Sibling Connections, Inc.

Boston, MA   |  https://siblingconnections.org

Mission

The primary goal of Sibling Connections is to support the creation of enduring family relationships and community connections for sisters and brothers who experience foster care. Our work is accomplished through innovative programs and practices that restore and strengthen the lives of siblings who have been separated when placed in the public foster care system.

Ruling year info

2008

Principal Officer

Ms Cynthia Dantas

Main address

89 South Street Suite 203

Boston, MA 02111 USA

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EIN

26-1519159

NTEE code info

Foster Care (P32)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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Sibling Connections Camp

Our weeklong camp, is held every August for sisters and brothers who have been separated in foster care across Massachusetts. For many of our campers, the week is the first time that they experience the simple pleasures of being with family - celebrating their joint birthdays with a camp wide birthday party and exchanging presents, going horseback riding, swimming, boating, zip lining, and making scrapbooks together. We hear from many campers that simply sitting down together as a family to eat meals three times a day is the highlight of the week. We carefully craft a structured environment for siblings aged 6-17, to help create shared childhood memories and a stronger sibling bond.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Sibling Sundays is a program that runs October through May of each year offering regularly scheduled opportunities for sisters and brothers who live apart to connect in a safe environment. We currently run this program in three regions of Massachusetts including Greater Boston, Lawrence/Lowell (North MA), and Springfield (Western MA). The program is designed to build upon and enhance the sibling connections developed during summer camp. We serves approximately 120 sisters and brothers who spend a Sunday afternoon participating in fun activities such as ice skating, sledding, horseback riding, swimming, and arts and crafts. Sibling Sundays provides a caring, protective environment where siblings have fun together and develop a trusting relationship with their brothers and sisters. For most children, it is the only time they get to see their brothers or sisters, outside of Department of Children & Families office visits. Sharing this experience with other children experiencing similar circumstances adds an extra layer of support for children who are often the only one in their class or social group with the stigma of being in foster care. We are able to run Sibling Sundays through the dedication of adult volunteers who serve as chaperones and support the siblings during visits.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Launched in 2016, Weekend Retreats provide separated siblings the opportunity to spend time together in an overnight setting, allowing them to bond more than they would during a day program. During our November retreat, we host a belated Thanksgiving meal as part of the weekend so that children can experience a holiday together. We host our February and April retreats during school vacation break so that the participating children have something fun to look forward to during the school year. Each retreat serves up to 35 siblings. We host retreats at winterized camps throughout Massachusetts to give separated siblings across the state the opportunity to participate.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Many of our children participate in Sibling Connections Camp year after year, and have developed a close bond with longtime volunteers and staff. We developed the YLP program for youth who are "aging out" of camp and foster care. The program runs concurrently with Camp, and participants spend the first part of the camp week in leadership training, and the second part of the week assisting camp counselors as "counselors in training. " Our goal is to provide an additional support system to the children we serve, and to encourage them to develop the skills and competencies that they will need as they transition out of care. We also use this program to recruit camp counselors as our goal is for 50% of our adult counselors to have experience with or in foster care.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adults

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Sibling Connections, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs. Susan Janosky

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