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This dad keeps his kids safe and loved, even when things are tough | Unsung Hero

Ryan Eldred of Airway Heights puts a priority on giving his two kids all the love and support they need.

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.


Ryan Eldred, Airway Heights

Ryan is the father of two – a kindergartner and second-year ECEAP (Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program) child.

Ryan has been a part of the West Plains ECEAP school family since September 2020. As a single parent, he has found support for himself and the children through family, friends and ECEAP. Since September of 2021, Ryan has found himself overcoming numerous hardships – from family terminal illnesses to custody battles and more. Amidst the struggles, Ryan’s desire to keep his children loved and safe has never wavered. He provides a strong foundation for his children as he supports them through mourning and life changes.

As his second child, his son, began his ECEAP journey, it did not take long for Ryan to see that he might need services to help him succeed in school. Ryan and his family quickly acquired the help they needed from doctors. If his son needs him at school, Ryan doesn’t hesitate for a second to talk to him on the phone or show up in person to assure his child that he is safe and loved. Before the victory of custody and through a mess of restraints right before the holidays, Ryan worked tirelessly to gain custody of his children and bring them back into a safe and supportive environment.

It is apparent to staff and those around him that he has no hesitation to put his children first and give them the love and support they deserve and need.

Nominators: West Plain ECEAP



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