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.
Diane has been a mentor for me from the first time we met, almost 12 years ago.
My husband and I had our first foster placement, and we were definitely overwhelmed. This 2-year-old little boy would stand in the middle of the room and just scream.
Diane was assigned as our visit supervisor, so the little one could safely visit his parents. Many, many times, Diane encouraged my husband and I to keep going, offered calm advice and helped us navigate the DCYF system. She enouraged us to be brave and be a voice for the children in our community who need us the most. Diane is a relentless fighter and advocate for abused and neglected children, teens and adults and has been her entire adult life.
She is an adoptive mom of six chilren, who are now all young adults. She has tirelessly advocated for their needs. Diane has been an active volunteer with Special Olympics. She has been a volunteer Guardian Ad Litem and been the voice in court for children. Diane has been a foster parent and cared for numerous children. As a visit supervisor, I have always known Diane to be accepting of people from all walks of life. She is willing to go above and beyond to help parents get access to the resources they need to be successful and to remain engaged as possible.
She is that friend who checks on you all the time, even when she is struggling herself. This year in particular, I have admired Diane’s quiet strength, her love for her family and her continued advocacy for those less fortunate. She has lived her life as an unsung hero who deserves to be recognized.
Nominator: Shannon Anderson