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Sean & Heather Dodge went above and beyond for this family | Unsung Heroes

Wrapping up the 2023 installment of these special honors

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.


Sean & Heather Dodge, Shelton (nominated twice)

The reasons why I am nominating these two very special people are because they have always gone above and beyond for me and our children. While I was in my active addiction officer Sean Dodge and his wife adopted 2 of my children. They left their honeymoon to pick up the first one they took, my baby Nevaeh, because I was dirty at birth. I fought for her and got her back. They had her for a year, I never was able to take them out of her life so we started a relationship that turned into so much more. They now have adopted two of my kids and have guardianship of one that we take of together. They have never given up on us. They would take me to work and school while I was trying to figure life out. They have always gone above and beyond and deserve this award please.

Nominator: Katie Morales Ramos

It is an honor to nominate Sean and Heather Dodge for the Unsung Hero award. Sean Dodge is a sheriff in Mason County and has an impact and support for the community. Heather is a clerk in the courts. We need to honor our public servants more. This couple has had a tremendous and positive impact on my coworker’s children. They have adopted them and raised them as their own in a loving home.

Nominator: Dee Wolverton




All of the 2023 Unsung Heroes:

Chelsea Hope is a model of resilience and a gem of a person

Mindy Livingston has made foster care her life’s mission

Sandra Stokes is a guardian angel to new moms

Lack of sleep doesn’t stop Kate Ginn from helping kids

Amy Jensen has shown her boys what a mother can do

Through grief, Susan Barbeau has been there for her child, her community

Josie Garcia is passionate about her family and community

She pushed for an adaptive swing, and that was just the beginning

This foster family greets kids with love, laughter and support

Spokane mom strives to become the best version of herself

Kendall Bowen goes above and beyond for kids placed in her care

Marysville couple form beautiful bonds while helping kids heal

SW Washington family share “big, amazing hearts” with foster community

Brian McClay, adoptive dad and champion to kids facing challenges

Couple happy to share the parenting lessons they learned

Heather Fourstar, mother of 7 and determined change-maker

Jacinda White, a dedicated caregiver for medically fragile infants

Kasey Knutson embraces challenges most parents will never know

Meet Katie Strickland, our state’s first legally blind foster parent

These parents are devoted to their preemie triplets (and four other kids!)

Poulsbo mom a strong voice in Native and special-needs communities

Rayna Espinoza Ives is a strong, authentic voice for the Native community

Rebecca Souday is a slice of hope for special-needs parents

Suma Kumar shares her family’s story, and it helps others

Single father of seven helps make things easier for other dads

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