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.
Everette & Shannon Anderson, Snohomish
Shannon and Everette are the strongest parents I know.
For starters, they have two teens who are engaging and wonderful members of our community. Shannon and Everette also have strong ties to their Native community. We share the same culture between our families, and by example, they have helped their children and my own embrace their heritage with pride instead of shame (even if they do not embrace the traditional foods quite yet!)
They have amazing working relationships with the birth parents of their two adopted children. They continue to foster the most vulnerable children in our county and always seem to have "room for one more."
Shannon and Everette started a free bike exchange for foster and adoptive chlildren to give back to to those on a similar path.
Most importantly, Shannon props me up when I think I cannot go on. We jokingly have a trophy that we exchange between our households for whoever is winning by having the most difficult time (meltdowns, late night walk-in clinics, missed school events). Often we start by talking about these things and end up laughing and sharing the good times and precious moments we have with our children. For that, I am forever grateful.
Nominator: Anna Kagley