whose mission is “To provide information, structure, and resources for families suffering the adverse effects of the divorce process and child custody issues, we want to empower parents to incorporate respectful and positive interactions in order to come to peaceful and healthy resolutions that protect the health and welfare of the children and the family, while providing transparency into the processes and practices of family law.”
As a co-champion of the Fatherhood Council, Kyle serves on the Statewide Preschool Development Grant to ensure that fathers’ voices and perspectives are included in the upcoming plan. Even working an overnight shift in IT to support his family, Kyle makes himself available regularly for meetings in the middle of the day, when he should be sleeping.
Kyle has been willing to share his personal life story in rooms with political leaders so that those within the government are better able to understand how the systems impact families. Kyle uses his understanding of the court system to support families across the state and will answer calls day or night to offer assistance. Kyle works toward achieving the Washington Interagency Fatherhood Council vision of supporting men in Washington to be the fathers they want to be for their children and families.
Nominator: Anne Stone