Seattle's Child is proud to once again sponsor the Unsung Heroes being honored in February by the Department of Children, Youth and Families Strengthening Families Washington.
Every day this month we'll present an Unsung Hero.
Nominations are accepted from around the state and include biological parents, grandparents, foster and adoptive parents. Some volunteer at local schools; some have started nonprofit organizations; some mentor others in their communities. All honorees are true heroes: outstanding caregivers doing important work on behalf of children.
Ashlee Newell, Kenmore
Ashlee is the single mom of 11-year-old autistic twin girls, both of whom have very high support needs.
Ashlee herself identifies as a person with mental-health challenges and developmental disabilities, and has various struggles understanding the systems and processes she must navigate for herself and her children.
In spite of these obstacles Ashlee has shown incredible resilience, providing her daughters with a stable, comfortable home, consistent care and high-quality therapy. She reaches out for support with complex systems such as special education and Medicaid, and is always organized and on top of what needs to be done.
She is also an excellent advocate for her daughters, making sure her voice is heard to ensure both girls are viewed as individuals, and are treated with respect. She is a perfect example of a unsung hero, and I highly recommend Ashlee for this award!
Nominator: Rachel Nemhauser