DCYF Accepting Nominations for Unsung Hero Award

November 28, 2023
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The Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) is accepting nominations for its Unsung Hero Awards, which will recognize 29 exceptional parents, caregivers, and guardians in February during Parent Recognition Month.

“Caring and nurturing of young children is critical for their future success in life,” says DCYF Secretary Ross Hunter. “The Unsung Hero Awards recognize parents, caregivers, and guardians who are exceptional at applying the five Protective Factors and ensuring the youngest children in our state are given the best chance at success.”

The 5 Protective Factors:

  • Parental Resilience
  • Concrete Supports in Times of Need
  • Social and Emotional Competence of Children
  • Social Connections 
  • Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development

Unsung Hero nominations must be submitted by Jan. 5, 2024. The nomination form is available in English, Spanish, and Somali at www.dcyf.wa.gov/hero. Nominations can be emailed to strengtheningfamilies@dcyf.wa.gov. DCYF will recognize honorees and their supporters in February. Each will be spotlighted with a photo in Seattle’s Child magazine.

Since 2011, DCYF has recognized more than 330 Unsung Hero recipients. To learn more, visit Strengthening Families Washington.