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Richard McDaniel is selfless, upbeat and makes things look easy

Federal Way dad keeps helping kids even amid all the stress of the pandemic.

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.


Richard McDaniel, Federal Way

I would like to nominate one of my amazing families, Richard and Ricky McDaniel. They do so much for all of their kiddos and have remained strong and have persevered throughout this pandemic.

Richard truly cares about children above all the other stresses in life. Richard is willing to help any child in need, no matter the behaviors or needs of the child. This year the challenges have been many trying to work from home, teach/assist four boys continually and manage his home all at the same time. Richard still opens his home for any child in need of respite without question.

Even when the respite hasn’t been ideal, Richard doesn’t complain or ask for anything in return. He is constantly trying new things with his placements to keep them excited with life. Richard takes his family on camping trips to stay isolated but still give them the ability to learn about new places and things.

In the trying times of stress, he makes things seem so easy. When we hear the weariness in his voice, he states they are all doing fine and have everything they need.

Richard is the most selfless person I’ve ever met!

Nominator: Karen Davis



More Unsung Heroes:

Mercer Island mom uses storytelling skills to make world a more inclusive place

Lindsey Topping-Schuetz: driven to improve life for her son, and for all families

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

Roxanne Grant: resilient, upbeat and always willing to lend a hand


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