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Unsung Hero: Tammara Newbill, a role model and advocate for kinship caregivers

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.

Tammara Newbill, Olympia

I met this kinship caregiver in the Kinship Program at Family Education And Support Services.

She is an exceptional woman in the lives of so many.She is a very strong person who works very hard to help others. She is an inspiration because she is a mom, grandmother, a coworker, friend and even more a student!

I do not know how she does it, but she has a beautiful family and friends who supporther. She is very knowledgeable about resources in the community and informed trauma care, an outgoing person who can find a conection to assist others. She is a strong advocate for anybody who needs her support in the Kinship Program and her family needs. She is very knowledgeable about parenting and child development, very resilient to overcome obstacles. She helps other kinship caregivers through her experience in life as a kinship caregiver. She understands the needs of these kinship families and the kids that are being raised by grandparents or relatives.

She is a very hard worker, always going the extra mile so a kinship caregiver or coworker receives support. She is such a beautiful, brave person who is not afraid to express her thoughts or find any resources on behalf of a familyto keep their kids safe. For that and for so many things, she is a hero.

Nominator: Rosa Venancio

More Unsung Heroes:

Debbie Radice, nurturing four grandchildren who had a tough start

Imelda Hernandez, hardworking parent and amazing advocate

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