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Unsung Hero: Mina Crowder, 'an inspiration to many who know her'

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.

Mina Crowder, Toppenish

Mrs. Mina Crowder has been long-lasting foster parent with the DCFS/DCYF for approximately 25 years.

Within these years Mrs. Crowder has welcomed many children into her home. She has adopted and established guardianship for several of these children. She mentored and guided those inclined to pursue their ongoing education to attend college. Mrs Crowder maintains a genuine bond with these children andyoung adults throughout the years.

Many of these children who are now young adults still call her, stop by her home, invite her to their special celebrations, and some call her mom. She has been an inspiration to many who know her, she has guided many children, provided stability, nurturingand love.

She has given a temporary home to children who have not been able to reside with their parents. She has worked with parents and relatives to make sure when children are returned home, the parent is aware of how the childhas been doing in her home. Mina is a wonderful, caring, person that keeps on giving to children. Mina should be recognized for all the work she has done not only for the children and families in her care but also engaging the community for community support.

Nominator: Alice Carranza

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