For many reasons, children entering foster care and other out-of-home care are placed in separate homes. The brothers and sisters many have leaned on through times of trouble are no longer standing beside them to give their support and comfort, adding to a child's trauma and sense of isolation.
Some kids in care have almost no visits with separated siblings because they are placed in different cities, across the state, even in different states.
CAMP TO BELONG WASHINGTON
For one week each summer, Camp To Belong Washington (CTB WA), a major program of Sibling Strong, reunites siblings with ties to Washington state. We believe these children have a right and a deep need to spend time with each other to maintain their relationship when it is impossible for them to live together. Their time at our camps and at other Sibling Strong activities helps siblings stay connected. And being with other youth who have experienced the same trauma helps them realize they are not alone in this difficult situation.
Brothers and sisters reunite at Miracle Ranch on Horseshoe Lake on Washington's beautiful Key Peninsula for some quality time. They laugh, cry, experience hope, begin healing, and create positive memories that will last a lifetime.
There's a place for separated brothers and sisters to be together again. It's called Camp To Belong Washington
Washington DCYF Secretary Ross Hunter talks about CTB WA and its importance to kids in care.
The intentional programming of Camp To Belong Washington is delivered through our Signature events.
Signature events are designed to support the mental, emotional and relational health of campers. Our Signature events also promote healing and positive behavior. Camp To Belong is one of the few programs in the United States designed specifically to address the sibling relationships of kids who are separated from their brothers and sisters by foster care placements.
SIGNATURE CAMP EVENTS
WHAT OUR CAMPERS SAY
If you ever need anything, call me. (To his little sister)
Without this camp,
Joshua and I wouldn't
have a relationship.