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Monday, May 18, 2015

Love and Dedication: the Wheeler Family

Cindy and Jeff Wheeler have been Foster Parents with Berkshire Farm Center since 2011. The Wheelers (top photo) have been exceptional foster parents from the very beginning, going above and beyond to ensure the children in their home are treated just like their own children. imageThat includes taking the children in foster care on all family outings and vacations. Most recently, they took all of the children – three biological children, two adopted children, and two children in foster care to Disney World (bottom photo). Children placed in their care have great things to say about Jeff and Cindy and often stay in touch with these wonderful foster parents after they leave foster care.image

The Wheelers understand the importance of partnering with the children’s birth families. Jeff and Cindy have invited birth parents to their homes for holidays and birthday celebrations and have visited birth parents’ homes and met them at various locations to coach them with parenting skills. They also understand the importance of working as an entire treatment team and communicate openly with all service providers regarding the needs of the children. They are always open and willing to follow treatment recommendations.

“We are very fortunate and grateful to have Jeff and Cindy as part of our Berkshire Family,” says Katie Fiorillo, Program Coordinator. “Jeff and Cindy are a great support to our program overall and are the first to offer to help when we need a late night respite or emergency daycare. On the rare occasion when they actually have an extra bed available, we are excited to place a child in their home so they too can have the opportunity to be part of a fun, loving, supportive family.”

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