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.
Lindsey Topping-Schuetz, Puyallup
Lindsey is the mom of a beautiful little boy named Owen who has a rare medical condition, and she is the example of parental resilience.
She is an amazing mom, a strong community leader and a vocal advocate for change.
In 2019, Lindsey was selected to be part of the Washington State DCYF Early Support for Infant and Toddlers (ESIT) Parent Institute for Engagement (PIE), a leadership program for parents and caregivers of children with disabilities. During this same period, she joined state Sen. Emily Randall (D-26th District) to testify on the floor of the Washington State Senate about the challenges faced by medical families and the gaps in services for people with developmental disabilities. She then testified before the Washington Legislature Joint Committee for Aging and Disability about challenges related to the state’s Medicaid waiver program.
There is a fabulous photograph of her son, Owen, sitting in his adaptive stroller, on the floor of the state Senate building, that captures the true nature of Lindsey’s resilience, grit and determination to improve life in this state for Owen, her family and all of our families. Lindsey is a problem-solver and a go-getter. She identified a problem in our state and used her own experience as the parent of a child with a disability to advocate on behalf of everyone in a similar situation.
Nominator: Whitney Stohr