February is Parent Recognition Month. Strengthening Families Washington, of the Department of Early Learning for Washington State, believes there is no better way to recognize a parent, grandparent, foster or adoptive parent than by acknowledging the numerous and impressive things they do to strengthen their family and those around them in their community.
Seattle’s Child is proud to sponsor the Washington Unsung Hero Awards, recognizing our everyday heroes and honoring the important role caregivers play in children’s lives. There are 28 nominees for the 28 days of February, and Seattle’s Child will highlight each and every one.
Congratulations to the Unsung Hero for February 8
Shannon Love – Yakima
I would like to nominate Shannon Love for her tireless work in reforming foster care. She became passionate about foster care change when she first became a foster parent and she soon realized that the system was in terrible dysfunction and did not prioritize the needs of children. Since then, and many foster children later, Shannon and her team have been advocates for foster children's rights, care and well-being.
Additionally, they are champions for the proper representation of caring foster parents, who currently have no say in the system, but have all the weight of responsibility on their shoulders. Many foster parents commit their lives, their time, their own money and unconditional love to these often broken children, welcoming them into their lives and families, only to be treated like a number and a doormat to the system’s antiquated rules and regulations.
I am so proud of the momentum, awareness and the attention to reform that Shannon and her team have brought to our state's legislature with the non-profit group, Fostering Change Washington. I highly respect her effort, love and determination in the fight for our lost children. Shannon is a photographer by trade, a dedicated wife, a mother of three awesome biological kids and fiercely loves the three foster children currently in her care. She is an excellent nominee for your award.
Nominator: Sara Ettl