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.
Eva Bernice Farais, Amanda Park
Eva Bernice (Bere) Farias is an “Unsung Hero” for Lake Quinault School District.
She has been in our ECEAP program for four years, beginning with her second-grader and currently with her 4-year-old, and 2-year-old at home. She participates in Save the Children’s Birth to Three program (Early Steps to School Success) for all three children prior to enrolling in ECEAP. Bere, with her husband, Angel, has shown strength and growth in all protective factors for their family. She knows how to utilize resources provided to support and educate herself and family. As a non-English speaker, she has the courage to ask for, and receive, help when needed and the ability to follow suggestions helping her children develop socially, emotionally and physically. Bere participates and learns in all conferences, home visits and parent education nights throughout her participation in Early Steps and ECEAP.
During the COVID shutdown, Bere is present and active in every preschool virtual session for her preschooler, with the 2-year-old participating, too. Using a calm, persistent and purposeful demeanor, she has demonstrated the ability to create a school environment around the walls of the home and in her interactions with her children. Participating in “zoom school,” she is learning English and has used what she has learned to communicate with myself and the lead teacher. Bere has read a story in Spanish as the lead teacher read it in English.
Bere is a hero for her family, and our community.
Nominator: Margaret SantaLucia
The rest of the 2021 Unsung Heroes: