January 31, 2023
Kaylee Wainright of D.A. Blodgett - St. John’s honored with John P. Steketee Child Advocate of the Year Award
Kaylee Wainright, a dedicated and compassionate foster care team lead, has been named the recipient of the John P. Steketee Child Advocate of the Year Award by West Michigan Partnership for Children. The award recognizes individuals who have made a significant impact on the lives of children in foster care.
Wainright has worked in the child welfare system for five years and has been instrumental in improving the lives of countless children and families. Through her tireless efforts, Wainwright has demonstrated a deep commitment to the well-being of the children in her cases and has consistently advocated for their needs.
The award was presented to Wainwright by Judge Kathleen Feeney of the Michigan Court of Appeals, previously Presiding Judge of the Kent County Circuit Court Family Division.
“Kaylee’s future in child welfare is bright,” said Judge Feeney, noting Wainright’s commitment and perseverance from their shared history on several cases. “Judge John Steketee would be proud. I know I am.”
Added Mary Muliett, DABSJ president and CEO: “Kaylee is a true champion for children in foster care and a deserving recipient of the John P. Steketee Child Advocate of the Year Award. Her dedication and commitment to improving the lives of children and families in foster care is an inspiration to us all.”
The John P. Steketee Child Advocate of the Year Award is presented annually by West Michigan Partnership for Children and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated an exceptional effort to protect children and advocate for families in Kent County. The award is named in honor of the late Judge John P. Steketee, a tireless advocate for children who served over 30 years as a judge for the Kent County Juvenile Courts. Local foster care agencies are invited by WMPC each year to nominate staff who exemplify Judge Steketee’s zeal, compassion, and efforts for children.