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We Are Family 2018

The 10th annual We Are Family Day Mariners game will be held at Safeco Field on May 20th!  Pre-game event from 11:10am - 1:10pm, game starts at 1:30pm.  For more information or ticket purchase, call (206) 346-4519 or visit mariners.com/WeAreFamilyView the flyer. (PDF)

Kinship Caregiver Day

Governor Inslee Proclaims Kinship Caregiver Day – May 16, 2018

Washington Kinship Caregiver Receives National Award

On January 9, 2018 in Seattle, Olympia resident and Kinship Navigator Lynn Urvina was honored with a national Casey Excellence for Children Award, recognizing her distinguished work, exceptional leadership and relentless dedication in improving child welfare in America. Lynn Urvina is a Kinship Navigator for the nonprofit Family Education and Support Services in Olympia.  She provides practical and emotional support to caregivers who, like her, are raising grandchildren. She helps kinship caregivers traverse court systems, work with Child Protective Services and advocate on behalf of the children. She also links them to benefits and services they need to raise children successfully. In addition, Ms. Urvina facilitates the Washington state Kinship Caregivers Support Program in her local area. 

“My experiences raising my own granddaughter help me understand what other families are going through,” said Urvina. She and her husband began raising her granddaughter, Tara, when she was 11 months old. It was not always easy and Ms. Urvina sought help by attending a kinship support group. One evening, a local kinship navigator made a presentation to the group and mentioned that she soon would be leaving the job. Ms. Urvina knew right then that kinship navigation was her calling. As part of her recognition, the Casey Family Programs created this inspiring video about Lynn, showing how she transforms lives every day – check it out!

Thurston Talk did a follow-up story on Lynn Urvina.

Seven Unsung Kinship Care Heroes Honored

Each year, WA State’s Department of Early Learning (DEL) receives nominations from around the state for Unsung Hero Awards for Parents and Caregivers. The winning heroes have a page in their honor printed in the Seattle's Child magazine--one for each day in February.  They and their families are also recognized at a special dinner and honoring ceremony in their honor put on by DEL.

In 2018, a record seven of the 28 Unsung Heroes represent kinship care:

Now Available

Free Kinship Care and Foster Parent Families Annual Passes to the Seattle Aquarium and Pacific Science Center!

2018 Voices of Children – Raised by Grandparents and Other Relatives Contest

This 15th annual contest is for children in Washington State who are being raised now or in the past by a relative other than their parents.  Entry and rule information is included on the English and Spanish flyers.  The six winning entries will receive a $100 from Twin Star Credit Union and a free night at Great Wolf Lodge, Grand Mound, WA for a family of four. Entry postmark deadline is April 1, 2018. Please help spread the word!

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