Media Statement

Feb. 2, 2021

Contact: Debra Johnson


DCYF Celebrates Parent Recognition Month and Recognizes Unsung Heroes in Washington State

Olympia, WA — The Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) is celebrating Parent Recognition Month. DCYF, along with Seattle’s Child magazine, plans to honor extraordinary parents, caregivers, guardians, and community members at this year’s virtual Unsung Heroes ceremony.

In an effort to acknowledge the powerful work and influence parents and primary caregivers have every day on their families and communities, Gov. Jay Inslee proclaimed February as Parent Recognition Month.

"This past year has seen inconceivable unprecedented struggles for Washingtonians. There has been so much uncertainty and change to navigate," Gov. Inslee said. "Parents and caregivers across the state are supporting their children, families, and communities in exceptional ways through this pandemic. They are shaping the Washington of today and of the future, devoting their time and resources to help children and their families thrive."

Each year, DCYF recognizes 28 parents and caregivers in Washington for the roles they take with their families, schools, and communities, and for their demonstration of the protective factors known to help reduce child abuse and neglect.

"The Unsung Hero Awards shines a light on the hard work of Washington State parents, primary caregivers, and guardians who demonstrate tremendous leadership and compassion for their family and community," said DCYF Secretary Ross Hunter. "Their work helps shape the lives of many in their communities, and can direct programs and policies that impact them."

DCYF and Seattle’s Child will feature one honoree each day throughout February. Follow DCYF’s Facebook and Twitter feeds to see who the Unsung Hero is and read about each of the nominees.

The virtual Unsung Heroes Awards Ceremony is on February 25, with more information to come. Email to attend or participate in the virtual event.