At WACAP, our A Family for Me videos often take us to the outdoors – like dog parks for the kids who can’t get enough of “man’s best friends,” or playgrounds for the kids who simply must climb.We also travel to group homes, where our visit may be easier for a medically fragile child, or where an onsite art project is the perfect activity for a creative kid. Sometimes, we visit a school, where we can capture the story of a child who has special needs and witness, first-hand, their enthusiasm, determination and progress.
This year, we also found ourselves on the beach, watching a young writer compose poetry while she explained what she finds inspiring. We’ve been to lots of parks, doing things like chasing insects with a young bug enthusiast one day, and on another, having a homemade slime party.
Many of the children we feature are all about the outdoors, and other kids have interests that we can only explore with the help of businesses and organizations in the community, like those listed below.
A big shout out to the members of our community, the businesses who’ve hosted us and the numerous places and people who’ve welcomed us in 2018. Thank you for making a difference for children.
All Together Skatepark (Seattle) – Great indoor skatepark, where Operations Manager Marshall Reid gave Dakota an awesome skateboard lesson to teach him some new tricks.
Moda Organic Salon (Renton) – Manager Lacy Lee gave Hanna an expert makeup application experience, providing her with tips and suggestions on how to pursue her interest in cosmetology.
Bowlero (Lynnwood) – Where Leroy enjoyed his first game of bowling, and his support team (foster parents, social worker, and recruiters) got to see him giggling and clapping with his successes. Bowlero regularly hosts bowling events for special needs populations and the staff was very welcoming to Leroy.
Café Flora (Seattle) – Where Aaron was able to get a fun, vegan cooking lesson with owner Nat Stratton-Clarke.
Changing Rein Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (Graham) – Where we got to see Jessa interact with “Lilly” during her equine therapy. Lilly is a hinny (donkey mom and horse dad). Little Lilly helps Jessa focus her energy and to help find strategies for keeping calm.
Find out more about A Family for Me and meet some of the children that need families to foster or adopt them.
About WACAP “A Family for Me Program Coordinator” Denise Russell: Since joining WACAP in 2013, Denise has coordinated adoption outreach videos for over 100 children in foster care. An adoptee herself, Denise feels a special connection with every child she meets. Interacting daily with the dedicated foster child community and committed organizations that support WACAP’s efforts, she says it feels often like mysterious forces are also lending a hand to help. Outside of work, Denise enjoys “laughing a lot with her handy and hard-working husband, hanging out with their entertaining and opinionated sons, and appreciating the goofiness of the family’s two Labradors.” Oh, and she loves a good movie!
Source of Images: WACAP – A Family for Me Videos