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.
Matt & Jessica Vargo, Puyallup
I met Jessica and Matt years ago after placing two children in their home.
Three other siblings were placed together in a different home. A sixth sibling was born shortly after the placements. Matt and Jessica gladly accepted the third sibling into their home. Jessica and Matt not only gave these three beautiful children a safe, stable home, they gave them love, acceptance and an amazing life which included connection to their siblings, biological parents and extended biological family members.
Jessica and Matt have taken long family trips to keep the connections of the children with their biological family members. The two older kiddos have definitely struggled at times since their placement, with the loss of their biological family and educational needs.
Jessica has a background working with adults who have developmental challenges. This made for a perfect match for her son. Her son is extremely bright and Jessica has worked incredibly hard to find ways to meet his unique learning needs and to meet him where he is at. Their patience and love is beyond compare. Handling not only the trials of being a foster/adopt family but to add on the dream of every caseworker of having a family that keeps bio connections and loves these children with all of their hearts, makes this work worth it. Matt and Jessica are true heroes, amazing human beings and we are lucky to have them in our community.
Nominator: Libby Stewart