An Advocate for Families: Dakoda Foxx

Parent & Family Engagement | 06/28/2018

Katie Gustainis
Marketing & Communications Manager, Stand for Children Washington

 “My motto is that when you help a parent, you help a child. I want to help parents.”

While living in Tacoma, Dakoda Foxx has raised three daughters, served as a volunteer with Stand for Children, and – as of last week – earned her second Associates degree.

Since it’s graduation month in Washington, we’re celebrating the accomplishments of our Stand family. When one of us succeeds, we can all share in that joy.

Dakoda is originally from Virginia but has lived in Tacoma since 2001. Her daughters grew up here and went to school in nearby Puyallup.

In 2014, she graduated from Pierce College with her first Associates in Criminal Justice.

“I’d been working with kids as a CASA advocate and my focus has always been on helping families, especially kids who are taken away from their parents. My advisor at Pierce suggested that I could do even more if I went for my paralegal certificate.”

And so she has. Last week Dakoda graduated from Tacoma Community College with her Paralegal Associate in Applied Sciences. But she’s not done yet.

“Next I’m working toward my LLLT certification [Limited License Legal Technician]. I’m taking the summer off and getting back to it in the fall. When I’m done I’ll be opening my own legal practice and focusing on helping families.”

Dakoda has been a volunteer parent member with Stand for Children since 2014. “I like what Stand for Children does and what we stand for. That’s why I’m so involved.”

She is a constant presence at Stand’s parent workshops and family events. Dakoda also frequently visits Olympia to speak about education policy and to meet with legislators. She has written letters to the editors of local papers and sent many messages to state lawmakers.

“My favorite part of advocacy is the seeing the face of a kid when they know you’ve done something positive for them,” she says.

When it comes to prioritizing solutions to improve our schools, it’s clear to Dakoda where our focus needs to be. “The most important thing we can do for education is to help parents get on the right track, and then they’re able to help their children. Kids need to have basic needs met at home before they can learn, grow, strive and dream for something more.”

As a member of the Stand family, we want to publicly congratulate Dakoda on her accomplishments and say thank you for all your hard work on behalf of Washington’s kids.

Thanks to Dakoda and other volunteers like her, Stand for Children will continue to support families and students in achieving their dreams.

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