CHERYL MCCLOUD

CHERYL MCCLOUD

As a single therapeutic parent, Cheryl McCloud says, “This has been one of my most rewarding heartfelt endeavors, being able to foster a large sibling group!” She currently has6 boys, two sets of 3 sibling brothers. She feels blessed to have this opportunity. It’s most important for these siblings to remain together as their relationship is going to be the longest lasting relationship in their lives. Their bond is so important for their growth and development. They feel more secure and can continue to grow as a family! Being together lessens their anxiety of being in foster care because they have each other!It’s traumatic enough being separated from parents, but when children come from a large sibling group that may have to be separated it causes extra problematic behavior when they do not know what is happeningto their other siblings.Due to COVID-19 theyhad to endure a lot of transitions within their home. Since the boys already started relating to each other as brothers, it was a joy to see them help one another working online and sharing what they knew during virtual learning. They were able to make it through that time because they each became a leader! Cheryl proposed “each one help teach one”…they are Superheroes amongst each other. They even gave Cheryl a name “Wonderwomen”! They were all proud they were promoted to the next grade. They attributed their success because they all worked together which made them Superheros.

“Having a large group of children can be a wonderful experience, learning them, nurturing them through their pain and assuring them you are there for them. When the breakthroughs come ever so slightly you know you are making a difference. That tiny ray of light soon turns into sunshine and your home is bursting with laughter and fun and you soon forget there are really sooooo many kids in your home at once. Seeing the kids flourish is unspeakable joy!” -Cheryl McCloud

 

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